The Apprenticeship Management Group has unveiled the categories for its nationwide search for the best apprentices and employers.

The company, which looks after the apprenticeship training programmes and apprenticeship levy for the Electrical Distributors Association, Builders Merchants Federation, British Coating Federation, FIESTA (Furniture and Interiors, Skills and Training Alliance) and Water and other Utility Companies, amongst others, has launched its own awards initiative to find “the people that make a difference in the workplace”, explains MD John Henry.

“We look after a number of federations and organisations but we want to open this competition to not just in those, we are looking for the best apprentices out there and we want to recognise their personal achievements and contributions to their employer businesses."

The categories are Apprentice Champion of the Year, Employer of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, Intermediate Apprentice of the Year and Rising Star of the Year. To enter, email with a name, nomination, company and 200 words on why this person or business should win. There will then be a shortlist announced in May, with the awards taking place in August.