Dorset Apprenticeship Awards 2017
Date: March 6, 2017
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Entries are open from 6th March 2017 for the Dorset Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

Apprenticeships are providing a strong option for businesses to develop their talent and build their business for the future and a credible career path for individuals who commit to the Apprenticeship.

This is the fifth year the competition has run and this year the format is being enhanced to provide awards to recognise the Dorset,

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the year
  • Advanced Apprentice of the year
  • Higher Apprentice of the year
  • The apprenticeship progression award for the apprentice who has demonstrated inspirational progress (judged across all award entries)

In each category the Apprentice that demonstrates adding exceptional value to the business in which they work and applying exemplary application, commitment and attitude will be recognised.

The award is sponsored by Geoffrey Warde MBE and supported by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network.

The Dorset Apprenticeship Awards, renamed this year from the Warde Apprenticeship Awards, have been established for several years and are sponsored by Geoffrey Warde MBE. Geoffrey is a well-known local businessman and former President of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and said “I have been a long term supporter of the apprenticeship programme. It is absolutely essential that businesses invest in training and development of their staff if they are to remain competitive in a global economy. This is why apprentices are so important.”

Rod Davis, from the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network said, “The Dorset Apprenticeship Award has seen a growing number of applicants year on year over recent years, there are exceptional Apprenticeship opportunities in the county, offered by strong businesses, supported by high quality Training Providers and Colleges and with inspiring Apprentices. It is a pleasure for DSTPN to be associated with this competition in partnership with DCCI and we look forward to the challenge of finding the best of the best in the judging room in May 2017.”


Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry added “We have many fantastic businesses in Dorset taking a really proactive approach and really engaging on the apprenticeship programme. We also have some incredibly talented people on the apprenticeship programme achieving real success – these awards are all about celebrating this achievements.”

Does your Apprentice demonstrate the qualities to be the award winner for 2017?:

Fill out the application form HERE

Previous winners include Alex Seton, an engineering apprentice with Cobham plc in 2013, Scott Etches an Equine Management Apprentice with Ten Acre Livery in 2014, Tonderai Taringa, an applications developer at JP Morgan in 2015 and Jack Bull a Higher Level Apprentice with JP Morgan Chase who was undertaking an apprenticeship in Financial Services claiming the Apprentice of the Year title 2016 after being chosen from a record number of entries.

Judges cited his professionalism, application, hard work and enthusiasm as key factors in his success.

The Award this year will be presented to the award winners at the prestigious launch of the Dorset Business Awards on Wednesday June 14th 2017.








Application forms and guidance are also available from the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network or from Rod Davis of the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network


All entries to be e-mailed to Rod by 5:00pm on Friday 12th May 2017 with the judging taking place in late May.

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