Apprentices and employers from across the country will join together on 22 November for Learning Unlimited’s first National Apprenticeship Awards.

The evening of glitz and glamour at Ponds Forge in Sheffield sets out to celebrate national apprenticeships and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment made by organisations over the past year.

The shortlist has been completed and the celebration is now just weeks away. Winners will be announced during the ceremony, which is being compered by TV personality and journalist, Helen Fospero.

Invitations have been issued and places are filling fast but there are some remaining tickets, at just £15 each, still available for the extravaganza that includes a drink on arrival and three course meal along with music and dancing until 1am.

Mark Bennington, Vice Principal, Commercial Services and Enterprise at Learning Unlimited, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing everyone together for an evening of celebration. It will be the perfect opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements made by apprentices and businesses.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past year with colleagues and also network with other businesses.”

Awards will include Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, and Higher Apprentice of the Year to recognise those apprentices who have demonstrated an outstanding approach to their development. There will also be a special Dedication to Apprenticeship Award for the apprentice who has gone above and beyond their role as an apprentice.

Employers have also been shortlisted across six categories of awards that are designed to recognise companies who have shown a commitment to developing their workforce through apprenticeships. There are also two further categories of awards for individuals who have provided outstanding support to apprentices in the workplace.