Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards now taking nominations
Nominations are now open for the Hospitality Guild's second annual apprenticeship awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers, providers and mentors working in the hospitality industry in England.
Suzy Jackson, executive director of the Hospitality Guild, said that last year's awards had established themselves as the premier event celebrating apprentices' achievements and that she was looking forward to building on its success this year.
"We had such impressive nominations last year and the overall quality was outstanding. It really highlighted the fantastic work that apprentices do and, with apprenticeships at the top of everyone's agenda at the moment, we're really hoping to build on the success of last year's awards.
Nominations for the following categories are now open:
• Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
• Advanced Apprentice of the Year
• Apprenticeship Mentor of the Year
• Employer of the Year: SME (less than 250 employees)
• Employer of the Year: Large (more than 250 employees)
• Partnership of the Year
The award winners will be announced at an exclusive event in London in early December, where the Hospitality Guild will also be recognising rising stars from across the sector by inducting them into the Hospitality Guild's Young Hall of Fame. Both last year's and this year's intermediate and advanced apprenticeship winners will also be entered into the Young Hall of Fame.
The Apprenticeship Awards will once again be held in partnership with sector skills council People 1st, and have received support from a wide range of industry organisations and leaders, including the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE), AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers), the BII (British Institute of Innkeeping) and general manager of Galvin at Windows and founder of National Waiters Day, Fred Sirieix.
The awards have the full support of David Way, executive director, National Apprenticeship Service. He said: "Many great figures in the hospitality industry started life as apprentices and their training gave them the confidence and skills to see their talent blossom. Awards help to build this confidence and motivate people to be the best they can."