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2024 Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year Competition

The BSSA are pleased to support the development of apprentices. Enter your apprentices for the prestigious Metals Industry Awards 2024.

Two annual awards to recognise exceptional development, high level skills and commitment to progression amongst apprentices in the metals industry.

The Competition

Now in its 25th year, the Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year competition is sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers. There are two awards:

Career Development Award: designed to encourage and reward exceptional personal development and commitment to career progression.

Craft Skills Award: designed to encourage and reward the achievement of high level, practical, hands-on engineering, metallurgy or manufacturing skills.

At the discretion of the judges, Runner-up awards may be granted for either one or both Categories of award. Details of these Runner-up awards and how they are administered will be advised directly to the recipients when the announcement of the Award Winners / Runners-up is made by the judging panel.

The Competition seeks to raise awareness of the vital contribution that apprentices make, both to their companies and the metals industry as a whole. Both awards have excellent prizes. Previous winners have gone on to achieve significant operational roles in the industry.

Applications are invited from current apprentices, or apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship since 1st January 2023, in any job or position in a UK metals company. The judges will be looking for apprentices who have made exceptional progress in developing their knowledge, skills and career in metals. They will also be seeking apprentices who have made an outstanding contribution to their company and those who can demonstrate the greatest development during their apprenticeship. Evidence of “distance travelled”, in terms of individual achievement, together with contribution and commitment to the company will be as important as having achieved advanced skills or qualifications.

The Prizes

Each award winner will receive:

A cheque for £1,000 to spend on IT equipment

A place at the official presentation dinner: Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers at Vintners’ Hall in the City of London on Friday 19th April 2024. A payment of £200 will also be made towards overnight accommodation in London and travel expenses. A senior Director of the Award Winner’s company will also be invited.

Judging criteria

Career Development Award: Evidence of exceptional personal development and commitment to career progression.

For example: breadth of learning and experience, development of personal skills, such as confidence of communication; or qualifications gained.

Craft Skills Award: evidence of high level, practical, “hands-on” engineering, metallurgy or manufacturing skills.

Both Awards: Development and achievements made during the apprenticeship, taking into account the apprentice’s starting point, as well as level reached. Significant or noteworthy contribution made to the company e.g. project work or involvement in teamwork activity.

Eligibility & requirements

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and agree to fulfil all the requirements of the Award, as follows:

  1. Metals Industry: at time of application, applicants must be working in a UK metals company – i.e. a business engaged in making, manipulating (e.g. casting, forging, forming), treating, recycling or distributing metals – and operating in the UK. This includes all businesses covered by Metals Forum trade associates. See metalsforum.org
  2. Apprenticeship: applicants must be working towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship or have completed their apprenticeship since 1st January 2023. They should have completed at least six months of their apprenticeship at the time of application.
  3. Nomination: applicants must be supported by the apprentice’s company.
  4. Interview: applicants must be available to attend an interview at The Cutlers’ Hall, Church Street, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 1HG on Thursday 14th March 2024.
  5. Presentation: award winners must be willing to attend the presentation at the Court Dinner in London on Friday 19th April 2024.
  6. Publicity: the winners, runners-up and their companies must be willing to participate in publicity surrounding the award and the promotion of apprenticeships in the metals industry.

Applications

The application form, completed by the apprentice, together with a letter of recommendation from a manager in their company, should be sent by e-mail to: Elizabeth Bonfield, Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers at ebonfield@skills4uk.com

For a copy of the application form contact Elizabeth Bonfield by email.

Timetable

Application deadline Friday 1st March 2024
Interviews in Sheffield Thursday 14th March 2024
Presentation at Court Dinner in City of London Friday 19th April 2024

2024 Metals AppofYr Application Form v2