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Applications are now open for the National Apprenticeships Awards; do you think you've got what it takes to be a winner?

Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the annual National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate apprentices who have made outstanding contributions to their workplaces.

The awards give apprentices the chance to share their personal experiences and explain how their apprenticeship has made a difference to their careers, inspiring others to follow the same path.
<h2>So why should you apply?</h2>
<img width="50%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/7/71/Instagram_style.jpg" alt="National Apprenticeships Awards 2017" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;">If you become a finalist...

You'll receive a top accolade recognising your hard work and your role in playing a leading part in apprenticeships.

• You'll get your 15 minutes of fame. Award winners are feature in national media, including radio and television.

• You'll become an ambassador of apprenticeships, helping to inform the government’s future policy.

Plus, well - it's going to look pretty good on your CV, isn't it?

<b>You can enter by going to the National Apprenticeship Awards site

<h2>Interested? Check out which category you should enter</h2>
There are three categories for apprentices, and you can apply if you're currently working towards one or have completed one in the past 12 months. These are linked to the level of your apprenticeship.

Intermediate apprentice of the year (level 2)

• Advanced level apprentice of the year (level 3)

• Higher or degree apprentice of the year (level 4 or higher)

<h2>What are the judges looking for?</h2>
<img width="50%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/d/db/Group_photo.jpg" alt="National Apprenticeships Awards" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;">Competition is fierce; there were more than 1,200 applications last year.

To make your application stand out from the rest, you'll need to impress the judges by showing how you've made a difference to the organisation where you're working. Applications are scored on the following criteria.

Showing commitment to your personal development and progression.

Showing outstanding contribution to your workplace - in particular, areas or projects where you have exceeded expectations.

Demonstrating inspirational levels of achievement and attainment

<h2>Check out the video from last year's ceremony:</h2>

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The awards are open to entries now, with the application window closing at 5pm on Friday 26 May.