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Nottingham Trent University Apprenticeship Awards

The 2021 NTU Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony took place virtually on 5 May 2021.

The Nottingham Trent University Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the hard work, success, and achievements of our many excellent apprentices and employers who are engaged with NTU's apprenticeship programmes.

The awards are an opportunity for employers to nominate their apprentices to be recognised for their outstanding work in their industry and studies with the chance to win an Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award. We also recognise the support and dedication from employers to their apprentices in the Apprentice Employer of the Year categories.

Take a look back at the nominees and winners of the 2021 Apprenticeship Awards - congratulations again to all of our winners.


Find out more about the winners and their categories below.

Lucy Acraman, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Financial, Legal and Business Services; and Apprentice of the Year

“To win Apprentice of the Year was absolutely unbelievable. I might have cried a little bit! I’ve proven to myself that hard work really does pay off."

Kate Rose, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Food, Manufacturing and Service Industries

“It felt great to be recognised by my employer and the judges for my attitude to work and the genuine interest I display in the workplace for projects that allows me to gain more understanding of the technical aspects of my role.”

Sonja Longdon, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Public Services

“When my name was read out as the winner, I couldn’t believe it, I really couldn’t. I cried after I was announced as the winner.”

Daniel Spendlove, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Construction and Engineering

“It felt great to be announced as the winner, it’s a great way to finish my apprenticeship at NTU. I’ve been studying my apprenticeship for 5 years, so it was a really nice way to end.”

Nicole Chapman, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Health, Education and Care

“I was very, very excited, I didn’t quite believe it. I’m happy for everyone who nominated me. It was a complete shock to win.”

Boots, Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (250+ employees)

"It’s a privilege to be selected as ‘Large Employer of the Year’ at the NTU Apprenticeship Awards. We’re proud of the achievements of all our team members who have studied with NTU, and the support that has been provided by line managers and mentors across the business since our partnership began in 2016."

Edge PS Ltd, Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (1 - 249 employees)

“It was fantastic for EDGE to receive this award and is testament to the hard work by everyone involved in putting our trainee and apprenticeship programme together."

Charlotte Brown, The First Year Apprentice of the Year

“It’s not often that I’m speechless, but I couldn’t believe it. I’m thankful for my colleagues’ support and my manager for nominating me in the first place, and for NTU’s support on my apprenticeship so far. I’m so chuffed!”

Our Apprentice of the Year


In this video, Outstanding Apprentice of the Year Lucy Acraman talks about her experience and gives advice for those looking to pursue a degree apprenticeship.

We would like to offer special thanks to our independent judging panel who volunteered their time to review and score each award nomination anonymously.

  • Alison Cox, CMI
  • Louise Cairns, The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink
  • Lucy Grierson, RIBA
  • Simeon Powell, Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

We would also like to thank each and every employer who nominated an apprentice: Active Care Group, Arc Building Consultancy, Balfour Beatty, BGL Group, Boots, Bowmer and Kirkland, Cross Keys Homes Ltd, Da Vinci Academy, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Dice Consulting Engineers, Edge PS Ltd, Edmond Shipway LLP, Engie, English Martyrs Catholic School, FP McCann, Gleeds, Griffith Foods, Just Vehicle Solutions, Kindeva Drug Delivery Limited, KP Snacks, MinsterFB, Mondelez International, Nature's Way Foods, NG Property Surveyor, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, NUH NHS Trust, Renuntio, RJA Consultants, Rolls-Royce, Sherwood Medical Partnership, Solid Point Ltd, Stephen Daykin Consulting, The Dairy Creative Agency, The Martin High School, Unilever, University Hospitals of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and WJB Training & Consultancy.

Apply for the 2022 NTU Apprenticeship Awards

Applications for the 2022 awards will be opening on 1 November 2021, so watch this space and don’t miss out! 

In the meantime, please email if you have any further enquiries.