The Apprentice Award is made each year to recognise an apprentice who has shown an exceptional commitment to their chosen career path.
In 2015 – 2016, over 900,000 people were participating in an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships have the added value of giving people on the job training, real workplace experience, a working salary whilst training, and career progression prospects.
With the added pressure of higher fees for degrees being implemented in the UK, the attraction of apprenticeships is increasing. People aged 25 and over accounted for 44% of apprenticeship starts in 2015/16. People aged 19-24 accounted for 30% and under 19s represented 2.6% of apprentices.
For many, it’s far better to gain some training and practical workplace experience in their chosen field rather than doing a degree and working up the ladder after graduation.
The Furniture Makers’ Company is eager to encourage and reward apprenticeship efforts and initiatives and promote them as an example to others. The Furniture Makers’ Company Apprentice Award’s will recognise exceptional apprentices who are progressing within the industry, and the companies who are supporting them.
Any company who considers their apprentice worthy of the award and operates in Great Britain is eligible to apply.
Companies are invited to submit entries for consideration by a panel of judges, which will select the apprentice deemed to have made exceptional progress and demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the furnishing industry.
The panel of judges will consider all the submissions at a meeting to be held after the closing date for entries of 19 May 2017 and a shortlist will then be drawn up. Companies which are shortlisted will be invited to make a brief presentation of their application to the judges and to answer any questions at a meeting to be held at Furniture Makers’ Hall in June.
The winner and shortlisted firms will be permitted to use The Furniture Makers’ Company logo on their own websites and publicity where the 2017 Apprentice Award is described or mentioned.
The Furniture Makers’ Company will raise public and trade awareness of the award via a PR campaign about the winner, the shortlisted candidates, and their apprentice programmes.
Questions about this award can be directed to the Chief Executive and Clerk of The Furniture Makers’ Company on