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The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild has great pleasure in announcing that once again it is looking for outstanding young people to honour in its’ Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017.

The purpose of the Guild Awards is to celebrate the achievements of local young people who are either apprentices or trainees and who are currently undertaking a contracted training programme linked to a recognised career path.  Nominees do not have to be in the final year of their apprenticeship/training scheme.

This year we are looking for two Apprentices of the Year – one in the small/medium employer category (up to 200 employees), and one in the large employer category (over 200 employees).

There will be a maximum of three finalists for each award who will be selected from the total number of applications submitted to the Guild by the closing date of Friday 1st December 2017.

The finalists will then be invited to meet a panel of judges on Tuesday 9th January 2018 that will select the apprentices who in their opinion qualify for the titles of Apprentice of the Year.  In addition, the judges have the option to award The Endeavour Award to a candidate they consider has overcome some considerable difficulty in their life and/or has gone the extra mile to help others.

The Awards dinner will be held in St Mary’s Hall on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 when the winners of this year’s competition will be announced.

The Awards Dinner will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, who is also the President of the Guild.

We are delighted that our guest speaker this year will be Kevin Rodgers, Chief Executive of WM Housing Group.

The Apprentices of the Year will each receive a cheque for £1000 plus a trophy.

In addition the employers and training providers of the Apprentices of the Year will also receive a trophy.

The Endeavour Award winner and remaining finalists will receive a trophy and a cheque for £100.

The application form and entry criteria can be downloaded through the links below:

Apprentice of the Year Application Form 2017

Apprentice of the Year entry criteria 2017

If you have any questions or require further information please contact

Judy Ryder


We look forward to receiving your applications for these prestigious awards.

A history of the competition and a list of previous winners can be found here.

The Freemen’s Guild is grateful for the support of our sponsors for the

Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017 


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