Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023

Come and join apprentices across the sector to find the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023. The countdown is on to find our shining stars. It could be you!

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In this online event, participants from across the country will compete to become the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023. All councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are encouraged to nominate one or more apprentices to take part, to make this a truly inspiring celebration of our apprenticeship talent.

This page has background information for all those attending the event. 

Booking for the 2023 event is now closed but you can register your interest to attend next year's event. 

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Calling all Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices…

Don’t miss your chance to shine!

The Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023 is an exciting event providing the opportunity for you to learn, network and showcase your skills, expertise, and initiative. You will work in virtual teams to experience the opportunities, risks, and challenges involved in delivering successful local government services, in a developmental environment.

The theme for this year’s event is climate change. With more and more evidence each day of the effects that climate change is having on our environment and way of living, it has never been more important to consider what we can do – both as councils and individuals – to play our part in tackling this global challenge.

Will you receive the coveted title of Local Government Apprentice of the Year?

  • Are you a Level 2 or 3 apprentice in local government looking to push yourself and to test your skills and capability?
  • Are you interested in challenging and developing yourself alongside others in the same position?
  • Would you like to stand out and be recognised amongst your peers?

Then this event is for you.

Hear why previous participants would recommend taking part in the event: 

View the video transcript

Andrianna: I definitely would recommend it. I feel it's a great chance to put yourself out of your comfort zone. It was great getting to know different people and learn from them. And to really review my skills in an atmosphere of encouragement and not really any judgement either. 

Audrey: It was just in the end a throroughly enjoyable event where you got time to speak to a lot of people that you wouldn't have spoken to before. You gained information on a lot of subjects that you might not have thought of asking.

Chantelle: I found it really interesting meeting all the other apprentices and finding out, not only what their job roles were within their local authorities, but also what their apprenticeship qualifications were in too. And it also gave me some ideas and examples to bring back to my own authority to potentially implement them within our own district. 

Karla: Since I joined West Sussex County Council and participated in the Apprentice of the Year awards, I've actually managed to secure two promotions and I feel that a lot of that is as a direct result of being able to gain recognition.

Sean: It's priceless at the end of the event, where you see everyone celebrating or clapping for the overall winner or the team winners. You really do feel part of something. And it's nice to feel valued by your own council and I'd definitely recommend it. 

When is the event and how long does it last?

The event takes place on 24 and 25 May 2023.

  • 24 May (8.30am – 4.35pm) – you will work in teams through a series of local government challenges
  • 25 May (10am – 11.30am) – you will attend with your line manager to celebrate the successes of the previous day where we will present the awards and crown our Local Government Apprentice of the Year

You must also attend a briefing session for the event on 18 May (2pm – 3pm), where you will learn about what to expect on the day, test out the Zoom technology and ask any questions. It’s a great opportunity to meet the team who will be supporting you throughout the day too.

Where is the event taking place?

This event is being held online to make it as accessible to as many participants as possible. Participants will be invited to attend a Zoom call and will require access to a computer or laptop, webcam and microphone.

Who is this event for?

This online event is open to all Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices in local government across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes all current apprentices or those recently qualified within last 12 months (both apprentices that were new starters to the organisation as well as existing employees upskilling via an apprenticeship).

How much does the event cost?

There is a charge of £149 to the council for each apprentice taking part to contribute towards the costs of running this large-scale event.

What do I get for taking part?
  • The opportunity to work alongside apprentices from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland 
  • A day of activities designed to test your skills, ideas and experience, all applied to real-life challenges faced by local government
  • Support from our team of development leads throughout the day
  • The chance to compete for awards and prizes! Certificates and prizes will be given to the ‘Local Government Apprentice of the Year’ and two runners-up, and there will also be prizes on offer for each member of the ‘Best Team’ on the day as assessed by a panel of communication professionals from across local government
  • Hear from and ask questions of guest speakers from the world of local government and apprentices. Speakers at our previous events have included former Apprenticeships and Skills Ministers Gillian Keegan MP, Alex Burghart MP and the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham
  • After the event you and your manager will be sent an individual report with your scores for each activity and an Employer Checklist. You can discuss your report with your line manager to reflect on how the event activity links to your workplace role and key elements of your apprenticeship standard.

This is a unique opportunity to develop your skills and collaborate with apprentice peers from across the country in a fun, safe and well-supported environment. 

Information for employers and managers

Your engagement and support is crucial to encourage apprentices to sign up for this event. Don’t miss this opportunity to empower and recognise outstanding talent in your council or the chance for one of your apprentices to take the coveted Local Government Apprentice of the Year ‘crown’! 

This local government challenge-style event will see participants undertake a series of activities designed to mirror real-life decision making by councils. Based on some of the core principles of the 21st century public servant model, and following this year’s theme of climate change, apprentices will work alongside and compete against like-minded peers for this prestigious title. 

It is an opportunity to support apprentices to develop the 'skills for life' and knowledge to build a successful and rewarding career and to help local government employers build a workforce with future ready skills. 

In this event, apprentices are assigned to teams of up to 10 and on day 1 each team takes part in a variety of activities aimed to develop successful workplace behaviours, linked to a range of apprenticeship Standards.

Apprentices are invited back for the second morning for an opportunity to celebrate together and crown our winners, along with a special guest speaker. We are extending this invite to line managers of apprentices taking part too, so they can celebrate with us.

But the event doesn’t just stop there. After the event, participants receive an individual report with their scores for each activity and an Employer Checklist with suggested questions for line managers to use with their apprentices to help shape a discussion linking the events activities to their workplace role and to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours covered in their apprenticeship standard.

Frequently asked questions

If you would like to know more about the Local Government Apprentice of the Year event, view the Frequently Asked Questions.

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The Apprentice of the Year was a bit nerve-racking at the start but once you get in to it, its not that bad. You get to meet people all other the country in similar roles and my team won! 

After joining Apprentice of the Year I gained a lot of recognition of my talent; I've been awarded learner of the year and was awarded for runway apprentice awards. 

I would definitely recommend this to other people because its widened my knowledge of the different areas of the council and its created other job opportunities.

Ackeem - Level 2 apprentice civil enforcement officer

(Tunbridge Wells Borough Council)

Local Government Apprentice of the Year is a joint partnership event between the LGA, East of England LGA and South West Councils. The event is open to all councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The LGA has sponsored prizes for the winner, runners up and winning team.