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Nominations now open for Skillsmart apprentice awards

As the 22 June deadline for entries to the first Retail Apprentice of the Year Award fast approaches, Skillsmart Retail is urging all applicants interested in entering employees for the award, part of the Rising Star Awards, to get their entries in as soon as possible.

The Retail Apprentice of the Year Award (Level 3) is a new category within the Rising Star Awards, which is aimed at recognising the talents of people working their way up through the retail ranks and rewarding their efforts and achievements as the future leaders of retail.

The winner of the award will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in September.

Employers or learning providers, together with their Apprentices should complete an entry form and return it to Skillsmart Retail no later than 22 June 07.

The new Retail Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the achievements of Apprentices within the retail industry, and in an effort to demonstrate the benefits of training and to promote awareness of the retail industry at a national level it is designed to reflect and showcase best practice in the sector.

The award is the perfect opportunity for employers and learning providers to become involved and to nominate deserving apprentices for this prestigious title.

Nominations are open to level 3 Retail Apprentices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Each entry will be assessed on the basis of an apprentice’s achievements in the distance travelled for four key areas including career progression, exceeding employers” expectations, contribution to the business objectives and impact on the organisation and benefit to the employer.

An independent panel of experts will judge entries submitted to the Retail Apprentice of the Year Award.

The awards themselves will be presented to winners during a glamorous gala dinner on 27 September 2007 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London.

For further information and details on how to enter, please see the Skillsmart Retail website. Entry forms can be downloaded from or by emailing a request for a copy to [email protected]. The Apprentice’s employer must endorse all entries.

Chris Mitchell

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