Nominate your Sheffield apprentices for city awards

The Sheffield Telegraph is supporting the fourth annual Sheffield City Region Apprenticeship Awards, headlined by Amazon, which celebrate hardworking apprentices across the region.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 12:00 am

With close to a million active apprenticeships across England alone, apprenticeship schemes have fast become a route to future employment for thousands and provide hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work.

These awards recognise and reward both the apprentices and their employers across the Sheffield City Region.

Independent people and talent consultancy, Gradconsult, are sponsoring the higher and degree apprenticeship category. Degree and higher apprenticeships are offered by many universities and training providers, including Sheffield Hallam University.

The aim is for students to achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. Higher and Degree apprentices are employed throughout the programme and spend part of their time studying and the rest with their employer.

Sheffield-based Servelec, provider of digital care software across healthcare, social care, education and youth services employ over 450 people at four different locations.

Their Digital Academy is made up of 12-degree apprentices, working full-time while studying for a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional at Hallam.

Apprentices work in software development, focusing on gaining core software development skills and supporting better connectivity between health and care systems. They’ll gain degree-level academic and practical skills in digital programming – and graduate with industry experience too.

Damian De Luca, academy lead, said: “Sheffield is a hub of incredible digital talent, and by offering our degree apprenticeships in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, we’re providing an unparalleled standard of technical education alongside a competitive wage.”

To enter the awards and see all the categories, visit by June 30.