Nominations are now being sought for the prestigious NIAA2023.

The NIAA2023 will recognise and showcase excellence and best practice in the participation and delivery of Apprenticeships. Finalists will be selected and invited to a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 29th March 2023.

These awards honour:

  • Valued Apprentices who are making a significant contribution to their workplace and have shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning;
  • Influential partnerships between Employers and Training Providers that support the continuous growth of skills development in Northern Ireland; and,
  • For the first year, Mentors who provide an outstanding contribution to the Apprenticeship programmes.

Applications are now open for five award categories:

  • Apprentice Award (Levels 2-3);
  • Higher Level Apprentice Award (Level 4+);
  • Large Employer in partnership with a Training Provider Award (employers with more than 250 employees);
  • Small to Medium-sized Enterprise in partnership with a Training Provider Award (employers with less than 250 employees); and,
  • Outstanding Mentor Award.

All nominees for the Apprentice and Higher Level Apprentice Awards must have been on the ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeship Programme in 2022.

Completed nomination forms must be returned before 12:00 noon on Friday 18th November 2022 to: – late returns will not be accepted.

Full details on application criteria for each of the awards, and how to apply, are available on the Department’s website at:

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