The countdown is on to finding our apprentice national shining stars, as we bring together the sectors apprenticeship community. 

Come and join apprentices across the sector in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to find the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2023

This online event will take place virtually on 24 & 25 May 2023. It is a national event, developed by a partnership between the East of England LGA and South West Councils and the LGA.  All Councils are encouraged to send one or more apprentices to take part to make this a truly inspiring celebration of our apprenticeship talent.

Working in virtual teams apprentices will experience the opportunities, risks, and challenges involved in delivering successful local government services, in a developmental environment, it is set to be a really exciting day. It will provide apprentices with the opportunity to learn, network and showcase their skills, expertise, and initiative.

This is a national event and is open to all level 2 and level 3 apprentices in local government.

When is the event and how long does it last?

The event takes place on 24 and 25 May 2023.

  • 24 May (8.30am – 4.30pm) – you will work in teams through a series of local government challenges
  • 25 May (10am – 11am) – you will attend with your line manager to celebrate the successes of the previous day, present the awards and crown our Local Government Apprentice of the Year

Will you receive the coveted title of 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 LG Apprentice of the Year 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 should take part?

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, and apprentices that were new starters to the organisation as well as existing employees upskilling via an apprenticeship.

What is the cost to participate?

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.

Payment Details

Bookings are through the East of England LGA , who can only accept credit card payment for this event.  You will be required to make a payment when booking a place.  If you experience any technical difficulties when trying to book a place, this could be because the online payment system is not supported by internet explorer.  Please check the web browser you are using.  

If you have any queries please email 

Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings open from Friday 10 February 2023 for this event here.

Bookings are open until Wednesday 3 May 2023.

For cancellations made less than 14 working days before the event, or non atendance on the day, no refund will be given. 

For the full booking and cancellation policy 

What benefits does the apprentice get?
  • The chance to work alongside apprentices from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland 
  • A day of tasks 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
  • The chance to 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 Rotheram
  • 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.

Don’t wait – register your apprentices now to experience all that this event has to offer! 

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