18:30 - 22:30


This year’s event takes place at the Winter Gardens on Thursday 13th June, and will celebrate the excellence of our apprentices, trainees, and learners that completed an industry placement - as well as recognising the work of our business network.


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How Judging Works

All entries will be looked at by our judges and shortlisted on their merits. Judges will be looking for learners who display professional and personal progression, so remember to include evidence of this in the application.

Any shortlisted businesses will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the ceremony. 

Shortlisted learners will be invited to the ceremony and will receive two complimentary tickets to bring family or friends. Apprentices will also be accompanied by their nominator, assessor and an invite will be sent to their manager/employer. 

The winners will be announced at the event on Thursday 13th June.

Business Awards Timeline - nominations, then filming, then judging and then event




Our 2023 Business Awards were a huge success, recognising over 25 learners and businesses who study or work with Weston College.

Click here to read the full story from last year’s event

Business, Finance and Professional Services Apprentice of the Year

Thatchers Cider

Construction Apprentice of the Year

Ashton Scaffolding Services

Digital Apprentice of the Year

Visit Somerset

Service Sectors Apprentice of the Year

Weston College

Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year

Andy Hall Cars

Into Work Learner of the Year

Southern Co-op and Dunstan House Inn

Industry Placement Learner of the Year


Health, Sport and Community Apprentice of the Year

Future Starts Coaching

Leadership and Management Apprentice of the Year


Luke Wheaton Engineering Apprentice of the Year

Rolls Royce

Overall Learner of the Year

Jess from VADO

Small Employer of the Year

The Ginger Pig Kitchen

Medium Employer of the Year

Thatchers Cider

Large Employer of the Year

Avon Fire & Rescue

Inclusive Practice Employer of the Year

Puxton Park

Industry Placement Employer of the Year


Work Experience Employer of the Year

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Pre-employment Employer of the Year

Somerset NHS Trust

Traineeship Employer of the Year

Future Starts Coaching

Sustainability Partner of the Year

Burnham and Weston Energy

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