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Breakthrough Apprentice of the Year

Recognising and celebrating the significant contribution made by an apprentice within their organisation in the healthcare sector, sponsored by UNISON.

Nomination form
Breakthrough Apprentice | Our Health Heroes Awards | Skills for Health

Who is eligible?

This award shines a light on the talented upcoming stars of the future, with individuals who have not only gone above and beyond at their organisation, but act as advocates and ambassadors for apprenticeships as a route to healthcare careers, in both clinical and operational roles.

Nominees will either be currently undertaking an apprenticeship or have completed it in 2021. Anyone can make a nomination, including members of the public.

  • Being an effective colleague – being part of the team and proactively supporting the work of others


  • Putting classroom-based learning into practice, demonstrating effective knowledge, skills or behaviours

  • Demonstrating a positive impact on patient / service user experience, for their team, manager or employer

  • Showing a caring and compassionate approach to patients and/or service users at their organisation

  • Identifying opportunities to innovate, and undertake new ways of working that makes a positive difference

  • Having a positive attitude and willingness to embrace innovation and improvement

  • Being a strong role model for the organisation and its ethos, particularly for other apprentices

  • An ambassador for apprenticeships and professional learning & development in the healthcare sector

  • Demonstrating how the apprenticeship has made an impact on their personal and professional lives

Start your nomination here

Complete the form on this page to make your nomination, which must include an overview of why you are nominating this person (no more than 500 words).

The nomination process takes approximately 10-15 minutes. You can click ‘Save and continue later’ at any time, at the bottom of the form, and provide your email address to receive a link to complete your nomination at a later date.

Alternatively you can download the form here, complete it and email it to

As part of the nomination, we ask for some simple information about you, such as your name, job title and contact details. This is so we can let you know if your nominee is successful in winning an award.

If you have any questions about what’s involved in the nomination process, please email

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