On Wednesday 12 October 2022, at the East Midlands Regional Apprenticeship Awards, Steve was awarded (by the Royal Air Force), the Highly Commended Winner for Apprentice Champion of the Year 2022! 
"Without the work that all of us do, the current and future learning needs of our sector would be fundamentally harmed, and people wouldn’t have the opportunities to prosper and develop their own careers." 

What is the Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Award? 

Department for Education - National Apprenticeship Awards 2022 - East Midlands Highly Commended
The Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year is for individuals who champion apprenticeships with enthusiasm. Their passion for apprenticeships is exceptional. The judges are looking for strong advocates of apprenticeships who showcase how they proactively go beyond their normal duties to promote apprenticeships as an excellent career route and a way to boost business success. More information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Awards website. 

Steve's nomination 

I thought it was important to nominate Steve for this award. I was so impressed with his achievements; all my management experience would have told me that placing apprentices in 54 organisations was a Herculean task, and one that must have required a huge amount of patience, approachability and relationship building.  
I really wanted to publicise that Steve, and the wider team at NATH, placed more than two hundred people in more than 20 roles, starting out in roles that will give them education and a bright future, and the NHS vital skills and enthusiastic people.  
I also think we need to get the word out that the NHS is a good place for apprenticeships - that we can support a wide range of people, at all levels of their career, in clinical roles and in administration and management. My nomination reflected that, and the benefits of apprenticeships in making the workforce more representative of the people who live in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

What the judges said... 

He was a great role model for apprenticeships, breaking down barriers and collaborating with wider partners to champion apprenticeships to a wider audience. 

What our Programme Manager said... 

The resulting award is a real testament to his knowledge and skills regarding apprenticeships, so well done and well deserved. He is a beacon in the Midlands and wider for his work in this area which still feels new to many in primary care. 

What Steve said on his award... 

Whilst it’s great to receive this recognition, the real pride comes from the job we do in enabling people to learn new skills whether it be via apprenticeships, placements, CPD / Workforce Development Funding, Multi-Professional Support Unit (MPSU) and all of the other activities we are involved in. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day motions of work but what we do really does impact on the lives on those working in or aspiring to work in Primary and Social care. 
Without the work that all of us do, the current and future learning needs of our sector would be fundamentally harmed, and people wouldn’t have the opportunities to prosper and develop their own careers. 
Sometimes, especially during tough times, we need to remember what a great job we all do, why we do it and the importance of our roles in helping others. 

Want to know more about apprenticeships? 

If you are interested in finding out how we can support your GP Practice set-up apprenticeships for your staff, or interested in undertaking an apprenticeship yourself, visit our Apprenticeships webpage, and/or get in contact with us via alliance.hub1@nhs.net. 
All winners at the East Midlands Regional Apprenticeship Awards (Steve White is far left) 
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