Entries are now open for the 2022 Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers ranking, which celebrates England’s highest-performing apprentice employers.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers celebrates England’s outstanding apprenticeship employers and helps future apprentices, parents and careers advisers to identify apprenticeship opportunities at the country’s leading employers.

There are two entry categories:

  • the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for employers with 250+ employees
  • the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers for small and medium-sized employers with 10-249 employees

First launched in 2020, the annual employer rankings have been developed by the Department for Education, in partnership with High-Fliers Research, who independently assess and rank the nation’s top apprenticeship employers.  The rankings were not produced in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but they are returning in 2022 to showcase the apprenticeship employers that have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships over the last 12 months.

And new for 2022, England’s top small and medium-sized enterprises will be featured for the first time in the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers.  Employers will be recognised for their commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their new apprentices, and the number of apprentices who complete their apprenticeships and progress further with the employer.

Together, the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers for 2022 will reveal which of the nation’s employers, large and small, have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships in the past year.  Apprenticeship employers in every industry and employment sector, from accountancy, fashion and law, to teaching, nursing, construction and engineering are invited to enter for the rankings in 2022.  Entries open in early February and the new rankings will be announced during a special live broadcast in the summer of 2022.

“The business benefits and career opportunities created by apprenticeships makes them a key feature of our commitment to level up skills and opportunity across the country.  There are thousands of employers of all sizes and sectors that are providing individuals with the chance to learn new skills and have successful careers, while boosting their business’ success in the process.  These rankings will help everyone, from young people to career-changers, to make informed decisions about their future and unleash their full potential. I encourage all eligible employers to enter.”  Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education

Entries are free-of-charge, and the entry form has been specifically designed to be simple and straightforward for employers to complete.  The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 25 March 2022.

For more information about the rankings and to enter your organisation visit: https://www.topapprenticeshipemployers.co.uk/ and follow Apprenticeships Twitter and Apprenticeships LinkedIn for updates.