Apprentice of the Year Award

CIHT's Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of apprentices who work in the highways and transportation sector, and the organisations that put them at the heart of their business.


Stand out from the crowd and kickstart your career

The Apprentice of the Year Award enables the Apprentice and the Employer to stand out from the crowd, showcase their achievements and boost their reputation.

A simple and concise entry form ensures that Apprentices can enter without hassle and be in with a chance of being the No. 1 apprentice in the Highways and Transportation sector.

We’ve made it even easier by giving you guidance on what to focus on in the Award Criteria. So download the entry form and enter today. It could be you!

Five ways winning will help you stand out from the crowd

  • Boost your profile in the sector
  • Further enhance your reputation and confidence in your workplace
  • Fast track your career with this prestigious award
  • Receive numerous opportunities to network with leaders in the industry
  • Receive formal recognition of your dedication and achievements

Want even more . . .

  • The 2019 CIHT Apprentice of the Year will receive a trophy and £150 gift card
  • The winner will receive a free ticket to the CIHT Young Professionals Conference. Previous brands attending the conference have included Uber, Google and 20+ Industry leading speakers
  • All entrants will also be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win a £50 gift card.

Don’t just take our word for it . . .

Last year’s winner Erin Ruddy says;

‘Winning the AOTYA has been great because it has allowed me to have more self confidence in the workplace . . . The AOTYA has also helped me professionally as since winning the award I have been taken more seriously within the industry and been given more independence. The AOTYA has opened new doors for me and since then I have attended numerous important CIHT events and conferences such as the annual luncheon. As a whole I would recommend submitting for the award as it is a great opportunity to become noticed within the industry and sets you apart from other competitors.’

I am an employer, why should I encourage an Apprentice to enter?

  • Increase the profile of your organisation with national PR opportunities
  • Enhance your organisation’s reputation as a champion of Apprentices
  • Demonstrate the contribution and value of the Apprentice scheme to your employers
  • Showcase their achievements and boost your reputation as a positive employer
  • Receive networking opportunities with industry leaders and help shape the future of the Institution
  • Receive formal recognition for your dedication and achievements

Award Criteria

You must be an apprentice member of the CIHT in order to enter. Apprentices in the highways and transportation industry can join CIHT by visiting our apprentice membership area and completing an online application form.

Judges are looking for apprentices who have made a difference to the organisation they work in and the wider industry. This will be measured according to the following criteria:

  1. Managing Change - how have you embraced the challenge of a demanding work placement and study programme in the changing landscape of highways and transportation?

  2. Commitment & Contribution – how have you gone above and beyond what was expected of you in your role on one or more specific projects or initiatives?

  3. Future – what attributes do you have that will enable you to achieve future success in the highways and transportation industry? Have you been involved in STEM activity? How will you inspire others to do the same?

How to enter

Download and submit the entry form by 12:00 on Thursday 5 September 2019.

Your entry should take the form of a 750 to 1000 word statement of how you have met the above criteria. Please note that entries exceeding 1000 words will not be considered by the judges.

All entries must be submitted electronically to on the form provided before 12:00 on Monday 2nd September 2019.

Your entry must be supported by your line manager, placement supervisor or a senior individual within your workplace or training provider. Space for this declaration is included in the entry form.

Please note that the application must be written by the applicant.


In order to be eligible for the CIHT Apprentice of the Year Award, you must be working with your employer and enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme in a highways and transportation related occupation. There is no age restriction for entrants.

Your employer or training provider will need to support your entry for the award. Please note that an employer or training provider may choose to support more than one submission.


This award will be judged by:

  • Martin Tugwell - CIHT president
  • Catherine de Marco OBE - Department for Transport
  • Erin Ruddy - CIHT Apprentice of the Year Winner 2018

The judges will identify a shortlist of five finalists who will be invited for a short interview to give them the opportunity to speak about their experience as an apprentice. Shortlisted candidates will also be expected to provide a five minute presentation on how they interpret the CIHT values. The five finalists will also be invited to attend the Young Professionals Conference as CIHT guests on 14 November 2019 where the award will be presented to the winner.

Next steps

Download and submit the entry form by 12:00 on Thursday 5 September 2019.

For more information or any questions please email



Apply today

Deadline: Thursday 5 September 2019

Got a question? 020 7336 1571