Award Categories

All apprentices registered with SBATC are eligible for nomination in one of four award categories;

The James Birnie Award for Craft Excellence: Apprentice of the Year – now in its seventeenth year, the prestigious James Birnie Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the talents of Scotland’s traditional craft apprentices undertaking any of the four year SVQ level 3 programmes.

Adult Apprentice of the Year – this longstanding award acknowledges experienced apprentices undertaking an SVQ level 3 traditional craft apprenticeship whilst registered on the two year adult programme.

Civil Engineering Apprentice of the Year – celebrating the growing contribution made by civil engineering apprentices, this award focuses on candidates undertaking apprenticeships in general construction operations, highways maintenance, roadbuilding, plant operations and plant maintenance.

Construction Specialist Apprentice of the Year – this recently introduced award aims to distinguish apprentices working towards an SVQ level 2 ‘specialist skill’ apprenticeship in areas such as scaffolding, glazing, sealant application, ames taping, roof sheeting and cladding, ceiling fixing and demolition.


All candidates nominated must have been an SBATC registered apprentice at some juncture in the calendar year in which the awards are taking place.

Whilst submissions will be welcomed for any such apprentices regardless of their stage of development, it is perhaps worth noting that apprentices who are maybe a little further on in their particular programme may tend to be more successful, simply by virtue of the fact that they will have had a greater opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and abilities.

Nominations will be gratefully received from employers, managing agents, colleges, clients, training providers and other stakeholders.

You can nominate your apprentice for the SBATC Apprentice of the Year Awards here.