PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2024 Winners Revealed

We are thrilled to unveil the exceptional winners of the PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2024, carefully selected from a record-breaking number of high-quality applications. This remarkable response underscores the industry’s unwavering commitment to recognizing and nurturing emerging talent.

Our finalists, who showcased remarkable dedication and skill, participated in our final event on April 3rd, delivering outstanding performances. However, after much deliberation, we are delighted to announce our deserving winners:


Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeships (Levels 2 & 3) WINNER  – Emily Macdonald, Wigan Council

Higher/Degree Apprenticeships (levels 4 to 7) WINNER – Chrissy Diaz, London Borough of Sutton

Thank you to all who entered 

We are extremely proud of all who entered the programme this year and have found watching them grow and develop hugely inspiring. You can watch all of the finalists personal brand video’s below including the winners.

All finalists showcased exceptional talent and dedication throughout the competition, and they should all be immensely proud of their accomplishments. The  full list of finalists can be found below:

Angela Austin, North Yorkshire Council

Timothy Chapman, North Yorkshire Council

Rebecca Coston, Brentwood Borough Council

Lucy Danes, “Victoria Children and Family Centre/Bury Council”

Chrissy Diaz, London Borough of Sutton

Jessica Dowell, Lincolnshire County Council

Luke Geary, Central Bedfordshire Council

Eloise Harriss, Oxfordshire County Council

Stacey Johnson, Lincolnshire County Council

Tracey Lacey, Lincolnshire County Council

Amanda Litherland, Wigan Council

Chloe Luckhoo, London Borough of Sutton

Emily Macdonald, Wigan Council

Lily Mercer, North Yorkshire council

Hayley Noon, Salford City Council

Ryan Pickering, City of Doncaster Council

Dylan Price, Rochdale Borough Council

Sarah Reed, Central Bedfordshire Council

Victoria Rivett, Swindon Borough Council

Francessca Robson, Northumberland County Council

Nawaal Said, “London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council”

Amina Shafiq, City of Doncaster Council,

Lucinda Smith, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dominic Stanton, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dalton Stokes, Lincolnshire County Council

Alessandro Tichauer, Salford City Council

Lauren Tovey, Swindon Borough Council

Natalie Vella, Wigan Council

Lewis Wilkinson, Northumberland County Council

Rebecca White, Sheffield City Council

Amy Wyatt, Brentwood Borough Council

Find out more about this years programme

The 2024 PPMA Apprentice of the Year event is designed for all levels of Apprenticeships to test your personal qualities in a range of development activities, whilst at the same time helping you to enhance your confidence and resilience.

We hope that participating in this development programme will encourage you to achieve more than you thought possible in your career.

The PPMA is keen to create an environment where talent can shine, and to offer opportunities for everyone to learn, grow and stretch themselves. Through your participation, your organisation is telling you that you have the potential skills and qualities to be a future leader in the Public Sector. It will be up to you to make the most of this unique experience and to cherish your networks online and offline over the coming months and years.

This event is all about identifying and showcasing the tremendous breadth and depth of emerging talent that we have in the Public Sector and is open to all apprentices from any public service area.

Given the breadth of apprenticeship levels, we have two awards – one for Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeships (Levels 2 & 3) and one for Higher/Degree Apprenticeships (levels 4 to 7).

Who can take part?

Our programme is open to all Apprentices across public service organisations, whatever your age.  We welcome people from all backgrounds and experience.  Our most recent programme was hugely over subscribed and had participants from NHS, Local Government and Central Government organisations.

.How will the competition works?

To be part of the programme please complete the application form which you can download below and send it to [email protected] by Thursday 1st February 2024. Shortlisting will then take place and successful applicants will be notified and invited to attend an assessment.

The Master Class and Assessment

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a two-day online programme which includes a master class and assessment of individual and group activities and presentations.

The first day is a master class in communication techniques and will be held on Wednesday 14th February 2024. We will provide you with additional guidance, support and coaching for the remainder of the programme.

The assessment will take place on either Monday 18th March or Wednesday 20th March 2024 (we run the assessment day twice to accommodate numbers). We will then select the finalists who will be invited to present to the Judging Panel on 3rd April 2024.


Winner announced

There will be a final online session when the overall winners for both awards will be announced.

Wednesday 3rd April 2024

The winners will be invited and celebrated at the PPMA Annual Conference at our annual charity dinner and awards evening on Thursday 25th April at Hilton Metropole Birmingham.


Important dates

14th February -Day One Master class online.  All successful applicants will be sent instructions about joining the online sessions.

18th/ 20th March – Day Two Assessment on either Monday or Wednesday 18th / 20th March online. Finalists selected.

3rd April – Final Finalists meet with the Judging Panel online.  Winners announced.

25th April evening  The winners of both awards will be celebrated at the PPMA Annual Conference, as part of the Annual Charity Dinner and Awards event on the evening of Thursday 25th April.


.Price (+VAT)

£150 pp   member

£195 pp   non-member


This can be paid via the website by using the payment button in the top left of the page or by requesting an invoice via [email protected]





Past Programmes

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact [email protected].

Here is a fabulous taster from our previous Apprentice of the Year Programme winners and finalists

We are always extremely proud of all who enter our development programmes and have find watching them grow and develop hugely inspiring. You can watch all of the finalists from 2023 personal brand video’s below including the winners, Jessica Tordeur, Basildon Borough Council for Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeships (Levels 2 & 3) and Angela Jones, Salford City Council for Higher/Degree Apprenticeships (levels 4 to 7).

2022 WINNER Hannah Newby- Hertfordshire County Council

Watch Hannah’s Personal Brand video:

Joint runners up – Teri McDonald, Somerset County Council and Meadow Papamichael, Islington Council

You can watch all of our finalists personal brand videos below: 

What previous applicants of the programme say…

‘This has been a life changing experience and will stay with me forever!’

‘It’s great to see the wide range of talent and how much people have improved  over the programme’

The Confidence I have developed and gained, will only serve to drive me on in my career’

‘Thank you so much for a fantastic and inspiring few days’