PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2018

PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2018 2018-02-13T17:57:27+00:00

The PPMA Apprentice of the Year competition is all about showcasing emerging talent and their innovative ideas for the future of public services. It will present real life challenges that inform, test and stretch you to refine your skills and abilities and realise your potential as a future leader.

This competition is run in partnership between ManpowerGroup and the PPMA. It is a great opportunity for you to be recognised on an industry wide stage and many past winners have quickly progressed in their careers after taking part.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to the University of Leeds for two days of coaching and competition on 27 and 28 March 2018.

Who can enter?

You don’t need to work in Local Government to enter, nor do you need to be a member of the PPMA. The applicant must be an apprentice in any public service organisation or in a private business that is working in partnership with the public sector in delivering a service on its behalf. If you meet these conditions and have some great ideas to share, this is your opportunity to shine.

Why enter?

The PPMA Apprentice of the Year competition is all about identifying and celebrating the tremendous breadth of emerging talent that we have in public services.

With a range of coaching and mentoring opportunities from industry leaders, you’ll have the chance to develop your presentation skills, build confidence, network with peers in other organisations and unleash your full potential. All participants have progressed quickly in their careers since taking part.

If you’ve got lots of creative ideas, now is your time to bring them to life, get involved and demonstrate your abilities.

Our past winner…

Matthew Wallis impressed us all with his plans to raise opportunities for disabled apprentices last year. Here’s how he has been getting on since:

“I have been undertaking research and building a case to determine what we can do to help bridge the apprenticeship gap for disabled people. As a result of this research, I provided the PPMA Policy Board an update. I made 4 simple, but effective, recommendations which aims to tackle the gap.

These recommendations will help PPMA and our employer organisations identify whether their apprenticeship programmes are as accessible as they could be. In the coming months, I will be working with our networks to try and make sure these recommendations become a reality.”

Matthew Wallis, PPMA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Read more from Matthew here

Please complete the online application form here by Friday 9 March 2018. This also provides further information on the process and key dates for the diary.

Good luck!

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning, you will need to provide your contact details and answer the questions below in an online application form. We advise you to give this thought, prepare and save your final answers before completing the application. Make sure you keep a personal copy of your responses before submitting.

Please be aware, you won’t be able to go back and change your answers once submitted. Any answers over 250 words will be rejected.


1. Tell us about something you’ve done in your life which has made a real difference to the better of others? (max. 250 words)

2. Why have you chosen to work in the public sector? (max. 250 words)

3. What was the last thing you learned? How has this helped you in your work? (max. 250 words)

4. What do you hope to achieve in life? What do you want your legacy to be? (max. 250 words)

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