Nominations Now Open for Stars of the Future 2023

CPA Stars of the Future is an awards scheme for apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector, set up by the CPA over 10 years ago. The awards are intended to recognise and reward outstanding apprentices and trainees who not only bring ability and commitment to their learning and their work, but also possess those extra capabilities and attitudes which mark them out as being not only the foundations of the future of the industry, but also potentially its future leaders - the Stars of the Future.

The awards programme runs each year and through sponsorship, CPA awards prizes to apprentices and trainees for each category who are judged as Stars of the Future. Apprentices and trainees will be judged on their academic work through their college or training provider, and in their work environment through their employer. Stars of the Future is open to those on an apprenticeship or formal training programme and either the employer or training provider is able nominate an apprentice or trainee.

There are six categories, each with their own distinctive award:

  • Plant Mechanic (Level 2)
  • Plant Technician (Level 3)
  • Lifting Technician
  • Plant Operative
  • Hire Controller
  • Plant Installer

For 2023, we are introducing a new award for Apprentice Mentors.

All apprentices and those on formal training programmes for each category are eligible. Employers and training providers need to complete a nomination form which seeks information about the skills, achievements and attributes of the apprentice or trainee. The nomination form further provides a section for each apprentice or trainee to give an account of themselves and the good work they have undertaken both in the workplace and at the training centre.

The nomination forms for all categories for Stars of the Future 2023 can be downloaded here

New for 2023 – Apprentice Mentor Supplementary Award

Although Stars is intended to recognise and reward outstanding apprentices and trainees who are recognised as the foundation for the future of the industry and potentially its future leaders, the successful learning journey of any apprentice or trainee is only possible through the guidance, help and support provided by co-workers and/or other employees of the organisation. In many cases, the apprentice/trainee is assigned to a single or small group of co-workers who act in a mentoring role in supporting and guiding the apprentice/trainee, not just on technical and work processes but also at a pastoral-role level for relationships, welfare and behavioural support during their learning journey.

To recognise individuals who’ve willingly undertaken this important function, a new Stars award is being provided in 2023 for the role of Apprentice Mentor. Employers are invited to nominate a co-worker who has been designated to directly assisting the apprentice /trainee during their learning journey and who should be recognised as a role model for others to seek future roles as a mentor.

Awards Ceremony

The Stars of the Future 2023 awards ceremony will take place at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley near Coventry on 6th July 2023 and all nominees and their employees are invited to attend the event.