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Apprentices invited to mark their success at second graduation ceremony

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To mark National Apprenticeship Week, a group of partners is pleased to announce the date for the second Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation ceremony. 

The event on Friday 2 October 2020 will formally celebrate apprentices’ success in a free, gowned ceremony at Rochester Cathedral. Minister for Small Businesses and MP for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst, is confirmed as guest speaker.

Deborah Turner, FSB Kent and Medway Area Leader, says “Following last year’s wonderful occasion that saw 101 apprentices graduate in front of hundreds of supporters, we are delighted to be able to invite more apprentices to celebrate their success this year. Apprentices can be such a positive addition to a business. This special event will highlight the fact that learning on the job is a fantastic way to build a successful career in a thriving company.”

Each apprentice will be able to invite their employer and family to share their special occasion. The afternoon will include a full graduation ceremony including graduate gowning and photography, and a VIP reception for businesses in the cathedral crypt.

Who can be nominated?

Any apprentice who has successfully completed their qualification at any level or discipline between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 and is Kent or Medway-based or has a Kent or Medway-based provider can be nominated. Applicants can be nominated by their employer, apprenticeship provider or can nominate themselves. Applications will be verified and places are available on a first come, first served basis. When nominations are made it is essential that all parties involved - apprentice, employer and provider - are informed.

Local and national support

The first graduation ceremony was made possible thanks to the support and financial contribution of many local and national firms. Local companies Chapel Down; Domeg; Lee Construction; The Pawle Group; Volker Highways; Ward Security and Wirebelt threw their support behind the event. 

Education providers, local authorities, training companies and the charity sector were also key supporters. These were the Education and Skills Funding Agency; Careers and Enterprise Company, Clarion Futures; FSB, IPS International, Kent Association of Training Organisations; Kent Further Education; Leigh Academies Trust; Medway Council, NCFE and The Education People.

The organising group are now keen to hear from more firms who may wish to show to their support of apprentices through sponsoring the next event. Please contact info@KATO_training.com for more information. 

To reserve a place for an apprentice, email Alison.parmar@fsb.org.uk. Full booking will be available from May 2020.