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Apprentices to be recognised at 2018 graduation ceremony

Over 120 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to celebrate the completion of their training at a special Graduation Ceremony.

Now in its fourth year, the ceremony allows apprentices to graduate and puts apprenticeships on an equal footing with a university route to success.  The event will give people the chance to celebrate with their family and friends, as well as their training provider and employer.

Apprentices are being urged to register ahead of National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates the benefits of apprenticeships and starts on Monday 5 March. The graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday 18th July at the County Showground in Stafford and People can register at www.graduationceremony.co.uk.

Philip White, Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Once again we are pleased to be supporting this event to celebrate the enormous success and achievements of all our apprentices.

“We have a fast growing economy in Staffordshire with a lot of highly skilled jobs available so there are great opportunities for people with the right training. It is good news that so many people of all ages have taken up the challenge and can feel the career and earning advantages an apprenticeship opens up.  This graduation ceremony is a great way for our apprentices to mark the completion of their training and to bring together learners from all around the county to share their success with their friends and family.”

David Frost CBE, Chairman of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Enterprise Partnership, which is backing the event, commented:

“Encouraging local people to develop their skills to the full and creating more and better jobs are both key to ensuring that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has a thriving future as a great place to live, work and invest.

“Apprenticeships play a vital role in bringing growth and prosperity to our region, and are giving many of our businesses the ability to grow their own talented and skilled workforce. Our graduation ceremony is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of local apprentices and helps to raise the profile of apprenticeships as stepping stones to great careers.”

Apprenticeships play a vital role in growing Staffordshire’s economy and last year over 9,000 people started an apprenticeship, which is doubled that of five years ago.  Despite the increase, more apprenticeship opportunities are needed to meet the demand from young people who are keen to work and learn and take the first step to a good career. More higher level apprenticeships are especially needed to meet demand for progression opportunities.

People can also find out more about the graduation ceremony on Facebook or Twitter @stokestaffsgrad.