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Graduates at the Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony in 2015.

County’s apprentices to be recognised at graduation ceremony

With less than a month to go to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, apprentices and employers are being urged to book their place.

The event is on Wednesday 13 July at the County Showground in Stafford and Apprentices completing their training will have the chance to celebrate with their employers, training providers, family and friends.

Now in its second year, the graduation ceremony celebrates the achievement of higher and advanced apprentices putting apprenticeships on an equal footing with a university route to success.

Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said:

We are very pleased once again to be supporting this event, which will celebrate the enormous success and achievement of Higher and Advanced apprentices across Staffordshire.

Every single person who has completed an Apprenticeship can be proud of what they have achieved and, like university graduates, it’s right they get their day on the stage too.

Addressing skills shortages and providing young people with the right training to get quality jobs remains key to growing our economy. We also want our local employers to recognise the fantastic contributions that apprenticeships are bringing to their companies.

David Frost, Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership who are backing the event added:

Apprenticeships are a key focus of our work to bring growth and prosperity to Staffordshire, and are giving many of our businesses the opportunity to grow their own talented and skilled workforce. Initiatives such as these graduation ceremonies that help to raise the profile of apprenticeships are very welcome.

Apprenticeships play a vital role in growing Staffordshire’s economy and last year over 8,000 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.

Apprentices can register by visiting www.graduationceremony.co.uk and selecting Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation.  Further details are also available on the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Graduation Ceremony Facebook page or by emailing apprenticeship.graduation@staffordshire.gov.uk .

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Photo caption: Apprentices from Staffordshire Engineering company KMF at last year’s ceremony.