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Apprentice graduation event

Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HUNDREDS of apprentices from across the city are being invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at De Montfort Hall.

The event, on 16 June, will be a celebration of the achievements of apprentices in a wide variety of local businesses and industries.

It will be hosted by Leicester City Council’s Apprenticeship Hub.

Each apprentice will be personally called up onto De Montfort Hall’s stage to be congratulated by assistant city mayor for jobs and skills Sue Waddington and The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton.

There will also be awards for Advanced Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by South Leicestershire College/North Warwickshire & Hinckley College), Higher Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Leicester College), Small Employer of the Year (sponsored by In Training), and Large Employer of the year (sponsored by LLEP).

Guest speakers will include Andrea Gray, operations director for Hastings Direct, and Shaun Meekins, head of operations, Barclay’s Apprenticeship programmes.

More than 200 businesses which support apprentices will also be invited to attend, along with family and friends of the graduates

In addition, students from Gateway Sixth Form College, Leicester College and Loughborough College will be supporting the event through music, 3D design, textiles design and film-making. 

Assistant city mayor Sue Waddington said: “The future economic prosperity of the city depends upon us having a skilled workforce, and new, quality apprenticeships are making a real contribution to upskilling Leicester's labour force.

Tracey Waterfield, Apprentice Hub Manager added: “This is our second graduation. The first year was very well received, with feedback being overwhelmingly positive.

"The event really enables us to demonstrate to employers the value of skills delivered through employing apprentices."

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship.

Some of the country’s top employers are offering work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships to help give young people the best start in their career, in Leicester that includes the NHS, IBM, Dunelm, Leicester City Council and hundreds of local SMEs.

Clare Bonson, head of employer and delivery services for the National Apprenticeship Service said: “Apprentice graduation ceremonies enable talented apprentices and committed employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. They not only help celebrate the achievements of apprentices and businesses, allowing them to gain the credit for investing in their own futures, but they drive up quality and encourage others to get involved.”

Any eligible apprentices who have been sent an invitation to the graduation ceremony should make sure that they confirm their attendance by Friday 10 June at the latest.

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