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Graduation ceremony for apprentices

Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A GRADUATION ceremony for apprentices who have trained or worked in the city and county is taking place in Leicester later this week.

The event will see the achievements of around 140 apprentices celebrated, and will be held at Athena, in Leicester’s cultural quarter, on Friday (23 June).

It’s the third annual graduation ceremony for apprentices, and will recognise the achievements of workers from a wide range of businesses and industries. It will be hosted by Leicester City Council’s Apprenticeship Hub.

The ceremony will see each apprentice personally called up onto Athena’s stage to be congratulated by assistant city mayor Cllr Sue Waddington. It will be hosted by Geeta Pendse, from BBC East Midlands Today, with speakers including Professor Dana Brown, principal of Leicester Castle Business School, and Tyler Bernardini, captain of Leicester Riders BBL basketball team.

Assistant city mayor Cllr Sue Waddington, who leads on jobs and skills, said: “Leicester is a tremendously diverse city with a growing population of young people and adults who can really benefit from apprenticeships. This event will showcase the progression that can be achieved by people of any age, taking apprenticeships at levels equivalent to a higher education certificate, diploma, foundation degree or bachelor degree.”

More than 100 business leaders and educators who support apprentices have been invited to attend, along with family and friends of the graduates. 

There will also be awards including Apprentice of the Year, Employer of the Year, and Apprenticeship Champion, sponsored by De Montfort University’s Leicester Castle Business School, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, emh group, Leicester College, Intraining, Rathbone Training, and Leicester Riders.

Entertainment will be provided by students from Leicester College and Robert Smythe Academy. Before the ceremony, guests will be treated to gelato from local company Gelato Village, and there will be an after-party for graduates and their guests at the Exchange bar.

Verity Hancock, principal of Leicester College, said: “These young people and adults have demonstrated a breadth of knowledge, a depth of practical skill and a commitment both to their studies and to their employer. This should be publicly celebrated with as much fanfare as possible, as apprenticeships continue to grow in significance and credibility as a route to success. Their importance to our local and regional economy cannot be overestimated.”

Tracey Waterfield, manager of Leicester Apprenticeship Hub, added: “This is also a celebration for the Apprenticeship Hub which has a reputation for delivering quality services, both for employers and young people. The council made a commitment in 2015 to create 1,000 more apprenticeship places across the city over four years, and by working with local businesses, schools and training providers the hub has already helped around 750 people to start apprenticeships.”

The graduation ceremony can be followed on social media at @leicester_hub on Twitter.

For more details about the Apprenticeship Hub, visit