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Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral

29 October 2014

The success of hundreds of Gloucestershire apprentices will be celebrated at a graduation ceremony on Friday 20 March 2015 at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral. 

The graduation ceremony, the first of its kind in the county, is the result of Gloucestershire successfully securing funding from the Skills Funding Agency to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievement of the county’s Advanced and Higher Apprentices. The celebration is one of 19 events taking place across the UK.   

Building on the 100in100 campaign, the ceremony will be organised through a partnership of representatives from Clarkson Evans, GFirst, Gloucestershire College, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd, Gloucestershire Media, Prospect Training Services, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, the SW Apprenticeship Company (SWAC) and the National Apprenticeship Service. 

Matthew Burgess, Principal and CEO at Gloucestershire College, the coordinating partner, said: “We have long celebrated the success of higher education students in a similar way, and I’m proud to see this now extend to apprentices. 

“Apprenticeships are hugely valuable in ensuring employers secure the skilled workforce they need for success, and importantly to apprentices themselves, who learn while they earn and are given the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the experience for future success. In my experience, apprentices are hardworking and ambitious with much to offer, and the graduation ceremony will help to highlight how undertaking an apprenticeship can lead to a successful future.” 

Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and guest of honour at the event, said: “I am delighted to be involved with the Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, which is an opportunity to celebrate and reward the success of apprentices from all businesses, and to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships to a new audience. I look forward to meeting with apprentices and their families on the day, and celebrating their success.”

David Owen, CEO at GFirst, said: “This is the first Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony in Gloucestershire and I am delighted that the partnership has been able to access funding to recognise the hard work of the county’s apprentices. Apprenticeships are extremely important in delivering the skills employers need and also give the individual the chance to earn while they learn.  I would encourage all employers who have yet to take on an apprentice to do so, and young people to consider apprenticeships as a route to their chosen career. I look forward to the event.”

All Advanced and Higher Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship between Thursday 1 August 2013 and Tuesday 30 September 2014 are eligible to attend. Please contact Sandy Brind, Project Manager, ( or 01452 563231) to register your interest. 

The graduation ceremonies project is being rolled out nationally following two pilot ceremonies and four trailblazers over the last two years. Some £400,000 of government funding has been awarded to the project in total.

The graduation ceremony grants have been managed by the Association of Colleges and Association of Employment and Learning Providers, through the Skills Funding Agency. Grant amounts account for around 60% of total event costs, with the remainder made up of sponsorship and local area funding.

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