Graduation ceremonies celebrate apprentice achievement

Higher and advanced apprentices will have now their achievements recognised in university-style graduation ceremonies that are being rolled out across England.

£400,000 of Government funding has been awarded to the graduation ceremonies project, which is managed by the Association of Colleges and Association of Employment and Learning Providers, through the Skills Funding Agency. Apprenticeship providers bid for grants, with successful applicants selected for the longevity and future potential of their projects, including efforts to engage employers who had not employed an apprentice in the past.

In addition to the first round of successful bidders, the remaining funding has now been allocated to a further 19 Apprenticeship providers, enabling them to introduce awards and graduation ceremonies for apprentices across the country.

Welcoming the move, Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Our ambition is for it to become the norm for young people to achieve their career goals by going into an Apprenticeship or to university or, in the case of some Higher Apprenticeships, doing both.”

“These graduation ceremonies will recognise and reward the success of our apprentices and by doing so, will raise the profile and quality of Apprenticeships,” he added. “Apprenticeships are thriving in England, and it’s not hard to see why. They offer ambitious young people and adults unrivalled career prospects and give businesses an exceptional route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce.