Virtual graduation

Training Posted 20/07/20
Apprentices and businesses urged to book as new virtual ceremony passes half way mark.

Apprentices and their bosses are being urged to reserve their place at this year’s virtual Apprenticeship Graduation ceremony, which will be live-streamed on Friday, 2nd October 2020.

Despite many firms temporarily closing during the COVID-19 lockdown, many apprentices have managed to continue their work and study thanks to the support and commitment of their employers, training providers and FE colleges. Now, the organising team behind last year’s highly regarded inaugural Kent and Medway Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, is pleased to invite nominations from those who will successfully complete their apprenticeship this year.

Last year’s event saw over 100 apprentices, plus their family and employer supporters gather in Rochester Cathedral to formally graduate in front of Kelly Tolhurst MP and Federation of Small Businesses National Chair Mike Cherry OBE. Plans were in place for a second Cathedral-based event until Covid 19 scuppered large social gatherings. Instead, the organising team are planning an online live-streamed ceremony so current apprentices will not miss out.

Mark Hill, Rule 5 Solutions, said: “We had great plans for a second cathedral-based ceremony but realised it would be impossible to meet social distancing rules. We’re therefore delighted to be able to continue with an exciting new virtual format, which will let many apprentices celebrate their hard work, whilst still gaining recognition from their peers. Friends, family and employers will be able to join in too. Crucially, the virtual event will ensure apprenticeships are promoted to employers at a challenging time for many businesses as the economy recovers.”

Rebekah Shaxted, Kent Association of Training Providers, said: “Apprentices don’t have a traditional send-off as University graduates do. In this new online ceremony, we’ll be able to congratulate all the apprentices from different sectors, training providers and businesses across Kent.”

Graduation Attire have been commissioned to bring the idea to fruition. Martin Lewis, Graduation Attire’s Managing Director said: “We are excited to collaborate with the Kent and Medway Apprenticeships team. The Graduations.Live platform will create a shared experience as graduates mark this milestone in their development through digital tools such as our GradClip and ClassPhoto.”

The team is aiming for over 100 apprentices to take part. The event is completely free of charge to participants thanks to generous sponsorship received. So far, more than 50 reservations have been made via the website https://kandmappgrad.org.

Who can be nominated?

Any apprentice who has completed their qualification, at any level or discipline, between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 and is either Kent and Medway-based or has a Kent and Medway based provider can be nominated. Applicants can be nominated by their employer, apprenticeship provider or can self-nominate. Applications will be verified and places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To nominate a graduate, visit kandmappgrad.org/become-a-graduate

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