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West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony 2017

The second West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony took place at Chichester Cathedral on Tuesday 7 March 2017, during National Apprenticeship Week.

Around 65 graduates gathered at Chichester Cathedral in their gowns and mortarboards. They were awarded a ceremonial pin and certificate, having completed training that took between 12 months and four years.

The ceremony took place during the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week and as well as recognising achievements, it raised the profile of apprenticeships and their contribution to both individuals and employers. A photo album of the evening can be viewed here and a blog post from Katherine Broadhurst, Chair of the West Sussex Youth cabinet can be read here on Your Space.

The graduation event was organised by West Sussex County Council and the Federation of Small Businesses, with support from district and borough councils and apprenticeship training providers.

Shortly before the ceremony, a new animation film which promotes apprenticeships to employers was launched at a business reception at the Novium Museum. You can find out more about the film, and the Employer Ambassador network here on their Facebook page.

The reception was a good opportunity to meet and discuss the benefits of apprentices, and employers were asked to pledge to recruit more apprentices in the future.


Clare Tivey took her management apprenticeship when she was personal assistant to the chief fire officer and, just one year after she completed her qualification, she was promoted to personal assistant to the county council leader.

A mother-of-two, Clare completed a level three in management at Chichester College.She said: “At the time, I was 31 and had a three-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl. I was lucky enough to be put forward for suggested career development and I embraced it fully.

“I had excellent support from the council and the college. It gave me a lot more confidence and I was able to apply those skills when I was applying for promotion.

“I would encourage any working mum out there – don’t put things like this off, really go for. It is hard work but you definitely get out what you put in. I have been very, very lucky to have had the opportunity.”


During the ceremony, entertainment was provided by Worthing College music ensemble and singers.

Apprentice providers represented at the ceremony included Babcock, Campus Training, Central Sussex College in Crawley, Chichester College, Hawk Training, Hit Training, L’Oreal/First4Skills, New Horizons Highbury College, Northbrook College, Rewards Training, Sigta, South Downs College, Westminster Kingsway College and Worthing College.



Last year the Coast to Capital region, which West Sussex is part of, saw one of the biggest increases in people taking up apprentices in the whole country.

From April, the county council will be increasing the amount of apprenticeships across its organisation as a result of the government changes, which provide positive opportunities to develop the skills of the county’s workforce.


If you have any questions please get in touch: Apprentice.Network@westsussex.gov.uk

Sponsors included: West Sussex County Council, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), District and Borough Councils, Central Sussex College, Chichester College, Northbrook College, Rewards Training, Worthing College and NCFE.


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