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West Sussex Apprentice Graduation 2018

The West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony took place at Chichester Cathedral on Tuesday 6th March 2018, during National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprentices from across the county celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.


Around 80 graduates attended the ceremony with local businesses, friends, and family members on Tuesday, during National Apprenticeship Week. This year's apprentices ranged from social care, digital marketing to engineering and technical theatre. The evening's host was TV presenter and newsreader, John Young.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for education and skills, said "I'd like to congratulate all of this year's graduates and the businesses that have supported them throughout their apprenticeships."

At the graduation ceremony, the apprentices, whose training took between 12 months and four years to complete, were awarded a cermonial pin, certificate and complimentary FSB Connect Membership from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) who co-sponser the event.

Brian Woods, FSB regional chairman, said: "A magnificent event in a truly magnificent venue which was full to the girders of well wishers including many West Sussex mayors to mention. I am proud FSB can support our future workforce."


A new South East Young Aprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) launched at the event, and you can learn more about it from the video on the right.

The graduation event was organised by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the Federation of Small Businesses with support from district and borough councils and local partnership training providers.

WSCC is increasing the amount of apprenticeships across its organisation as a result of government changes. To find out more about apprenticeships visit http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

View the event programme here

Click here to view the photo gallery and get an insight into the evening.

Get more information on apprenticeships and SMEs by clicking here.




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