10 March 2016

The apprenticeship class of 2016 from across Nottinghamshire celebrated with family, friends and local businesses at the Albert Hall in Nottingham today.

More than 130 apprentices from a wide range of local colleges and training providers took part in the graduation ceremony which was hosted by NTN and supported by emfec.

The graduation acknowledged the fantastic accomplishments of Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprentices from a wider range of local employers, including local county and district councils, NHS trusts and well-known local companies Boots, Wilko and Games Workshop.

Guest speakers at this year’s ceremony included Clare Bonson, Head of Employer and Delivery Services at the National Apprenticeship Service, emfec Chief Executive Paul Eeles, and Simeon Powell, Young Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service and an apprentice at Motorpoint Derby.

At emfec, we were delighted to see IT apprentice Ben Saxton graduate, after the successful completion of his Level 4 Microsoft – IT Systems and Networking Higher Apprenticeship, which he completed in just two years while working at emfec and attending college on day release.

While many further education colleges in the area hold their own ceremonies, the Nottinghamshire Graduation Ceremony provides the opportunity for smaller training providers and businesses in the region to celebrate the successes of their apprentices with a formal graduation ceremony.

This is the second year the Nottinghamshire Graduation Ceremony has taken place, and with generous support from local sponsors has remained free for eligible apprentices who also receive a gown, mortarboard and certificate of achievement to complete the full graduation experience.

Karen Hodgson, Chief Executive at NTN said:

“We really want today to be a celebration of the amazing work apprentices demonstrate on their journey through the apprentice programme.

“We recognise that apprenticeships require tenacity and dedication over a period of time and the amazing successes today represent the culmination of all this hard work.”

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive at emfec added:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Nottinghamshire Apprenticeship Graduation again this year. This region benefits greatly from the contribution made by our apprentices and we should be very proud of every individual who is working towards or who has completed an apprenticeship.

“I hope their success will inspire many others to consider starting an apprenticeship in one of the many rewarding career paths available both locally and nationally.”

The ceremony comes the week before National Apprenticeship Week, a national campaign to raise awareness of apprenticeships and to encourage more young people to consider them as an alternative career progression route.