Graduation time for apprentices

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Apprentices are to be given their chance to put on their hat and gowns © LJMU

Apprentices are to be given their chance to put on their hat and gowns © LJMU

Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral will be the setting for the UK’s biggest ever graduation for apprentices next month.

Qualified apprentices from all six of the city’s surrounding boroughs will descend on the cathedral on 29th April as part of the Apprentice Graduation Programme which is the first for apprentices in the North West region.

The scheme aims to give qualified apprentices the same recognition that university students receive on the completion of a degree.

The graduation will be open to all 2012/13 qualified level 3 and 4 NVQ apprentices and Knowsley Council Leader Ron Round expects a lot of graduates to attend and celebrate their achievements with their friends and family.

He told JMU Journalism: “The Apprenticeship Graduation is a fantastic event supported by the City Region’s Employment and Skills Board and it’s great that we will get to properly recognise the hard work that our region’s apprentices put in to achieve their qualification.”

The graduation will consist of two sessions to facilitate the thousand qualified apprentices that will be graduating.

Sophie Hunter, a qualified business administration apprentice, who works for Knowsley-based Fieldway Supplies, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with Fieldway Supplies. It was great to learn skills on the job whilst also completing my level 2 and level 3 NVQ.

“I think the Apprenticeship Graduation is a great idea and I can’t wait to attend the ceremony.”

About William Shaw, JMU Journalism