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Rochester Cathedral to host Kent Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony on October 4

By Chris Britcher

The final remaining places for apprentices across the county for a special graduation ceremony honouring their achievements are still available.

The event, the first of its kind for Kent and Medway, takes place at Rochester Cathedral on Friday, October 4.

Up to 200 places were available for apprentices, with more than 150 already snapped up.

The event is organised by a host of partners across Kent and Medway
The event is organised by a host of partners across Kent and Medway

With guests, it is expected more than 600 will attend.

The event is being organised and funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company; The Education People; The Education and Skills Funding Agency; Federation of Small Businesses; The Leigh Academies Trust; Kent Association of Training Organisations, Kent Further Education; Kent County Council and Medway Council.

Rochester and Strood MP, and small business minister Kelly Tolhurst, is expected to appear as a keynote speaker.

Rochester Cathedral will host the ceremony in October
Rochester Cathedral will host the ceremony in October

Michael Ratcliffe, director of the Kent Association of Training Organisations, explained: "We want to celebrate the apprentices’ achievement in the same way a university graduate is celebrated."

The ceremony will celebrate 200 apprentices who have successfully completed their qualification between January 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.

Each apprentice will be able to invite their employer and family to share in the special occasion.

Kelly Tolhurst is scheduled to be the keynote speaker
Kelly Tolhurst is scheduled to be the keynote speaker

A place for an apprentices will include a complimentary ceremonial gown and mortar board. Optional graduation photos can be booked by the apprentice.

Patrick Cantellow, an apprentice in digital marketing, added: "My plan was to go to university and become a geography teacher, however, an apprenticeship in digital marketing gave me the taste for the workplace in an exciting sector. My school friends say I ‘dropped out’, but in fact, I think I took a couple of steps ahead of them, and now they're the ones playing catch up. Having an apprentice graduation ceremony is a great way to show this success.”

Apprentices must be Kent and Medway-based or had a Kent and Medway-based provider. Applications will be verified and places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Apprentices taking part will be able to enjoy the day as those finishing university do
Apprentices taking part will be able to enjoy the day as those finishing university do

To apply for a place click here.

Business owners who employ an apprentice are invited to a VIP reception prior to the graduation hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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