Kent and Medway's 1st Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2019

Tuesday 15 October, 2019
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Kent and Medway's 1st Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2019 – Rochester Cathedral.

On October 4th one of our Animal Care Assessors, Kelly Jones was invited along to the 1st Graduation Ceremony for Apprenticeships in Kent as she had two nominated learners, Richard and Marie, attending. Both Richard and Marie had completed their Level 2 Apprenticeship in Animal Care and Welfare this summer at Vets for pets in Maidstone.

This was the first event of its kind to take place and the organisers had been busy in the lead up promoting the event, gaining sponsorship and gathering momentum. Businesses, employers and learning providers, known as VIP’s for the day, were called to recognise and celebrate achievers from across the county.

Kelly wanted to attend the ceremony to support all KEITS learners and was intrigued to see if any of her other learners had been nominated and encouraged to attend. Kelly was pleasantly surprised to see another of her apprentices, Emily, had also attended the ceremony. Emily, who works at Shaggy to Chic in Ashford had recently completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dog Grooming. KEITS also had some horse care learners attend the graduation, including Leah who gained her Level 3 in Horse Care (Coashing and Riding) at Ellenwhorne Equestrian Centre. It was great to have a showcase of KEITS learners celebrating their successes.

Before the ceremony, learners were asked to register and measure for mortarboards and gowns. There was also the opportunity to have professional photos taken. VIPs were welcomed to a drinks reception in the Crpyt and friends and family gathered in the Cathedral itself. Following this, all attendees were shown to their seats and the ceremony proceeded. 

VIP’s hosting the ceremony were Paul Andrews (Former Kent Entrepreneur of the year), Nicola Everett (KMFM Radio) and David Ward (Chief Exec, Ward Securities). Business reception speakers including Kelly Tolhurst MP for Rochester and Strood & Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility congratulated the apprentices and welcomed each on stage to collect their certification.

After the formal proceedings, all learners were gathered for a group photo, and of course, the opportunity to throw their Morteboards in the air!

This was such a fantastic even for some of our learners to attend, we hope next year even more of our learners sign up to the ceremony now that the first year was such a success!

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