As headline sponsors, KMF were fully supportive of the prestigious Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Apprentice Graduation Ceremony held at Staffordshire County Showground on July 22, 2015.
The event, organised by Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire County Council, celebrated the success of apprentices, throughout the region at advanced or higher apprenticeship level.
As well as recognising the achievements of the individuals involved, it is hoped that events like this will help change the way apprenticeships are perceived, promoting a vocational alternative to the university route.
Skills Minister Nick Boles commented, "These graduation ceremonies will recognise and reward the success of our apprentices and by doing so, will raise the profile and quality of apprenticeships."
On the day, KMF were proud to see nine of their apprentices graduate. Jenny Conlon, KMF Training Centre Manager commented: "It has been a fabulous day and the KMF apprentices all looked very smart in their gowns. It has been great for them all to share this commemorative experience with their family and friends."
"We do hold our own Apprentice Awards on an annual basis at Britannia Stadium, but I believe being part of today's graduation has helped reinforce the importance of their apprenticeship."
"For young people, it is no longer the decision of university or an Apprenticeship; the decision is simply which route do I take to obtain the same level of qualification. Apprenticeships may take a little longer, but these individuals are earning and learning a trade at the same time as furthering their education."
A total of 156 apprentices graduated at the event and guest speakers included Peter Latchford OBE, Rebecca Bryant Deputy Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue, John Myers Head of Employers & Delivery Services for The Skills Funding Agency and Anna Halliday Commissioner for Education and Wellbeing Staffordshire County Council.
We are already looking forward to next year.