The first-ever Kent & Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, celebrating Apprentice achievements took place on the 4th October 2019 at Rochester Cathedral. With over 100 Apprentices and 500+ guests and a significant number of VIPs all coming together to celebrate.

The event was hosted by a group of Kent and Medway Partners: 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. With KM Media Group being the Media Partners and we were delighted to also be one of the sponsors for the event! (Click here to find out more.)

How did the event go?

The day was a great success; from the Apprentices arriving and getting help ‘gowning up’ to the last moment of throwing their Mortars in the air to celebrate their achievements! Paul Andrews CEO of Jobs in Kent and Nicola Everett of KMFM were the hosts of the ceremony and throughout there were great speakers and speeches around the graduates getting there certificates which really honed in on how Apprenticeships benefit both Apprentices and employers from David Ward of Ward Security’s great speech on reinforcing the importance of investing in training of staff and the significance that Apprentices have made to his business to hearing from Ward Security’s completed Apprentice Panashe on his Apprenticeship experience and how it has benefited him.

Don and Ramsay opening speech at the IPS Engineering Awards

One of the IPS Apprentices gowning up.

We also heard from a Graduate, Tauren Corsinie, who completed a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with ZC Social Media who explained how she was put off by the idea of University after discovering the cost and how she feels her Apprenticeship was the start of her career.

Plus, keynote Speaker Kelly Tolhurst MP also said at the event, “Apprentices are the success that will help unlock Kent and Medway’s economic growth. They give all kinds of businesses a boost and they offer the Apprentice an exciting entry-way into an interesting career.”

Don and Ramsay opening speech at the IPS Engineering Awards

Apprentices collecting their certificates.


 We would like to say a big congratulations to all the Apprentices who took part on the day, especially our IPS Apprentices who graduated and received their certificates.

Congratulations to…

Business Administration Level 2
Bethany Higgins
Hannah Cheater
Isla Fox
Katie Haydon

Business Administration Level 3    
Julie Gardnerr
Sophie Coulthart

Customer Service Level 2   
Elle McKeown

Engineering Maintenance Level 3 
Cara Barnard

Management and Leadership Level 5
Lynne Gill

Rail Engineering Maintenance Diploma Level 3  
Jay Jordan
Liam Drew
Ross Howell
Sara Afu-Clackett

Employer's appreciation at the IPS Engineering Awards 2018

Some of the IPS Apprentices together at the Ceremony.

How can you get involved for 2020?

The Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony will be back for 2020!

Are you an Apprentice or have you got an Apprentice employed with you who will complete their qualification between 1st September 2019 – 31st August 2020? Would you love to celebrate your/their success? Register interest by email to


KATO will be the organisation coordinating with partners for the 2020 ceremony.


Employer's appreciation at the IPS Engineering Awards 2018

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