We have just finished National Apprenticeship Week 2020, 3rd-9th February and IPS have been celebrating in a number of ways!

The theme for the 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week is ‘look beyond’ focusing on the diversity within Apprenticeships (find out more on this here: https://www.ips-apprenticeships.co.uk/national-apprenticeship-week-2020-theme-reveal/ ) and we have celebrated this year by getting involved in networking, social media conversations, guidance and support sessions plus manning a stand at our local Apprenticeship Fair to celebrate Apprenticeships  and to raise awareness of the benefits as a career option.

Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation 2020

We started the week off with attending the FSB launch and networking lunch to announce the Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation 2020 which will take place on Friday 2nd October at Rochester Cathedral with key speaker Kelly Tolhurst MP for Rochester and Strood. We also received our certificate of appreciation for being 2019 sponsors.

The event was a brilliant success last year, witnessing over 100 apprentices graduate and we look forward to celebrating Apprentice success again this year!

To see just how well last year’s event went click here: https://www.ips-apprenticeships.co.uk/kent-medway-apprentice-graduation-ceremony-2019/

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

Please contact alison.parmar@fsb.org.uk to reserve an Apprentice place.

Dan Baker Pfizer apprentice meeting Helen Grant MP

IPS Business Development Manager Sharon Sewell receiving our sponsor award at the Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony Launch Lunch.

Join the conversation – On Social Media

We also got involved in the #askanapprentice and #askanemployer discussions on social media on Wednesday and Thursday of National Apprenticeship Week. We shared some of our current and past Apprentice case studies, highlighting their experiences and case studies of Employers, so people could see first-hand the benefits of Apprenticeships from both perspectives and offering information, advice and guidance to any questions or queries we received. It was great to join in the conversation and to see so many people interested in finding out more about Apprenticeships.

IPS Information, Advice and Guidance Session and Workshop Tour

On the 6th February we invited Strood Academy back to IPS Northbank House with a new cohort of year 10 students to learn more about the different career path opportunities and how Apprenticeships can benefit to kick start a career and the students learned of the different possibilities available to them after post 16 and alternatives to going to University.

First, they had a tour of the IPS Engineering Workshop, with a demonstration on machinery to see some of the things they could be learning as a 1st year Engineering Apprentice.


Max Brookwell Southeastern Apprentice BTEC Awards

Strood Academy students attending IPS Northbank House for information, advice and guidance on Apprenticeships.

Students also got the opportunity to speak with current Apprentices first-hand and to hear about their experiences. Our experienced Business Development Team delivered an informative presentation about Apprenticeships, what Apprenticeships are available, the benefits and explained how to use the National Apprenticeship Service Website. Students were shown how the National Apprenticeship Website works, how to register, sign up and find an Apprenticeship. Towards the end of the session we held a Q&A activity where the students got to relay what they had learned, having a discussion with themselves and their teachers in which they learned that Apprenticeships are available for all ages 16+ in a huge range of sectors, even including a fest step in becoming a lawyer or doctor through Apprenticeship programmes. The students all got to take home an IPS information pack, with guidance on Apprenticeships, a guide on how to become an Apprentice, tips to become job ready, a parent’s guide to Apprenticeships, which they could discuss with their parents and contact details, so they can contact us with any questions and for advice in the future.

Louisa Felstead the Engagement Development Manager for the Leigh Academies Trust said; “Many thanks to IPS International for helping to inform students on possible career pathways.”

IPS would like to thank Strood Academy for bringing students along to find out more about their career opportunities.


Alix Taylor Completed recruitment apprentice, Helen Grant MP and IPS Director Don

Strood Academy student watching an Engineering demonstration in The IPS Engineering Workshop at Northbank House, Rochester Kent. 

The MP Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair

IPS finished National Apprenticeship Week off with attending the MP Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair at the Maidstone Leisure Centre on Friday 7th February. This event was hosted by MP’s: Tracy Crouch MP for Chatham & Aylesford, Helen Grant MP for Maidstone and The Weald, Helen Whately MP for Faversham and Mid Kent and Tom Tugendhat MP for Kent, Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling. With over 700 Sixth Form students representing schools across Kent were invited, it was a brilliant and busy day, showcasing our Apprenticeship opportunities, advising students and their parents of the different career path opportunities available and providing them with information, advice and guidance.


The IPS Business Development team were kept busy answering questions from Students and parents on Apprenticeships. It was great to see so many students knowing what kind of field/sector they wanted to start a career in and to see them already thinking about the future and getting prepared. Our most commonly asked questions were “how they can apply” and ”how does an Apprenticeship work”; most students were surprised and pleased to find that they would be earning and learning throughout the course of their Apprenticeship, they can start their Apprenticeship from 16+ and you can do an Apprenticeship to upskill and progress further in your career all while working in the workplace and gaining professional work experience (depending on what Apprenticeship you took).

Remember, our experienced Business Development team is always on hand to give you advice and support. Any questions please feel free to call us on 01634 298808.

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