The Kent Medway Apprenticeship Graduation is back for October 2020 but in a different way! The ceremony is now going to be ‘virtual’ in the result of the likely extension of social distancing rules.
The first celebration of Apprentices from across Kent and Medway took place successfully last October at Rochester Cathedral (Find out more here) and organisers had hoped to stage a repeat later this year and have recently confirmed this will return but in a new format.
Wire Belt Chairman and project team member Paul Winter says, “Due to COVID-19 we, like so many other people, have had to look at future plans and events. Last year we were lucky enough to congratulate 100 Apprentices in Rochester Cathedral together with their employers, friends and family but this no longer seems viable. We are determined to continue to show our support of Apprenticeships so we are pleased to say we will adapt and hold a virtual celebration on Friday 2 October.”
Plans are now under way to develop this online event with keynote speakers included, celebrating the benefits of Apprenticeships which will personally recognise Apprentices who will be invited to take part on the day and receive a certificate.
Who can be nominated?
Any Apprentice who has successfully completed their qualification at any level or discipline between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 and is Kent or Medway-based or has a Kent or Medway-based provider can be nominated.
Applicants can be nominated by their employer, apprenticeship provider or can nominate themselves. Applications will be verified. When nominations are made it is essential that all parties involved which includes the Apprentice, their Employer and Apprenticeship Provider are informed.
Apprentices are invited to reserve a virtual place. Email;
– Your name
– Your Apprenticeship level
– Your Employer Name
The event is organised and funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, The Education People, The Education and Skills Funding Agency, Federation of Small Businesses, Kent Association of Training Organisations, Kent County Council, Kent Further Education, Leigh Academies Trust, Medway Council, CXK and Wire Belt.
More information will be available in the run up to the event so please keep checking our website and the KATO website for updates.
What better way to celebrate this than to show you “digitally” the 2019 success.