Liverpool set for UK’s biggest apprenticeship graduation

A thousand Merseyside apprentices are set to graduate at Liverpool Cathedral this year at the UK’s biggest ever graduation for apprentices.

The Apprenticeship Graduation (Liverpool City Region), taking place on 29 April 2014, aims to give apprentices from the six Merseyside boroughs the same recognition that university students receive on the completion of a degree.

Whilst graduations are common place up and down the country for university students, the Apprenticeship Graduation event is unique in being the first for apprentices in the North West region.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet Member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills says:

“The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub is very proud to announce the launch of the region’s first ever apprenticeships graduation event. The achievements of thousands of committed young people from the Merseyside area, who have successfully completed a higher level apprenticeship over the last year, will be celebrated.”

The graduation, which is open to all 2012/2013 qualified level 3 and 4 NVQ apprentices, will be held over two separate sessions to allow as many apprentices as possible to be recognised for their achievements.

The afternoon ceremony will take place at 2:30pm and the evening ceremony at 6:30pm.

Katie Ryder, a qualified business administration apprentice who works for Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation, says:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with GMLPF. It was great to learn skills on the job whilst also attending TPM (Training Plus Merseyside) for my qualification.

“I think the Apprenticeship Graduation is a great idea and I can’t wait to attend the ceremony!”

The 3,000 potential apprentice graduates will be sent a letter, in which it will explain how they can register for a ticket.

Tickets for the event are free and apprentices can bring a maximum of two guests.

Liverpool Waterfront