Leigh Academies Trust was recognised as an inaugural sponsor of the Kent and Medway Graduation Ceremony at a launch lunch for the 2020 event this week.

Timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, the lunch was hosted at the Curious Brewery in Ashford owned by fellow inaugural sponsor, Chapel Down. 

With an opening address delivered by Deborah Turner, Area Leader of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and Cllr Richard Long, Kent Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, guests who also included potential new sponsors enjoyed a quality buffet lunch and informal networking after the presentation of certificates.

Within his presentation, Cllr Long thanked the sponsors and organising steering group (which Leigh Academies Trust are also part of) for their contribution to bringing the 2019 event, where just over 100 apprentices graduated in front of their families and friends, to fruition. He stressed the importance of apprenticeships in raising the status of essential “work ready” skills and stated that 2018 saw the first rise in apprenticeship starts in the area to 9450. He talked about the changes in the apprenticeship levy and an important change for small and medium sized enterprises- the levy transfer.


The sponsors recognised were:

Chapel Down


The Federation of Small Businesses

IPS International




Medway Council

Lee Construction

The Education People




The Education People


Clarion Housing


The Pawle Group

Volker Highways

Ward Security


Leigh Academies Trust

The date for the next Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony is set for Friday 2nd October 2020 and will, again, be hosted at the iconic Rochester Cathedral.

Registration for graduating apprentices can be made to  info@kato-training.com