The organising team behind the first Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation ceremony held last October have confirmed that a celebration will still take place on 2 October 2020 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 take a 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 seem 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 underway to develop an online event showing the benefits of apprenticeships. Apprentices are invited to take part on the day, be personally recognised and receive a certificate of completion. The event will include keynote speakers and wide coverage on social media, enabling firms, apprentices and supporters from across the county to take part online.

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 – apprentice, employer and provider – are informed.

Apprentices are invited to reserve a virtual place. Please email their name, apprenticeship level and company to Alison.parmar@fsb.org.uk