Friends, family and employers are invited to pull up a chair and watch 125 apprentices who will graduate on Friday 2 October 2020 at noon in an exclusive online, live-streamed ceremony. 

Following last year’s first ceremony which saw apprentices, employers and supporters gather in Rochester Cathedral, Kent, the organising team have adapted a face-to-face ceremony to an online event. 

Apprentices will be personally congratulated by keynote speakers Minister for Apprenticeships and Gillian Keegan MP and entrepreneur Anthony Impey MBE. 

Paul Winter, Chair of Wire Belt Company Ltd and part of the project team says, “These apprentices have continued their work and study through a very challenging time. It is right that their efforts are recognised, so I for one will be watching and congratulating them from my home office.”

Nicola Everett kmfm newsreader and this year’s event host says, “This virtual ceremony means that friends, family, employers, training providers – anyone with access to the internet can join in, celebrate and support the Apprenticeship Class of 2020. It is ray of positive light in this stormy year.”

Deborah Turner, FSB Kent Area Leader says, “FSB is a proud sponsor of this digital ceremony. Small businesses from all sectors benefit from hiring an apprentice – improving skills and increasing overall productivity within their firm. With the global pandemic affecting young people’s career options like never before, apprenticeships offer a positive solution for both a business owner and a young person. Each apprentice and employer is getting well-deserved recognition through this innovative ceremony and we wish them all the best for the future.”

The ceremony will take place via a bespoke platform usually reserved for university graduates, designed and built by Graduation Attire. Despite it being an online event, apprentices can order souvenirs including a personal certificate, apprenticeship badge and celebratory brochure which includes the apprentice’s individual name, employer and training provider. 

Financial sponsors and supporters behind the event include the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Kent County Council, Kent Association of Training Providers, Medway Council, Careers and Education Company, Wirebelt Ltd, Leigh Academies Trust and Kent Further Education. 

Watch the ceremony

Watch the link to the livestreamed ceremony via https://kandm-apprentice.graduations.live

Find out more about the event at kandmappgrad.org . You can also follow the hashtag #KandMAppGrad and the Twitter account @KandMAppGrad.