Advanced and Higher Apprentices from Sefton attended the UK’s biggest apprentice graduation to formally recognise and celebrate their achievements.

The high-profile event at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, saw around 1,000 apprentices and their friends, family and employers attend an official graduation organised by the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub.

The ceremony recognised apprentices who achieved Advanced or Higher level apprenticeships in the period from 1 May 2014 to 1 May 2015, and included apprentices at Sefton Council.

Speakers on the day included entrepreneur and star of BBC’s The Apprentice, Neil Clough, who reached the semi-finals of the show in 2013. He said: “Apprenticeships are massively beneficial, not only to the apprentices who are learning skills and earning while they learn, but also for what they bring to the economy, by getting more people into business and helping businesses to thrive and succeed, which is why it’s so important to recognise this achievement with events like this graduation ceremony.”

The Apprenticeship graduation ceremony is part of a nationwide campaign to give apprentices the same recognition that university students receive upon the completion of a degree.

It has also helped to raise awareness of the great employment opportunities available to young people from the six Liverpool City Region boroughs (Sefton, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral) that choose the apprenticeship route.


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