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A day of celebration for Surrey


The achievements of 120 higher and advanced apprentices were celebrated at our annual event in the iconic Guildford Cathedral. 

Now in it’s fifth year more than 600 employers, families and local council officials including all of the Mayors and Consorts from across the County attended to celebrate with our apprentices.

Anne Milton MP, our guest of honour said “It was a great honour to be asked to speak at the graduation ceremony. Skills and apprenticeships are very near and dear to me. 

“The young men and women were rightly proud of their achievements and it was wonderful to see the warm support they received from their families.

“I’m equally pleased to see so many local colleges and employers getting involved. I wish these apprentices every success in their future careers. I feel sure that they will do very well”. 

Colin Kemp, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council said “We hope that our Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony will help raise the profile of apprenticeships paving the way for a future successful career.

“Our ambition is for an apprenticeship graduation to become the norm for young people to achieve their career goals by going into an apprenticeship or to university or, in some cases, both”

This year we were joined by FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry OBE who earlier in the day met with 9 grassroots members for a Roundtable Discussion where they spoke on FSB issues and protocol. Following the Graduation Ceremony Mike said “Apprentices bring considerable value to employer, organisations, individuals and the economy.

“Businesses across the Country are increasingly realising the enormous benefits that apprenticeships create, not only in developing a highly-skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention”.

Brian Woods, FSB Regional Chair who has attended all of the Graduation Ceremonies said “This year’s celebration was the best so far. An amazing atmosphere and so important is this event in the County programme that this year BBC Radio Surrey joined us for interviews. I am a very happy person!”