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Brighton celebrates its Graduate Apprentices at the Amex Stadium

The American Express Community Stadium, the home of Brighton and Hove football club, was the prestigious venue for the 2019 Graduation Ceremony for the City’s Apprentices. Now in its second year, FSB joined the occasion by sponsoring a business reception for employers and partner organisations.

Sussex Area Leader, Jim Cunliffe was the keynote business speaker, whose company Face Media Group also sponsored the event. Leading the business reception, Jim introduced Elizabeth Flegg from West Sussex County Council, who champions the Apprentice Ambassador Network across the South East.

“Growing apprentices has been great for my business,” said Jim Cunliffe, “and I want to spread the word to employers to join in, grow apprentices and blaze a trail for business.”


The evening event was co-ordinated by Brighton and Hove Council and compered by local personality and radio presenter, Guy Lloyd. Around 50 apprentices received Certificates from the City’s Mayor, Councillor Dee Simson, in a diverse range of skills including business administration, food production, health and social care, vehicle maintenance, digital marketing and town planning. Wavves, an alternative Pop band from Brighton, provided the entertainment, the quartet all studying at BIMM Brighton (British and Irish Modern Music Institute).

“Tonight’s event has been a great success,” said Jim Cunliffe, “Celebrating the achievements of apprentices in this way is so important to give their qualification equal status to those who take a University path into the world of work.” Across the UK, FSB were busy during National Apprenticeship Week 2019, sounding out to Government, through a range of exciting events, the need to get behind apprenticeships as a purposeful route into training and work for many people.

Clive Soper, South East Regional Policy Chairman, who also attended the Graduation event said, “Apprenticeships are the ideal training model for smaller businesses to grow a pipeline of talent to keep their business profitable. Apprenticeships are fit for purpose for the 21st century, providing flexibility for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances to train, work and forge a successful future.”

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