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Class of 2019: West Sussex apprentices celebrate their success

FSB joined over 60 apprentices to celebrate their qualification at a glittering ceremony in Crawley. The Hawth Theatre provided the perfect venue for West Sussex’s finest graduands to take to the stage to receive their certificates. The Awards were presented by West Sussex County Council Director of Education and Skills, Terry Wagstaff.


FSB put on a pre-ceremony business reception attended by apprentice employers, supportive businesses and training providers. Jim Cunliffe FSB’s Sussex Area Leader addressed both the reception and the main event, providing an inspirational presentation on the benefits of apprenticeships to business (pictured).

Jim Cunliffe said “My firm (Face Media Group) employs apprentices and this is something I am very committed to. It is important we recruit, train and employ people, especially young people, using apprenticeships. This ensures a pipeline of talent to our smaller, local businesses and supports our economy. Today’s event brilliantly raises awareness of what can be achieved through an apprenticeship. I wish every one of the Apprentice Graduands success in their chosen career.”    

Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester and a Parliamentary Apprentice Ambassador, provided an introductory video where she outlined her own apprenticeship journey from a car factory in Liverpool to an international business career and eventually the House of Commons. Holly-Jade Ryder, who runs the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network also delivered a heartfelt speech to encourage the apprentices to ‘be anything you want to be’ and to ‘aim to change perceptions of education and make an impact on shaping the workforce of today’. Holly is forging her successful career currently, as Business Development Officer with Mid-Sussex District Council.

To the tune of “Simply the Best” the ‘Class of 2019’ proudly stepped forward to receive congratulations for their achievements across a diverse range of subjects in Business Administration, Construction, IT and Web Design, Childcare, Engineering, Health and Social Care and Hospitality Management. Well done one and all and thank you to West Sussex County Council for partnering with FSB to deliver such an important event in the business calendar.