Friday 21 September saw the annual Surrey Apprentices Graduation Ceremony – now in its fifth consecutive year – hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the prestigious Guildford Cathedral.
This year, 120 apprentices studying and training in a wide array of industries, celebrated their successes with their parents and employers in the company and presence of senior Government and Council officials.
The guest of honour this year was Kwasi Kwarteng MP, a favourite in Surrey, who presented all the graduates with their very well-earned certificates. The Ceremony lasted 90 minutes and included addresses from Brian Woods, FSB South East Regional Chairman, Councillor John Furey, Deputy Leader Surrey County Council, and Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Ahead of the ceremony, business owners who currently employ, did employ, manage, or are considering employing an apprentice in Surrey were invited to attend an exclusive VIP Business Reception where they enjoyed mingling with Senior Council and Government Officials over a light buffet and refreshments. FSB in Surrey hosted the event to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by business owners to upskill our workforce through apprenticeship programmes, and encourage others to do the same.
To add to an already successful and fantastic event, there was a special celebration for one of the apprentices. Tracy Carter (pictured with Kwasi Kwarteng MP), an employee and apprentice at Spelthorne Borough Council graduated with a higher apprenticeship certificate; not only that, but Tracey also works for Kwasi and manages his constituency office. A huge congratulations to all those who have completed their apprenticeships across Surrey and beyond, and a special congratulations to Tracey on her achievement!