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Published on Thursday, March 7, 2019


Liverpool hosts apprenticeship graduation ceremonies and celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Over 300 people attended St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Thursday 7th March to celebrate the achievements and success of Liverpool City Region residents who have graduated from their apprenticeships. 

Graduates from various age groups and industries came together to celebrate their success and receive the same recognition that university students experience upon completion of a degree. A range of colleges, training providers and employers including Sefton Council, St Helen’s Chamber, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, First Ark and Andrew Collinge also attended the event to celebrate their apprentices’ passion, hard work and effort. 

Parity of esteem 

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, who opened the event said: 

“As a former apprentice bricklayer, I'm committed to promoting parity of esteem between the academic and technical routes into the world of work. It was an honour to celebrate the achievements of hundreds of local apprentices at their graduation ceremony today.” 

No age limit 

Keynote speaker, Jay Blades, award-winning BBC presenter, furniture expert and social entrepreneur commented: 

“My perception of apprentices, and I think this is a view shared by a lot of people, has always been that they’re young people. However, that clearly isn’t the case as seen today, I never knew there was no age limit to being an apprentice, that’s what has blown me away today.” 

Guests, fellow apprentices, VIPs and LCR Apprenticeship Ambassadors enjoyed the launch reception prior to the ceremonies, which were hosted in the iconic concert hall, famous for being declared “the most perfect room in the world” by Charles Dickens.  

One of the graduates, Thomas Denton, attended the event with his grandfather who has enjoyed a long and successful career in engineering. Thomas has proudly followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by completing a level 4 mechanical manufacturing engineering apprenticeship with employer Denholms and C E Edwards and training provider North West Training Council. Thomas is now a production engineer, he comments: 

‘I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, it has been a great experience and I’m very pleased to be here today to celebrate my achievement.’


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