West Sussex apprentices celebrated their achievements at Chichester Cathedral during National Apprenticeship Week on Tuesday 6 March.

West Sussex apprentices at Graduation Ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.

Around 80 graduates attended the ceremony with local businesses, friends and family members. This year’s apprenticeships ranged from Social Care and Digital Marketing to Engineering and Technical Theatre.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates and thank the businesses that have supported them throughout their apprenticeships.

“I think it’s great to recognise what can be achieved from an apprenticeship, for instance, a Level 7 apprenticeship is equivalent to a Master’s degree. It’s a fantastic opportunity to earn and learn so we are hoping to see this figure increase further in the coming years.”

Terry Franks, who graduated at the ceremony, completed an NVQ Level 5 in Health & Social Care, said: “The best part of the graduation for me was having my family there who have been very supportive throughout my training. My friends also cheered me on at both the reception and ceremony.”

The graduation event was organised by West Sussex County Council and the Federation of Small Businesses, with support from District and Borough Councils and local apprenticeship training providers.

West Sussex County Council is increasing the number of apprenticeships across its organisation as a result of government changes. Click here to find out more about apprenticeships .

Image credit: Marston Robing.