On 4 October, over 100 apprentice graduates from multiple apprenticeships from across Kent celebrated their achievement at Rochester Cathedral. The event was the first of its kind in Kent and Medway.

Two MidKent College apprentices, Jake Kingswood and Joe Barker, were nominated and celebrated in front of family, friends and employers. Both have completed their Level 2 IT Application Specialist apprenticeship at the College, and are continuing their career in the sector.

Jake completed his apprenticeship with Medway Council who have since offered him a permanent position, and Joe is now using the skills he learnt on his apprenticeship with the IT team at Sutton Valence School.

Chris Hare, Executive Director at MidKent College, said “Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for people to gain technical qualifications while working, and the advantages of learning in the workplace while building significant industry experience are attracting more and more people, and employers, to consider an apprenticeship.

That said, until now it's been a bit of a disappointment that apprentices didn't have the same opportunity to celebrate their achievements with family and friends as those who chose to study at university, so we're really pleased to see the introduction of this graduation ceremony and proud of our apprentices who graduated today."

Students have the opportunity to develop their skills by progressing through the different levels of apprenticeships, and if they choose to do so, gain a university degree. MidKent College offers a range of apprenticeships at different levels including in the construction trades, Engineering and Business.

We look forward to the next Kent Graduation Ceremony for Apprentices in 2020!

Find out more about apprenticeships at MidKent College here.