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£200,000 funding sees 72 young people complete apprenticeships

Apprentice graduation ceremony
(L to R) Sam Burgess, Head of Service for Kingston Adult Education stands with Apprentice of the Year winners Caalum Kilpatrick (Achieving for Children), Danielle Thexton (The Groves Medical Centre), Leteasha Byrne (Latchmere School) and are joined by the Mayor, Councillor Roy Arora, James Berry MP and Chris Cox, Deputy Head of Service for Curriculum at Kingston Adult Education.

Seventy-two young people in Kingston celebrated completing a Council-run apprenticeship scheme, following this year’s £200,000 funding from the Skills Funding Agency.

The Mayor, Councillor Roy Arora and James Berry MP attended the Kingston Adult Education graduation ceremony on Thursday 25 June, in which all students received a certificate for their efforts.

Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of Kingston Council, said: 

“I was incredibly impressed with the apprentices. Their drive and enthusiasm for the work they do was inspiring. In fact, I invited the graduates for tea in the Mayor’s Parlour, so that I could learn more about their experiences. Following on from this, I have suggested that we should invite an apprentice to come and work with us in the Mayor’s Office.”

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Growth and Identity at Kingston Council, said:

“It’s so important that we give our young people as many different avenues as possible into a rewarding career. We are one of the top 100 highest-performing apprenticeship providers in the country, which we are very proud to be. This gives young people in our borough the best opportunity to succeed.

“The programme has done some fantastic work, including appointing and training apprentices in over 75 per cent of the doctors surgeries within the borough, equating to 33 placements in frontline services.

“We also take on 2 to 3 people per year as part of the National Graduate Development Programme. This two year scheme gives graduates a series of placements across the Council as National Management Trainees. The feedback we get from those who are using the scheme is excellent. The roles result in a huge amount of experience and an academic qualification to boot.”

To find out more about either of the schemes, see apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

The funding is managed and apprenticeships delivered by Kingston Adult Education. Popularity of the programme has increased year-on-year, with a 33 per cent increase in uptake of apprenticeships in 2015.