Brighton & Hove stars shine at glittering graduation

The sixth annual Brighton & Hove Apprenticeship Graduation recently unfolded at the Hilton Metropole, orchestrated by the Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP).  

In an event attended by over 150 guests, the city came together to honour the exceptional contributions of apprentices, training providers, and employers to the thriving apprenticeship community. Councillor Jackie O’Quinn, the city’s mayor, presented graduation certificates to the evening’s graduates.  

Sponsors, including Brighton & Hove City Council, University of Brighton, NCFE, South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and Brighton Metropolitan College, played a pivotal role in the success of the event which included presenting four awards recognising the apprentices’ impactful work. 

Vanessa Potter, executive director of the SCTP, shared her enthusiasm, stating, “It was inspiring to see so many [people] coming together to celebrate apprenticeships and recognise the impact that apprentices have on the city’s communities and businesses.” 

Potter underscored the dual benefits of apprenticeships, stating, “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for individuals to develop the most in-demand skills and qualifications, and they enable businesses to train the talent they need to support their businesses to grow.  

“Congratulations to the apprenticeship graduate class of 2023!” 

Bella Sankey, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, delivered the opening address. Councillor Sankey emphasising the broad opportunities apprenticeships offer across various sectors, saying: “Apprentices are bringing new skills, mindsets and energy into our workplaces and support increased growth and productivity in the businesses they work for.” 

Brighton & Hove City Council is a big apprenticeship employer in the region: over 120 apprentices are currently in training across council services.  

Research suggests that these apprenticeships are springboards to successful, long-term careers. 90% of apprentices transition into work or further training, and 88% achieve sustained employment.  

As Brighton continues its dedication to championing apprenticeships, the city looks ahead to nurturing future talent and supporting businesses. As Councillor Sankey said, “We will continue to support apprentices and employers across the city in the years to come.” 

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