Calling all apprentice employers!

By Nick Batten on 10 August, 2016

Local employers that have any apprentices who are about to complete an advanced (level 3) or higher (level 4) apprenticeship, have been urged by Wiltshire Council to encourage them to attend the Gradu8 Ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral on October 6.

According to Wiltshire Council, if apprentices attend the ceremony, employers will also be invited to join them and details of the employer’s business will be mentioned in the programme brochure and during the ceremony itself. In addition to this, the event is free to those who have achieved higher and advanced apprenticeships.

Apprentices will be congratulated by the renowned explorer and High Sheriff of Wiltshire, David Hempleman-Adams and presented with certificates by the leaders of Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council.

There will also be a pre-ceremony networking lunch for employers held at the Salisbury Museum from 11:30am which will be led by John Glen MP.

The events will mark the end of a year-long campaign to boost the numbers of new local apprenticeship starts. The Council claim that this academic year’s campaign target is to create 5,600 new apprenticeships and figures for the first six months already show 2,990 apprenticeship starts.

The Wiltshire Council-led campaign works in partnership with apprenticeship providers across the county and encourages businesses to sign up and take on apprentices particularly those aiming for advanced and higher qualifications.

Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member responsible for economic development and skills said that she was “looking forward” to meeting the apprentices attending the graduation.

She added: “The figures of apprenticeship starts are encouraging and show more people are seeing the benefits of learning new skills on the job as an apprentice and more employers are recognising how apprentices can add fresh energy and build new skills into the workplace.”

The Gradu8 event has been organised mainly by the Gloucester & Wiltshire Training Provider Network (GWP) in partnership with several other organisations including Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.

The cut-off date for apprentice registrations is Friday September 16.

Places for both events can be booked now by going to