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Apprentices urged to register for Graduation

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Hundreds of apprentices are being urged to register by the end of January to attend the 2017 graduation ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.

Registration has opened for the celebrations on 7 March and is open to anyone working in a West Sussex business that completed an Advanced or Higher degree apprenticeship during 2016. More than 400 people completed Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships in 2016 in sectors including social care, estate agency, web development and everything in between.

Stephen Hillier, County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “Last year’s graduation was such a momentous occasion as so many attended the ceremony and nearly everyone had used their apprenticeships to move forward with their careers.

“I hope the number of apprenticeships in West Sussex continues to grow. The young people in our county have an incredibly diverse range of talents and I hope that many look to apprenticeships as the start of a bright and exciting future.”

Aaron Gumbrell is one example of how apprenticeships can be life-changing

Aaron is one example of how apprenticeships can be life-changing

Aaron Gumbrell, 27, from Pulborough, was put off the idea of university due to the cost attached so, instead, he decided to pursue an apprenticeship. Aaron started with a Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Administration at the County Council and graduated with his Level 5 qualification in Human Resource Management (HRM) last year.

“I wanted to start a career with room for progression. One of the main things, for me, is the level of support you get from your colleagues, everybody is happy to help and pass on their experience. It’s also great to learn at college and then have an instant opportunity to put that into practice at work.”

Aaron was one of the 62 apprenticeship graduates who attended last year’s event and was awarded a ceremonial pin and a certificate.

“I found the ceremony inspirational and a great occasion to mark what I have achieved in my career to date,” said Aaron.

 

To get involved, email apprentice.network@westsussex.gov.uk or, to register for the 2017 graduation ceremony, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/graduation.

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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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