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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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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