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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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Nervous wait for Pizza Express in Crawley as firm prepares for debt talks with creditors

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Another major restaurant could be the latest victim of changing conditions on the high street.

The chain has reportedly hired in financial advisers ahead of talks with creditors over huge mounted debts.

The company reported a 11% fall in pre-tax profit in the second quarter of the year.

The Chinese owned company is reported to have huge debts that have amounted as the chain has struggled to cope with the changing habits of shoppers.

There are also rumours that the debt could be as much as £1.6m per restaurant.

Pizza Express is currently refusing to comment on what they call ‘speculation’ around their appointing of creditors.

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