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High profile business leaders, including Andrew Barton the famous TV celebrity hairdresser, addressed an audience of Apprentices, employers and guests, to congratulate businesses and their employees who have successfully completed an Apprenticeship in the last academic year.

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The importance and value of Apprenticeships to employers, learners and the economy was highlighted at the Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony held at York Minster (18th November). VIP’s from the world of business mixed with around 600 Apprentices, employers, and guests to witness the handing out of commemorative certificates to celebrate the achievements of local apprentices.

The high profile event was co-ordinated by York College, the National Apprenticeship Service and York Business Week, with support from The Guilds of York, City of York Council and a number of leading training providers and businesses.

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Anthony Knowles, Head of Employer Accounts (Yorkshire and The Humber) at National Apprenticeship Service commented: “Through the York Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony we are able to celebrate the successes and achievements of our local apprentices. This event gives us the chance to recognise the hard work apprentices put in to achieving their Apprenticeship. In addition, an increasing number of employers in the City of York realise Apprenticeships can not only fulfil long-term recruitment needs and increase productivity, they boost the local economy too. The ceremony gave us an opportunity to thank these Apprenticeship employers for their continued investment and support”.

Nick Eggleton, Director of York Business Week added, “The York ceremony is an officially recognised ‘trailblazer’ event by the NAS and we hope with continued support of local businesses to make it a permanent part of York Business Week.”

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