The aim of the ceremonies will be to recognise and reward the achievement of higher and advanced apprentices who successfully complete their programmes. They will also help to raise the profile of apprenticeships, underlining the fact that they are on an equal footing with university as a route to a successful career.
Initially, £400,000 of government funding has been awarded to the graduation ceremonies project.
Local authorities, training providers, colleges and employers are expected to work together to organise and host the ceremonies. As well as celebrating the success of individual apprentices, the events will be used to engage with potential apprentices of the future and with employers who have not previously employed an apprentice.
Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Skills Minister Nick Boles said that graduation ceremonies for apprentices are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they deserve for investing in their own futures.
Everyone involved in the success of apprenticeships – including parents, influencers and employers – will be able to come together with a real feeling of pride in what the apprentices have achieved in their learning and work, the minister added.
Boles also took the opportunity to underline the value of apprenticeships, which are thriving in England. They offer outstanding career prospects for ambitious young people and also give businesses an excellent route to grow a highly qualified and motivated workforce, he said.