Apprentices graduate

Thu 30 July 2015, 4:15 pm

Apprentices from across the London Borough of Hillingdon attended a ceremony at Brunel University after passing their Level 3 qualifications.

Based at businesses across the borough, many attended with their employer to celebrate their achievement ­– the equivalent of passing A Levels. The graduates completed their qualifications through Heathrow Academy, the London Borough of Hillingdon, The JGA Group, Total Support and Uxbridge College.

Those in attendance have been working in industries such as engineering, hairdressing, business administration, health and social care and sports.

The event was hosted by Uxbridge College, where the mayor of Hillingdon, George Cooper, presented graduates with certificates. A recorded congratulatory video message by London mayor and Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP, Boris Johnson, was also shown.

Laraine Smith OBE, principal of Uxbridge College, said: “Apprenticeships are now being recognised as a real alternative to full time education, and you can study all the way to degree level while still being employed. 

“You might be surprised to know that there are apprenticeships in careers as diverse as dental nursing and accounting, as well as the more traditional engineering and customer service - so whatever the job, there’s probably an apprenticeship to go with it.”

Vice chancellor and president of Brunel University, professor Julia Buckingham, welcomed the graduates and their guests.

Two special certificates were presented to apprenticeship ambassadors, Natalie Culhane from West London Motor Group and Lakjit Chand from Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems. Both progressed from a Level 3 apprenticeship to higher education, supported by their employers, and have been recognised with west London business apprenticeship awards.

Uxbridge College’s application for funding was supported by Hillingdon Council, with Brunel University London and Heathrow sponsoring the event.

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