Outward Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony

Urban Futures and Outward were delighted to co-ordinate the first ever Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony held at Newlon House in Tottenham Hale. 15 apprentices were invited to celebrate their hard work over the last year and highlight the importance and value of Apprenticeships to employers, learners and the economy.
Peter Little, Chief Executive Officer of Outward addressed the audience to congratulate the young people who had successfully completed their Apprenticeships. He commented: “This Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony celebrates the successes and achievements of our apprentices and recognises the hard work they have put in to accomplish their Apprenticeship.“Steve Delaney, Chief Executive of Urban Futures demonstrated the importance of Apprenticeships and encouraged the young people to really motivate themselves as they begin their careers. Urban Futures were responsible for sourcing and supporting all the apprentices throughout the year and provided NVQ training and an Exam Centre in order for them to complete their modules. Karanjit Paul, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator for Urban Futures took personal pride in closely working with all the young people and seeing them flourish as they begin their careers.
Victor Stephenson-Henshaw was asked to recount his experiences since he began his own Apprenticeship back in March 2012. Victor was a school dropout and claiming benefits until he reluctantly was sent to Urban Futures to complete a tailored support programme via the Job Centre. In a few short weeks Victor was offered an Apprenticeship position within Urban Futures for an Administration Assistant. To Victor’s surprise, as his apprenticeship was coming to a close he was offered a significant promotion as a Training Manager. More recently however, Victor has also now obtained a Level 3 in Customer Service and taken up the roll of Trainee Contracts Manager. Victor is a shining testament to the Apprenticeship programme and proves that whatever your background, you can succeed if you’re willing to work for it. Within 2 years, Victor completely turned his life around and continues to work exceptionally hard.
Sarah Ebanja, Chair of the Newlon Group Board added: “An increasing number of employers recognise the attributes of Apprenticeships and just how valuable their new skills can be. Sarah wished all the young people the best of luck and to be confident in upcoming interviews as a good attitude and strong work ethic is the first thing employers look for.
Plans are already underway for Outward’s second wave of apprenticeship applications and Urban Futures are happy to continue what has long been a mutually beneficial working relationship.

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