We would like to say congratulations to all those who came together for Babington’s graduation earlier this week. It was an excellent day as apprentices attended with family and friends to celebrate their success and receive their qualifications, which varied across levels 3 to 5.
The day commenced with a speech from CEO Carole Carson, who took great pride in congratulating all graduates and reminded us of how apprenticeships do provide a true alternative to university and that everyone should be extremely proud of their achievements.
This was followed by Michael Platt, Learning and Development business partner at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), who explained how they have addressed public sector goals for new apprentices. He expressed how important it is for them to focus on having meaningful roles within the organisation for apprentices.
Inspire, motivate, educate.
We were also lucky enough to be joined by local Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport, who awarded the graduates with their certificates. He also shared his inspirational journey to becoming a successful athlete, which took him to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, where he won gold! The moral of his story being that “extraordinary things can happy to ordinary people” but “if you only put in 99% effort, you’ll 100% fail”.
Julian Healy, Level 4 Financial Accounting apprentice at Boots, spoke about the benefits he has found through taking the apprenticeship route, after first trying university. He has now decided on the career path he’d like to take and has even had the opportunity to work in new locations while completing his apprenticeship.
I am really enjoying my training with Babington, my tutor is ace.
At school there was a big push for A-Level students to progress to University, but I felt that I was ready to step into the world of work. The apprenticeship programme was a fantastic opportunity to carry on studying whilst gaining valuable work experience.
I think I am doing well. I got a little behind at the beginning, but I am now back on track and things are going well, especially my functional skills!
The pairing of hands-on experience and expert teaching and advice has enhanced my knowledge within my role and industry. I have no doubt in saying what I have learnt from my experience with the Babington will continue to prove vital for the day-to-day dealings within my industry.
This will give me the skills and knowledge to be an inspiring leader to the teams I manage.
Doing the CII qualification will enable me to further my career and will broaden my job prospects for the future. My trainer is very supportive and makes me feel confident that I will succeed.
We were joined once again by professional photographers, Flashbash, who took individual photos of the graduates with their scrolls, as well as with family and friends. These photos can be seen on their website, here. You can check out other photos captured on the day, as well as those taken in the photo booth in our Facebook album, here.
Everyone at Babington would once again like to congratulate all the graduates of 2017, and wish you all the very best of luck as you take the next steps in your career!