Olympian Honours Babington Graduates

Posted by: Jannike Post Date: 19th November 2013

Three Time Olympian and Belper born Ross Davenport was on hand to help celebrate the achievements of over 80 young people at Babington Group’s annual graduation ceremony.

The ceremony is in recognition of the achievements of its learners and provides the perfect opportunity for learners to formally receive their certificates watched on by family and friends.

Three Time Olympian and Belper born Ross Davenport was on hand to help celebrate the achievements of over 80 young people at Babington Group’s annual graduation ceremony.

The ceremony is in recognition of the achievements of its learners and provides the perfect opportunity for learners to formally receive their certificates watched on by family and friends.

Two Commonwealth Golds and Three Olympic Games

Ross Davenport knows a thing or two about the sacrifice and dedication needed for success and drew on his experiences as a three time Olympian to talk to graduates, their friends and family and staff at the awards held at The Riverside Centre on Pride Park.

Dedication – Hard Work – Determination

“Dedication, hard work, determination and having your family and friends supporting you are all the ingredients you need to succeed, regardless of if you are aiming for a gold medal or your goal is graduating”

he continued:

“It is indeed a privilege to hear your stories about the road to success and that working hard really does pay off as does a desire to succeed”.

Ross also congratulated the learners on their achievements and wished them all success for the future, advising them to aim high.

“As Good as Going to University”

Also speaking at the awards and handing out certificates was Jaine Bolton, Director, National Apprenticeship Service.  Jaine said

“It’s simple – more and more young people are choosing apprenticeships because more and more businesses are offering high quality apprenticeships as an opportunity.  The more this continues the more that young people will see that apprenticeships really are a great career choice and as good as going to university”

she continued:

“you can earn at the same time as learning and you get to make a real difference in a business”.

A Realistic Alternative to University – Minus the Debt

A young person who was celebrating receiving his certificate was Luke Denby an Accounts Assistant.  Luke was asked why he chose an apprenticeship he said “It’s a realistic alternative to university and a good opportunity to get 3 years experience at the same time as learning and I didn’t want the debt of going to university”.

Carole Carson, Managing Director of The Babington Group said

“As Ross mentioned it has indeed been an privilege to see over 80 young people graduate today and complete their apprenticeships.  Listening first hand to some of the learner’s journeys has been both humbling and makes all our staff and me extremely proud. 

It also provides us all with a greater understanding of the hard work and devotion these young people have put in and shows what a fantastic career pathway apprenticeships are”

she added:
“We are so proud of all our learners, staff and partners who have all contributed to making the event such a success”.

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