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Apprentices celebrate their achievements at Award Ceremony

Eastleigh College Apprentices recently attended the ‘Southampton Celebration of Achievement Award Ceremony’ at the Southampton Guildhall to mark their accomplishments and successes during their Apprenticeships.

Christie Arnold, Michael Hyland and Philippa Gough took to the stage to be awarded their medals and certificates in recognition of their hard work and dedication over the course of their Apprenticeship programmes.   

Christie studied a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration and works at Jasper Vincent Solicitors. She feels that her Apprenticeship has had a positive impact on her career: “I feel that my Apprenticeship has set me up for the job that I have today and provided me with valuable skills that I can transfer from job-to-job as my career progresses.”

Philippa works at Radian, and also studied a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration. She said, “My Apprenticeship gave me the foundation to progress in my career. I have now secured a full-time job with my employer as a Digital Development Officer and I am looking forward to a positive future.”

Michael studied a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture and works at Score Group Plc. He believes an Apprenticeship was the best option for him: “My Apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to go out and earn money from day one. I was 16 when I started and I am not the sort of person to sit in a classroom for hours on end. I like to learn by being ‘hands on’. I feel that now I am a qualified engineer, I can work anywhere in the world and I have stable foundations for a good career and a good life.”

The celebration event represented around 20 training providers and over 100 employers, and aimed to promote Apprenticeships by encouraging more employers and young people to realise the extensive range of benefits they offer, and recognise them as an equal alternative to academic study.

Through celebrating the achievements of a diverse range of apprentices in the Southampton area, the event was able to highlight the importance of learning workplace skills, and the positive difference Apprenticeships make to individuals and businesses.

John Pratt, Head of Eastleigh College Training Agency, said ‘Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and are now seen as an equivalent and desirable route to a rewarding and successful career – it is vital that we take every opportunity to celebrate the success that completing an Apprenticeship brings.’

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about Apprenticeships and how these can benefit your business, please visit our Employer Services Information.

If you’re thinking of applying for an Apprenticeship, please visit our careers page to view our range of options. If you would like to speak to someone about the options available, please contact the Eastleigh College Training Agency on or 023 8091 1195.