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SEAAN 2023 Celebrate and Inspire

SEAAN Supporting regional Graduation Events

It has been a privilege for SEAAN in being able to support these events over the last year.

Sussex Consortium of Training Providers (SCTP) organised the Apprentice Graduation Event for those living/working in the Brighton and Hove area. The event took place at Doubletree Metropole Brighton. Guest speakers included Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Cllr Bella Sankey, Professor Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor, University of Brighton, Paul Jennings, and Rob Hendley from Morgan and Sindall Construction.

Event Sponsors were NCFE, Morgan and Sindall Construction, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and SEAAN. The speakers spoke passionately about their own experiences and career pathways, and the stories behind those that graduated. In addition to the graduations, various awards were presented by representatives attending. A special tribute was made to Charlie Essex whose family received the award posthumously. The event was presented beautifully by John Young (previously BBC Southeast Today) He is seen here facilitating the Apprenticeship Spotlight panel. They spoke about their journey and some of the challenges they overcame, the support they received from their employers, families, friends, training provider and tutor.

SCTP also organised the East Sussex Graduations at The Welcome Building Eastbourne. Sponsors supporting the event were: University of Brighton, East Sussex College Group, SEAAN, East Sussex County Council, and CITB.

Working closely with Caroline Bragg of ESCC and the SCTP team led by Vanessa Potter were pivotal in making these wonderful events happen.

Pictured here is Chris Lovell Apprentice Ambassador who works for CJAM has embraced his role as an AA. He said of the event:  

“My passion for education and skills has been further invigorated following the East Sussex Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. It was great to hear from apprentices and those who facilitate apprenticeships on how such opportunities have truly transformed lives. A passion of mine is to help others succeed. Therefore, I am excited to share I’ll be taking on the volunteer role of Apprenticeship Ambassador with the South East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (SEAAN).
Education and the development of skills can have a huge impact on people’s lives, professionally, socially and otherwise. Apprenticeships can provide this in an inclusive way.”

Chris Lovell Apprentice Ambassador

Photos credit SCTP

Kent and Medway Graduation Event

Elizabeth attended this wonderful event where 210 people graduated in beautiful surroundings- Rochester Cathedral.  Aimee Jones who presented at the event, promoting the network, and handing out certificates and Jo Budd Apprentice Ambassador are pictured here with Elizabeth. Our continued thanks goes to Ambassadors including Michael Radcliffe and Hazel Allan from CXK (ASK) and Medway Council.

More information about graduates and the awards can be found on the Kent and Medway link here