Apprentices made history when they became the first to graduate from a Durham college.
New College Durham celebrated its biggest graduation ceremony with students graduating from higher apprenticeships for the first time.
More than 300 higher education students graduated at one of three ceremonies, from over 40 different higher education programmes, including those from IT and management apprenticeship programmes.
Among them was Jake Oliver, 21, from Seaham, who is employed as an IT technician at Durham County Council.
He said: “The higher apprenticeship programme has helped me gain a much wider knowledge of IT, which has helped me progress at work. I would 100% recommend a higher apprenticeship as it is an excellent way of gaining higher qualifications alongside on-the-job experience.
“Studying and completing the higher apprenticeship for IT, web, software and telecoms professionals has opened up new doors for me in my career. I can’t thank the staff at New Durham College enough who helped me through my apprenticeship.”
I would 100% recommend a higher apprenticeshipJake Oliver
Other programmes in which students graduated included HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees, honours degrees and professional qualifications.
The awards were presented to the students by James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce.
New College Durham principal, John Widdowson, said: “This was an important ceremony for the college as we congratulated our students on successfully gaining their awards, with many graduating from higher apprenticeships for the first time.
“We wish all our students who have graduated every success for the future, and we hope they inspire others to participate in higher education through the example of their success and achievement.”
A Higher Apprenticeship is a nationally accredited work-based programme, which includes a higher education qualification such as a foundation degree or degree. New College Durham
currently offer 10 higher apprenticeships.
For more information about higher education programmes at New College Durham, including higher apprenticeship, register for a HE drop-in session over the summer by visiting www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk or contacting the college on 0191 375 4040.