Local Apprentices Graduate at Prestigious Ceremony

The Development Manager Ltd. (TDM), a West Midlands based Apprenticeship provider, held its annual graduation ceremony at The Guildhall Worcester on Friday 25 October.

The ceremony saw 20 of TDM’s graduating apprentices receive their graduation certificates, including Worcestershire LEP’s PR, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Alex Price.

Speaking at the graduation were the Mayor of Worcester Allah Ditta, Ted Hill of Worcester Warriors and England Rugby Union teams, Jamie Andrews who was Worcestershire Higher level Apprentice of the year 2018, and is currently working toward his BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional qualification with TDM, and Will Brazier, another former TDM Apprentice who has formed two of his own tech and digital businesses.

Apprentices, employers and stakeholders have been eager to celebrate the successes of the graduation:

Joshua Childe has completed his Infrastructure Technician Level 3 apprenticeship at Overt Software and commented; “By going down the Apprenticeship route, I have dramatically improved on essential business skills and have further developed my IT knowledge. Through coaching from The Development Manager, I feel confident and competent in areas I’ve been lacking in and the workplace has been fully supportive throughout my Apprenticeship journey; especially my mentor at Overt Solutions. This progress has been recognised by the business and now I will be a mentor to new apprentices joining.” 

OGL Computer Services Group have three apprentices graduating. HR Manager Lisa Kuell, said; “Having willing, able and keen Apprentices at OGL offers an ability to support additional and more complex contracts and customers by way of technical support and customer service. Investing and developing apprentices also allows us to have a continual pipeline of talent which enables succession planning and progression and Apprentices are encouraged to continue their career with OGL after completion. 

Our Apprentices bring with them current knowledge and experience in an ever-evolving and competitive sector. They also enthuse and energise our existing workforce with new ideas and offer alternative solutions to problems which have enabled customer issues to be resolved quickly and smoothly.” 

Kim Cook, Managing Director at Worcestershire Apprenticeships, said; “Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub would like to congratulate all of The Development Manager’s graduates on their achievement. We also want to thank their employers for investing in apprenticeships and taking part in this government initiative, contributing to Worcestershire’s employment and skills objectives; Apprenticeships keep talent locally in the county and boost the local economy through improved skills in the area.”

Derrin Kent, CEO of the The Development Manager, added;TDM are delighted and proud to celebrate another award-winning year of launching and furthering Tech & Digital careers. We achieved the best Ofsted grades possible at this year’s formal Ofsted inspection. We believe in the value of genuinely work-based learning, underpinned by academic rigour. We continue to support employers to offer apprenticeships from career entry level 3 and on to a BSc (Hons) degree.

We are continuously improving on the intent, the implementation and the impact of our curriculum. We care about career and social mobility as well as regional and employer success.  We understand that it is important for us to coach and train apprentices for both:

  • Skills and Knowledge Development and
  • Professional Development attitudes and behaviours

For more information about TDM and the apprenticeships they offer, visit their website here.


Pictured: L-R Derrin Kent, CEO of TDM and Mayor of Worcester Allah Ditta with TDM’s graduating apprentices