More than 400 Merseyside learners filled Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral for what is believed to have been the UK’s largest apprenticeship graduation ceremony.

The venue, which also hosts university graduations, welcomed level three and four achievers across two ceremonies on Tuesday, April 29. Among them was Adam Hill, aged 21, who studied information technology at the Mercia Partnership independent learning provider and undertook an apprenticeship with Wirral-based IT repairs company Proper Geeks.

He said: “It’s great that we have been given the chance to experience a graduation ceremony and that we have a day dedicated to celebrating our hard work and achievements.”

WorldSkills 2013 gold medallist Ashley Terron was a guest of honour and told FE Week: “As a former bricklaying apprentice, I wish I could have experienced a graduation when I completed my qualification two years ago.”