Last week, Marshall Skills Academy held a celebration to mark the graduation of 32 apprentices who are now ready to embark on careers after four rigorous years of training.
Highlighting the continued growth for Marshall’s dedicated training arm, the “class of 2023” is the largest graduating cohort of apprentices to date—an increase of 20 from 2022’s graduating class.
The graduation ceremony took place in the brand new 25,000 sq ft Lipscombe-Mascall Workshop—part of the company’s state-of-the-art Cambridge training facility, which opened its doors just weeks ago.
The event offered an opportunity for Marshall’s leaders to share their pride and encourage the graduates as they start to build their careers.
Noting the perseverance and motivation required to complete an apprenticeship, Marshall CEO Kathy Jenkins said, “As you stand on the threshold of an exciting future, remember that you will be the ones driving progress, change and innovation—whether for Marshall, for the aerospace industry, or beyond.
“Your skills, your ideas, and your unwavering commitment will write the future and set the stage for the generations that come after you.”
Marshall Skills Academy General Manager Dan Edwards also praised the graduates for their tenacity and dedication to seeing their apprenticeships through despite the many personal and technical hurdles each of them faced.
Speaking on the side-lines of the event, many of the graduating apprentices shared ambitious plans for the next few years.
“The next thing for me is trying to develop in [Marshall] Futureworx, developing my career and seeing what the future holds for me—and I’m really excited for that,” said Engineering Apprentice Emily Argyrou.
“I’d like to progress to doing my level 3 electrical course, becoming a skilled electrician, and then either a supervisor electrician or progressing up to management,” said Fitter Apprentice Tyler Ward.
“In my next steps, I intend to use my skills in terms of Marshall Aerospace and Marshall Land Systems, and also just progress in terms of further studies, potentially a master’s degree, and maybe into management,” said Aerospace Apprentice Matthew Barber.
The entire Marshall Skills Academy team was present, as well as representatives from across the business—including Marshall Land Systems Managing Director Gary Moynehan; Marshall Aerospace Director of Global Operations Andrew Goodwin; Engineering Fellow Mark Palmer and Aerospace Apprenticeships Manager Georgina Scott-Wilds.
All graduates were presented with a congratulatory gift bag containing personalised Maglites, commemorative pens, alumni badges and an invitation to join the Alumni network, while having their photographs taken with Marshall’s leadership team to mark the occasion.