Celebrating Learners’ Achievements at the Guildhall – TDM’s Graduation Ceremony in November 2023

The Development Manager Ltd. (TDM), a West Midlands based training provider, funded by the Deparrment for Education,  held its annual graduation ceremony at the Guildhall in Worcester on 6th November.

The ceremony saw the 2022-2023 degree apprenticeship, apprenticeship and skills bootcamp graduates each receive their respective degrees, diplomas and awards in front of their families, employers and special invitees.

Guest speakers and special guests included Sarah Foley from The British Computer Society, Lydia Dams  from the  University of Wolverhampton, Lucy Bolton from the West Midlands Combined Authority and Steve Borwell from Telecetera on behalf of West Midlands Employers, amongst other distinguished guests.

Derrin Kent, Director of Studies and MD at TDM  said: “I am very proud to see these Apprentices and Skills Bootcamp learners achieving government-funded and nationally recognised qualifications whilst practically furthering their careers in Tech and Digital at the same time.  The fabulous truth is that any adult can apprentice, take a degree or bootcamp in NEW digital skills with TDM, regardless of their current salary, their current age or their prior qualifications achieved.  These learning opportunities really are for everyone.”

Special commendations went to our degree apprenticeship graduates, who have navigated through the pandemic years and made it through to the end of their degree with 1st class honours.

Guest speakers talked about the importance of tech and digital skills development in the UK as a national strategy to help Britain’s economy stay strong for the future. Degree Apprentices are the tech leaders of today and Tech and Digital Skills Bootcamp and Level 3/4 Apprentices are beginning on that journey whist also supporting their employers.  Employers across the West Midlands are making use of these government-funded training programmes to recruit new talent and also to reskill and retain their existing talent.

Steve Borwell reminded employers of the importance of maintaining currency with their technology if they wish to stay competitive in a fast evolving, digitally transforming labour economy.  “ It is important that local employers continue to work on their skills and knowledge strategy, including the promotion of women and ethnic minorities in the STEM sector to ensure a diverse workforce”

TDM has driven a growth in the numbers of women and BAME community  undertaking tech and digital apprenticeships in the past few years, which is a cause for celebration alone.

Manisha Kaur, a degree apprentice graduate celebrated saying thank you to all her TDM coaches, fellow graduates and her employer for giving her the opportunity to progress. Manisha reported that now she manages and leads tech projects and is going from strength to strength in her career.

The Development Manager Ltd. delivers Tech and Digital Degree Apprenticeships,  Apprenticeships and Digital Skills Bootcamps and has operated as a Virtual Learning Environment consultancy for over 17 years. TDM wholeheartedly believes that people should do well by doing good, achieving prosperity and career and social mobility by doing good for others. TDM’s  Apprenticeships engage genuinely work-based learning, underpinned by academic rigour.  This approach enables our fantastically high pass rates which currently stand at 95% with an Ofsted grade of Outstanding for the quality of our education.

This has been an amazing year for TDM.  If you are an employer who wants to know more about The Development Manager and how they can help with your recruitment, retention and reskilling strategies, or if you personally – whether you are already employed or an unemployed jobseesker – want to know how YOU could be graduating with a government-funded Staffordshire University honours degree from your TDM apprenticeship, make contact today –

https://thedevelopmentmanager.co.uk/ or email enquiries@tdm.co.uk