16 NOV 2017

Maidstone Apprentice wins the day at nation's biggest 'Skills Show'

An apprentice who cut his teeth with Barclays Bank in Maidstone's Fremlin Walk has won a major competition at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Kieron Kennerley was at the Skills Show to take part in a Youth Summit along with 100 other young people. As part of the summit, the young apprentices were charged with pitching to a judging panel their ideas on how careers advice could be transformed. Kieron's team, the 'Careers Busters' won the competition with their outstanding and original presentation on how careers advice can be made accessible to all.

Kieron was initially based in Barclays Maidstone but has now moved on to work in the bank's careers division at Canary Warf. In his new role, somewhat befittingly, he is involved with the development and training of new apprentices.

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant, who is also the newly appointed Chairman of the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, was visiting The Skills Show and took the opportunity to meet up with Mr Kennerley.

Helen said, 'I had heard a lot about Kieron from the team at Barclays in Maidstone when I visited recently, and it was great to catch up with him in Birmingham last week. He is an articulate and engaging young man who is a credit to Barclays. Furthermore, he is an excellent example of the life changing opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide to our young people. I know he is destined for really great things and I look forward to continuing to follow his progress.'

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