January’s Funeral Director highlights how the NAFD’s annual graduation demonstrates the commitment by funeral firms and their employees to be the best.

Almost 200 people celebrated together, in December, at Birmingham City University as part of the NAFD’s annual celebration of qualification success.

More than 40 graduates of the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration, the 25-strong  first crop of graduates of the newly revised Diploma in Funeral Directing and six newly-qualified NAFD tutors gathered with their families and friends to receive their awards and celebrate their achievements.

There was a vibrant atmosphere at the event, which was held in the magnificent new Curzon Building, home of Birmingham City Business School, as the graduates caught up with fellow students, their tutors and other colleagues, which spilled over on to social media as graduates shared photos and thoughts about the day with their wider friends and families via Twitter and Facebook.

One of the most encouraging signs from the graduation event with regards to professional development within the funeral sector was the increased number of independent and smaller funeral firms supporting employees in undertaking the qualifications, not to mention the healthy flow of applications into NAFD National Office by funeral arrangers and funeral directors keen to begin study on the 2016 programmes.