Truro and Penwith College offers a very broad range of Apprenticeships in Cornwall and works in partnership with employers to ensure training programmes are tailored to meet their needs.

Boost your business with an Apprentice

With government subsidies and the Apprenticeship Levy to help pay for hiring and training from April 17, Apprenticeships are great for businesses. Cultivate your existing employees by enrolling them on an Apprenticeship programme. This allows them to continue working for your company whilst improving their professional skills and receiving outstanding tuition from the College. Alternatively, you can recruit a new Apprentice into your business. Apprentices bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, growing with your business as they progress through the course and develop their working knowledge.

What is an Apprenticeship?

As well as being available in traditional trades such as hairdressing, car mechanics, engineering and construction, members of staff can also receive Apprenticeship training in professional sectors such as accountancy, business, management, IT and digital, marketing and many more. Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16, and training programmes typically last between 12 – 18 months, but depending on level they can last up to four years.

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Apprenticeship Levels

Apprenticeship programmes are available at three different levels:




How does an Apprenticeship work?
  • Truro and Penwith College’s recruitment team can help you recruit the right Apprentice for your business, by promoting vacancies as well as identifying individuals from our Talent Bank of potential candidates. View Apprenticeship jobs we are currently recruiting here (link to app jobs).
  • Once the Apprentice is identified and employed a training programme starts including on and off the job training. This includes a range of nationally recognised qualifications and if the Apprentice hasn’t already achieved relevant qualifications, maths, English and IT if relevant to the role.
  • Apprentices will have a dedicated training assessor and training at the College is led by trainers who are experts in their industry.
  • As an employer you will set the wage for your Apprentices at the start of the Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers build in incentives to recognise achievement. Employers may be able to access a grant (AGE grant) if recruiting 16 – 24 year olds in a small company, and even more benefits will be available under the new Apprenticeship Levy coming in April 2017, contact us for more information.
How much will hiring an Apprentice cost?
  • The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to staff aged 16-18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of an Apprenticeship. After this they are entitled to the National minimum wage for their age.
  • To attract the right candidate we recommend you look at the role and how it compares to other roles within your organisation, and offer a fair wage.
  • The cost of Apprenticeship training is paid through government funding (up to £15,000), with a small company contribution of £500 - £700 per Apprentice. This will change with the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force in April 2017, our team are on hand to advise how this will affect your business, call 01872 242711.
What Commitment is required of you and your business?
  • As with any members of staff, commitment to their development, setting clear tasks and objectives and enabling them to develop new skills. You will also be required to meet the legal requirements of relevant legislation such as health and safety, equal opportunities and working time directive.
  • A minimum 1-year contract
  • Nominate a key contact or mentor for the learner.
What do I do next?
  • Talk to our Apprenticeship team by calling 01872 242711 or email
  • Discuss your requirements and queries with a Business Development Advisor at free consultation with no obligation to take the Apprenticeship forward.
  • Once satisfied complete a vacancy form and the College will then advertise the vacancy with the option to support you through shortlisting and interview processes if required. View vacancies we are currently advertising here (link to app jobs search page).
  • The College will create a timetable for agreed training
  • The Apprentice starts employment with you, along with visits from their training advisor and training sessions with the College.