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New Apprenticeship Journeys documentary series set to premiere

A new Apprenticeship documentary series is set to launch during National Apprenticeship Week.

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Published Tuesday 31 January 2023

A new Cornwall-based documentary series that will tell the inspirational stories of the county’s businesses and professionals is set to launch during National Apprenticeship Week.

The first two episodes of the Truro and Penwith College Original Documentary Series ‘Apprenticeship Journeys’ will premiere online from 06 February at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/Apprenticeship-Journeys.

With the season premiere set for National Apprenticeship Week, 06-12 February, seven episodes will air throughout 2023, in a collaboration with award winning, Penryn-based video production agency Bull and Wolf Film Co.

The series of shorts will follow the journeys of both organisations and successful professionals, focusing on the positive impact apprenticeships have had economically and on life chances in Cornwall.

The first episode will immerse viewers in the innerworkings of Teagle Machinery Ltd, as it explores how apprenticeships are integrated into daily life at one of Cornwall’s biggest multinational companies.

Episode two joins Justin Lipkin on his journey from full-time student to Level 4 Software Developer Apprentice and now Full Stack Developer at HiYield, where over a few short years Justin is now managing his own apprentice, on a journey that has seen him run projects worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Hayley McKinstry, Director of Partnerships and Apprenticeships commented: “The College is hugely excited to premier the first episodes of our new Apprenticeship Journeys documentary series and a huge thanks to Bull & Wolf Film Co. for collaborating with us to tell a selection of our inspirational success stories.

“Apprenticeships have enjoyed a significant period growth at Truro and Penwith College over the last decade, supporting a key part of Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable high-quality employment and careers.

“The many professional success stories, quality careers and the impact our apprenticeships are having on life chances has created extremely engaging stories and it’s fantastic to have this platform to share them with local people to both continue raising awareness of the apprenticeship route and inspire the next generation of apprentices.”

Justin Lipkin at his desk during a virtual call.
Justin Lipkin has enjoyed success since his Apprenticeship at HiYield

Justin Lipkin, Full Stack Developer at HiYield said: “It was fantastic to be involved in the filming of Apprenticeship Journeys. My main reason for choosing the apprenticeship over a degree was that I’d still get that degree at the end, I’d get my Level 4, but I’d also have real world experience, work with real clients and I learnt loads about all these other companies and how they operate.

“There’s a perception around Apprenticeships that you’ll be earning low pay, but that’s nowhere near the case, I started on £8 per hour and now I’m a Full Stack Developer my salary is £28,000. My biggest achievement is moving from working on projects, to leading on projects and having my own team behind me.

Joe Turnbull, Founder at Bull and Wolf Film Co. said: “We’re thrilled to be the production agency behind the College’s Apprenticeship Journeys documentary series. The popcorn is ready for the National Apprenticeship Week premiere and our team of creative storytellers is already on location and hard at work in the studio to bring the rest of the series to life.”

Tune into the latest episodes and access supporting content, events, help and advice at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/Apprenticeship-Journeys.

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