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Cornwall's only Expert Apprenticeship Provider awarded by The Department for Education (DfE).

Quality Apprenticeships with top employers

Truro and Penwith College offers quality apprenticeship programmes in 30 exciting job roles in partnership with Cornwall's top employers. Our continually expanding range of training is designed in partnership with employers to address the skills needed and career routes available at local businesses.

Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall's Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable, high-quality employment and career opportunities.

Programmes provide learners with a unique opportunity to earn while they learn and are suitable for anyone over the age of 16, with no upper age limit.

Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeships are the ideal option for anyone looking to start a quality career for the first time and those who are already employed and seeking professional development.


Click above to watch our film and discover the difference with Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College.


Click above to watch our latest film following Tristan James on his Apprenticeship Journey with Truro and Penwith College.

Apprenticeship Journeys

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, the College is premiering an original documentary series; Apprenticeship Journeys. The series of shorts follow the journeys of both orgainisations and successful professionals, focusing on the positive impact apprenticeships have had economically and on life chances in Cornwall.

Watch all of the latest episodes through the link below and discover helpful support and advice from our learners and employers in their Apprenticeship journey.

Watch the full series of Apprenticeship Journeys here

Winners and Highly Commended nominees on stage in 2022

Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2024

A huge thank you to everyone who nominated. The 2024 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards will again be an incredibly competitive evening with the exceptional quality of nominations received.

The shortlisting panel has been busy reviewing your nominations and has announced the shortlist of nominees.

Read the list of nominees and vote for the 2024 Achiever of the Year using the button below.

Programmes and levels

The College offers 30 Apprenticeship programmes that support quality careers with some of Cornwall's top employers in a wide range of sectors from Business, Marketing, Accountancy and Information Technology to Engineering, Construction, Automotive, Hospitality, Hair & Beauty and more. Your study will take place at either our Truro or Penwith campus, depending on your programme.

Time spent at college and the workplace

As an Apprentice, the majority of your time will be spent learning in the workplace, supported by regular days at College. Learners will typically spend 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% at College. In addition to specialist subject tutors, every Apprentice has a training advisor who visits them and their employer in the workplace to support with their role and any assessment work.

Entry level programmes

Entry requirements vary by programme and take practical experience into account as well as previous academic qualifications. Entry level programmes at Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs at Grades 4-9) or Level 3 (equivalent to two A Level passes) are usually the best option for the majority of learners who are entering a sector for the first time.

Higher level programmes

The College offers a range of higher level Apprenticeships from levels 4 - 6 that are University level qualifications. These programmes are often suited to those that have already completed an entry-level Apprenticeship, or have previous qualifications and work experience that allow them to start their Apprenticeship journey at a higher level.


Click above to watch our film and find out how REAAL can support adult and apprenticeship learners during their studies.

Rounded Education for Adult and Apprenticeship Learners (REAAL)

We want to ensure that you succeed in your chosen course but we also want to provide you with additional rounded educational resources to support your personal development, help you to achieve your goals and decide on your next steps. This includes safeguarding, prevent, support for stress and anxiety, wellbeing, labour market information and other supportive materials.

our stories

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Paige’s Story

Paige's Apprenticeship Success at Hiyield: A Symbiotic Blend of Education, Business, and Ambition.
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An image of Matt from Watson Marlow. Matt takes a selfie wearing a white shirt.

Matt’s Story

Meet Matt, who has recently been crowned as the Management Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.
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An image of Luke, an apprentice alumni of Truro and Penwith College. Luke is wearing a blazer and stood on the balcony section of the Fal building, smiling at the camera.

Luke’s Story

Meet Luke, a former Marketing Apprentice turned Training Advisor for Marketing and Business at Truro and Penwith College.
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Katie’s Story

Katie’s apprenticeship journey began in 2021 with Paul Morgan Associates Wealth Management Ltd in Truro, and after a string of promotions she is now Client Services Manager.
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frequently asked questions

You can find an Apprenticeship by applying for an Apprenticeship vacancy, approaching an employer directly or by being an existing member of staff and ask your employer if they would support you with an Apprenticeship to boost your skills.

If you’d like help, you can contact the College’s Apprenticeship team and they will support you to find an Apprenticeship and offer advice.

Yes! Apprenticeships are also for existing employees. If your workplace is happy to support you with an Apprenticeship, let the Apprenticeship Team at Truro and Penwith College know and we can support you and your employer to make an informed decision about what type of Apprenticeship would be suitable.

No. There are no tuition or course fees to be an Apprentice. You earn while you learn!

The experience you gain from an Apprenticeship will certainly help you find another job when the time comes. In fact, employers think that qualified Apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications because they have work experience in the industry.

Yes, graduates can become Apprentices if your degree is unrelated to the Apprenticeship.

Yes, of course! Your employer may wish for you to complete other courses alongside your Apprenticeship that are relevant to your role. However, you would not be able to complete a full-time college course, for example, A Levels alongside an Apprenticeship, as it is an alternative to full-time further education. An Apprenticeship is a real job, and you will be working the hours set by your employer.

At the end of your Apprenticeship you will have gained a qualification in your industry. You can add this to your CV to support you to find employment. This may be with the employer you completed your Apprenticeship with or another employer who you would like to work for, depending on the circumstances at the time.

There is no guarantee that your employer will be able to take you on as a permanent member of staff at the end of your Apprenticeship. However, 96% of Cornish Apprentices are in employment after completing their Apprenticeship and 77% are working with their original employer.

apprenticeship resource links

Download resources from our Apprenticeship experts to help you understand how to apply and prepare for the application process.

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