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Awards 2024

After a fantastic evening of celebrations in November 2022, the date for the eighth annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards has been set for Friday 09 February 2024, to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week. Having outgrown its traditional venue at Truro College, Truro and Penwith College's Awards evening will establish new roots at The Eden Project in 2024. Nominations are now open!

An evening of exceptional achievement

Truro and Penwith College, in partnership with Hertzian, Pirate FM, Business Cornwall and sponsors from across the Cornish business community, is pleased to open nominations for the 2024 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

The high-profile awards evening will again celebrate exceptional achievement across 17 categories at the gala awards dinner presented by Holly Day and Neil Caddy from Pirate FM on Friday 09 February.

For the first time, the 2024 Awards will see the very best colleagues, training advisors and lecturers recognised for exceptional levels of support to ensure apprentices enjoy a quality start to their career in the new Mentor of the Year category.

Award favourites Achiever of the Year and the coveted Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year will return alongside 12 dedicated sector categories for apprentices, with the event focusing on the positive impact apprenticeships are having on future skills as they equip learners and workplaces with the tools to succeed, move with future economic developments and boost businesses across the county and beyond.

Employers, large and small will again be recognised for delivering Cornwall's top apprenticeship training programmes, offering learners outstanding opportunities to develop professionally and personally, while making valued contributions to their workplace, sector and the wider Cornish economy.

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A shot of the glass trophies and gold envelopes at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Nominations are now open!

Anyone can nominate including employers, friends, family members and colleagues. Apprentices can even nominate themselves and it's completely free to enter.


The 2024 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards will see Apprentices and Employers awarded across seventeen categories.

  • Large Employer of the Year (>250 employees)
  • SME Employer of the Year (<250 employees)

Apprentice of the Year in:

  • Hospitality
  • Accountancy
  • Construction & Trade Occupations
  • Health, Care and Public Services
  • Digital & IT
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Land-based
  • Mentor of the Year

Awarded to the very best colleagues, training advisors and lecturers who go above and beyond to support apprentices and ensure they experience a quality start to their career.

  • Achiever of the Year

Recognising apprentices who have overcome personal challenges or adversity to successfully complete their apprenticeship training and make valuable contributions to their employer. Apprentices from the sector categories above will be automatically entered for this award if their nomination shows evidence of such achievement. 

  • Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2024

The top-three nominees from all apprentice categories will be automatically shortlisted for this award. The apprentice that judges score highest across the whole event will scoop the coveted title of Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2024.

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Who is eligible for nomination?

Nominations are accepted from anyone including employers, friends, family members and colleagues. Employers and apprentices can even nominate themselves.

The free to enter process is open to anyone who has taken part in or provided Apprenticeship training since 21 June 2022, regardless of their training provider. The business's head office or main business premises should be based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

If a business is sponsoring a category they will only judge categories where no representatives from their business have been nominated.

The Awards evening

The eighth annual Awards will take place in the Gallery room at The Eden Project.

Reception:  Guests will be welcomed by members of staff from the College and Eden Project and receive a welcome drink on arrival before the doors open for the main event.

Dinner: Apprentices from across Eden Project kitchens and restaurants will come together to design, prepare and serve a stunning dinner that will demonstrate the quality and impact apprenticeships are having on the Cornish hospitality sector.

Awards: The Awards will be presented by special guests Holly Day and Neil Caddy from Pirate FM, who will be joined on stage by our sponsors to present awards and share the inspirational stories of our nominees.

Shot from above the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Click above to watch our short film showcasing highlights from a previous awards evening.

Our sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors from across the Cornish business community, without whom the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards would not be possible.

A collage of all the sponsors logos of the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

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