Can your business afford to ignore Apprenticeships?

Since 2015, Truro and Penwith College has seen Apprentice numbers soar from 327 to 660 and over 1.5 million Apprentices have entered businesses across the UK.

The latest Apprenticeship standards have been designed with employers to focus on the skills needed in the workplace, and the range of programmes is continually growing to include areas such as; Accountancy, Art, Construction, Engineering, Science, Hospitality, Nursing Associate, Motor Vehicle and Digital Marketing to name a few.

If that isn’t enough to interest you, we’ve got five further reasons why your business can’t afford to ignore Apprenticeships:

1. Develop the skilled workforce you need and improve productivity:

Apprenticeships allow employers to develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Over 86% of employers say Apprenticeships develop skills needed in their organisation and nearly 78% say Apprenticeships increase productivity (National Apprenticeship Service*).

2. Grow your workforce and succession plan:

90% of Apprentices stay with their employer after completing (National Apprenticeship Service*), while 54% of Cornish employers have Apprentices they believe will be their leaders and managers of the future (research commissioned by the CIOS Skills Hub**).

3. Your solution for recruitment and to upskill:

Apprentices are suitable for anyone over the age of 16, there is no upper age limit!

Over half of Cornish employers have identified areas of their business that are difficult to recruit for (research commissioned by the CIOS Skills Hub**). Apprenticeships can help you fill skills gaps in your organisation and add capacity. Truro and Penwith College’s employers often add capacity with Business Administration Apprentices or recruit Marketing Apprentices with fresh ideas to run their social media for example.

Apprenticeships are also the perfect solution to train current members of staff for a new role or new levels of responsibility.

4. A diverse range of programme areas:

Truro and Penwith College offers Apprenticeships in over 40 areas to cover a wide range of business functions and sectors, and is adding new programmes all of the time. Visit to find out more.

5. Funding is available and training costs have been halved!

SME’s with a wage bill under £3 million had their Apprenticeship training costs halved from 10% to 5% in April 2019, with the government picking up the bill for the remaining 95% as part of a £695 million scheme. This means, for example, that a Cornish business employing an Engineering Technician Apprentice now saves £1,300 off the cost of the Apprenticeship training.

In addition to this, businesses with 49 or less employees do not pay for training if their Apprentice is aged 16-18 and all businesses receive £1,000 when they employ an Apprentice in the same age bracket.

How to employ an Apprentice

Our team of experienced and supportive Business Development Advisors work with employers across Cornwall. We are on-hand to help you understand Apprenticeship training and to work with you to assess if Apprenticeships can really benefit your business.

We’re always happy to come out and offer help and provide integral advice, contact the team to arrange an appointment:

Phone: 01872 242711


Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Apprenticeship programmes:

Engineering Technician
Maintenance and Operations Technician
Production Engineer
Business Administration
Accounting Technician

Darren Etherington, Production Director at Watson-Marlow, commented: “We have been working with Truro and Penwith College for a number of years and have seen many high quality employees progress through Apprenticeships in Machinist Manufacturing, Mechanical Maintenance and Welding and Fabrication. These programmes have given us the opportunity to produce high quality engineers capable of producing some of the finest technical components in our industry.”

Paul Ainsworth
Paul-Ainsworth with one of his apprentices

Apprenticeship programmes:

Commis Chef
Hospitality Team Member

Paul Ainsworth comments: “I am so thrilled to be working with Truro and Penwith College through their Apprenticeship programs across our businesses. It is so important to me to help the community here in Cornwall and the fact that I can give opportunities to the younger generation is a real honour.

“I also see this as a great opportunity for Cornwall, to ensure they stay on the map as one of the best places for food in the UK for many years to come, by shaping some of the best grass-roots talent. I hope to teach Apprentices about the importance of a great work ethic and I believe that our business will help grow their confidence, creativity and skills. I am confident that the opportunities and teaching that we will give to the Apprentices will set a solid foundation for their future careers.”

Rick Stein Group

Apprenticeship programmes:

Commis Chef
Chef de Partie
Hospitality Team Member
Hospitality Supervisor
Hospitality Manager

Rick Stein said: “There is no substitute for learning whilst working as you quickly develop the skills you need to progress in this fast paced industry. We’re proud to support Apprenticeships and work with those who are passionate about great food and making people smile.”

Daubroy Delahunty, Learning and Development Manager, commented: “With ten years of partnership with Truro and Penwith College, during which over 80 Apprentices have benefited from the experience of working with us, our Academy has been set up to inspire, train and develop hospitality professionals in Cornwall. In addition to learners progressing within the Rick Stein Group we have seen successful Apprentices progress onto running their own restaurants and the businesses taking on their own Apprentices which we are incredibly proud of.”

Cornwall Council


Adult Care Worker
Lead Adult Care Worker
Business Administration
Digital Marketing
Software Developer
Assistant Accountant
Professional Accounting Technician
Operational Fire Fighter
Community Safety Advisor
Team Leader / Supervisor

Debbie Cornelius, Talent and Development Advisor at Cornwall Council, said: “Apprenticeships are a vital part of our workforce and provide great pathways to successful careers. Our Apprentices are supported to gain nationally recognised qualifications, learn relevant skills and gain confidence, while earning a good wage. Ethan is just one of many excellent examples of how we develop our Apprentices in the hope that they’ll stay with us afterward – and it’s working, as around eight out of 10 Apprentices do stay with the Council. 

“We now offer amazing Apprenticeships from Level 2 right up to Level 7 in nearly 50 different subjects, so the opportunities are truly endless! We’ll be releasing our next cohort of vacancies in October for people to start in January 2020 and will be looking for talented and ambitious people of all ages to join us! People thinking about applying should head over to or search for “Cornwall Council Apprenticeships.” 


National Apprenticeship Service: Employer benefits (

CIOS Skills Hub: Apprenticeship Research 2018. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub is part funded by the European Social Fund and is a service of Cornwall Development Company.