Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards set to return in 2021

After an exceptional year, Truro and Penwith College is looking forward to celebrating exceptional achievement and the resurgence or Cornwall’s business community as nominations open for the 2021 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

2019 winners and highly commended nominees at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

2019 winners and highly commended nominees at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

With a year’s hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 will be the sixth annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, in partnership with DL Accounts Ltd. The College is again on the hunt to recognise exceptional Apprentices and Employers at the gala dinner and awards evening on Friday 19 November.

A brand-new, one-off Community Champion category has been added to the event, to recognise Apprentices who have gone the extra mile to support their employer and local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The College has extended the eligibility criteria for the 2021 Awards to ensure it is open to those who missed out in 2020, accepting nominations for any Apprentice or Employer who has been involved in Apprenticeship training since 21 June 2019.

Nominations are now open for all seventeen categories (see 'categories' below) and are being accepted on the College’s website at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/CAA where information on all the categories, eligibility and the awards evening is also available.

The simple nomination process requires one 500-word explanation of why the Apprentice or Employer should win with up to 50 nominees due to be shortlisted when nominations close at 5pm on Monday 02 August.

The 2019 event was hosted by Holly Day and Neil Caddy from Pirate FM with 30-year-old Tim Martin from FireText scooping Cornwall’s Apprentice of the Year Award. Despite joining FireText with little prior experience in Computing and IT, Tim developed an ‘Auto Top-Up’ feature, allowing customers to ‘top-up’ their SMS credit with a stored credit card. This feature was developed, tested and launched to the first customers within just four months of Tim starting his Apprenticeship, and at the time of his nomination had generated in excess of £50,000.

Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2019 and highly commended nominees with College Principal Martin Tucker and Holly Day and Neil Caddy from Pirate FM

Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2019 and highly commended nominees with College Principal Martin Tucker and Holly Day and Neil Caddy from Pirate FM

A public vote will return to help determine Cornwall’s 2021 Achiever of the Year. Cited by judges as “determined, courageous and inspirational” 18-year-old Brandon Penwarden from St Austell Brewery was awarded Achiever of the Year in 2019.

Brandon was diagnosed with cancer on the brain when he was 18-months-old. Surgery meant he had to re-learn to walk and talk, putting him two-years behind those of the same age. This also resulted in Hemiplegia (which is paralysis of one side of the body) and doctors said that Brandon would never walk again. But with hard work, Brandon limited the effects to muscles in his left arm. Working at the Pier House Hotel, Brandon’s nomination highlighted that he was successfully assisting chefs with his preparation work and was so determined to succeed that he had taught himself to fillet fish and debone chicken with one hand; a feat that everyone around him thought would be unachievable!

Achiever of the Year Brandon Penwarden (right) with sponsor Tim Rumbelow from Cornwall Live (left)

Achiever of the Year Brandon Penwarden (right) with sponsor Tim Rumbelow from Cornwall Live (left)

Pendennis Shipyard won Large employer of the Year in 2019 with over 250 Apprentices starting their careers and 95% being employed permanently; some have become managers and project leaders on multi-million-pound boats.

SME Employer of the Year was awarded to Hunter and Walsh for the level of coaching and support learners receive in the salon along with further training that is funded by the organisation. Many Apprentices have gone on to work permanently in the salon while others have enjoyed successful careers throughout the UK and Europe, with one working as a lead educator at a Parisienne colour house!

The 2021 Awards will be held in Truro College’s Fal building on 19 November in partnership with DL Accounts Ltd. Director Siobhan Lawrence commented: “DL Accounts Ltd know from our own experience the value that Apprentices bring to a business. We feel honoured in helping to employ and train the future generation of learners and workers.

“We are delighted to sponsor this year’s Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the exceptional achievement and contribution of both learners and employers involved in Apprenticeship training”.

Stage, set and seating for the Awards evening

Truro College's Fal building will be transformed again for the Awards

Martin Tucker, Principal of Truro and Penwith College said: “The College is very pleased to announce the return of the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards in 2021.  

“Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable, high-quality employment and careers. For Apprenticeships to deliver economically for Cornwall they need to be of the highest quality. The Awards present a perfect opportunity to recognise that quality, celebrate countywide success and the outstanding contributions of learners and their employers, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to Cornwall’s future economic prospects”.

Nominations for the Awards are being accepted online along with more information about the event and nomination process: www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/CAA. Anyone can nominate including employers, friends, family members and colleagues; employers and Apprentices can even nominate themselves. Those wishing to submit a nomination can email nominations@truro-penwith.ac.uk for guidance.

Categories
  1. Large Employer of the Year (>250 employees)
  2. SME Employer of the Year (<250 employees)
  3. Hospitality
  4. Accountancy
  5. Construction and Trade Occupations
  6. Health, Care and Public Services
  7. Digital and IT
  8. Business
  9. Management 
  10. Marketing
  11. Hair and Beauty
  12. Motor Vehicle
  13. Engineering and Manufacturing
  14. Land-based
  15. Community Champion
  16. Achiever of the Year
  17. Cornwall’s Apprentice of the Year 2021