The Service is the third in the UK to adopt a new Firefighting Apprenticeship, and is working in partnership with Truro and Penwith College to deliver the training. Applications for six Firefighting Apprentices were accepted between 24th April and 8th May and Cornwall Fire and Rescue experienced an overwhelming response. Kathryn Billing, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Group Manager (Human Resources and Training) said: “Apprentices will invigorate our crews and the new roles have already generated a lot of excitement within the Service.
“We chose to work with Truro and Penwith College as the feedback we have received from Apprentices that have trained in other areas has been exceptional, we haven’t heard a bad report about the College. The College has been very supportive in getting the new Apprenticeship ready to deliver, and has worked to developed our understanding of delivering effective Apprenticeship training.”
Employers from all sectors are currently working with the College to identify current employees and external applicants for Apprenticeship training. Tregothnan Estate is an example of an organisation where Apprenticeships play a big part in its training and development programme. Throughout April, Tregothnan has been recruiting Apprentices in four different areas of the business and is taking advantage of new Apprenticeships in Accountancy, Engineering and Heritage and Conservation.
The new Apprenticeship courses were introduced earlier this month and are part of the Governments ongoing Apprenticeship Reforms. The courses have been developed in partnership with employers to ensure learners are assessed against the skills needed to be competent in a given occupation. In many sectors multiple Apprenticeships are now available and each focus on a specific job role or career path within the sector.
Tregothnan has benefited from the support of the College’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Team who supported an Open Day that applicants were required to attend as part of the Estate’s selection process in April. Claire Scholes, Management Accountant at Tregothnan Estate; commented; “we have had another fantastic group of young people apply for the accountancy role and it has been a pleasure to speak to them each individually.”
In addition to the new Apprenticeships, the Government also introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in April. The vast majority of Cornish Businesses are not required to pay into the Levy due to the stipulation that employers must have an annual wage bill in excess of £3m before they are required to do so. However the new funding system has brought about more support for smaller businesses. All employers who employ Apprentices aged 16-18 now receive £1000 towards training costs, and those with 49 or less employees who employ an Apprentice in that age bracket are not required pay for training at all.
To explore how your business can take advantage of the new opportunities, contact the College’s Apprenticeship team on 01872 242711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively download the new Apprenticeship brochure.