Paul Ainsworth offers Apprenticeship training with Truro and Penwith College

One of the country’s most popular chefs, Paul Ainsworth, will be offering budding hospitality professionals at Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeship opportunities at two of his businesses in Padstow.

Photo of Paul Ainsworth and his team alongisde senior members of staff from Truro and Penwith College

Paul Ainsworth and his team with senior members of staff from Truro and Penwith College

Paul Ainsworth, who won the regional heat of BBC Two’s Great British Menu in 2011 and regularly appears on some of the nation’s favourite TV shows, has launched this new training scheme in partnership with the Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College.

The move will see four Apprentices with a passion for a career in food and drink take-up full-time positions in November 2018 as part of the ‘Paul Ainsworth Truro and Penwith College Academy’.

Paul and his wife Emma Ainsworth are the Padstow-based entrepreneurs behind ‘Padstow Townhouse’, ‘Rojanos in the Square’ and ‘Paul Ainsworth at No 6’, the restaurant where Paul was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in 2013.

The accolades don’t stop at a Michelin star: Paul Ainsworth at No 6 was also awarded its fourth rosette by the AA in 2016 and is currently ranked in the Waitrose Good Food Guide’s Top 50 UK Restaurants. This April, Paul also won GQ’s Best Chef category at the GQ Food and Drink Awards.

Paul and Emma Ainsworth outside their restaurant 'Paul Ainsworth at Number 6' in Padstow

Paul and Emma Ainsworth at 'Paul Ainsworth at Number 6', Padstow

Paul Ainsworth comments: “I am so thrilled to be working with Truro and Penwith College through their Apprenticeship programmes across our two restaurants. 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 the successful applicants 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.”

Martin Tucker, Director of Operations at Truro and Penwith College, comments: “The College is delighted to announce the partnership with Paul Ainsworth and his team in Padstow. The calibre of the employers coming forward to work with us is not only testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and teaching teams but also great news for the Cornish economy, as talented young people now have a range of genuine high quality options to stay local and start their careers as Apprentices.”

The Apprenticeship vacancies are currently live on the College’s website and include Commis Chef and Front of House Family Member roles at either Paul Ainsworth at No 6 or Rojanos in the Square. Applications are open until 20 August and attitude is the key ingredient for success as applicants are not expected to have professional experience in the hospitality industry when applying for these entry level Apprenticeships.

To find out more about Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College and apply for a role, contact the team on 01872 242711, email or visit