Boost your business
with apprenticeships

Truro and Penwith College is Cornwall's only 'Expert Apprenticeship Provider' and one of only five FE Colleges in the UK to have been awarded this status by the Department for Education (DfE)

The College is also Cornwall and Devon's top College for apprenticeship achievement.

boosting business

Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to develop current members of staff or recruit new talent in over 30 exciting job roles. Programmes are suitable for anyone over the age of 16 with no upper age limit.

Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall's Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable high-quality employment and careers. Partnerships with top employers allow us to continually develop programmes to reflect the constantly evolving needs of the workplace.

Hear from a selection of Cornwall's top employers as they describe how Truro and Penwith College apprenticeships are boosting their business and hear more from our employers on YouTube.


Click above to watch our film about boosting business with Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College.

Apprenticeship Journeys

Catch up on the latest episodes of our original documentary series; Apprenticeship Journeys. The series of shorts follows the journeys of both orgainisations and successful professionals, focusing on the positive impact apprenticeships have had economically and on life chances in Cornwall.

Watch all of the latest episodes through the link below and discover helpful support and advice from our learners and employers on their apprenticeship journey.


Click above to watch our latest film and hear from The Lost Gardens of Heligan who run a successful Truro and Penwith College apprenticeship programme.

Watch the full series of Apprenticeship Journeys here

A cost-effective training option

Apprenticeships can be used to upskill current members of staff with eligible employers receiving Government funding for up to 100% of training costs. This makes apprenticeships one of the most cost-effective options for employers to provide staff with the skills they need to boost business and their careers.

Apprenticeships are also a fantastic way to recruit and nurture talent to tackle skills shortages, overcome capacity challenges and ensure new opportunities or revenue streams can continue alongside normal operations.

Hairdressing apprentice at work in the salon

Working with a quality provider

The latest national Apprenticeship Achievement Rate data, released by the Department for Education (DfE), has placed Truro and Penwith College as the top college provider of apprenticeships in Cornwall and Devon.

Read more on our news pages.

The Department for Education (DfE) has selected Truro and Penwith College as Cornwall’s only Expert Apprenticeship Provider.

The College is one of only five FE Colleges across the UK to have been awarded this status in its nation-wide list of qualification providers.

Read the full story on our news pages.

Partnerships with Cornwall's top employers and our Expert Apprenticeship Provider status, awarded by the DfE, allows us to work even closer with employers and external agencies to adapt and design cutting-edge apprenticeships to meet Cornwall's current and future needs in line with the Local Skills Improvement Plan.

The College's apprenticeships are backed by multi-million-pound infrastructure developments, placing its facilities amongst the best the UK has to offer.

From the state-of-the-art South West Institute of Technology building and the STEM & Health Skills Centre, both equipped with some of the best Engineering and Digital facilities the UK has to offer, to future focused Electric Vehicle Labs, Nursing Simulation Suites, industry-standard Hair & Beauty Salons, Commercial Kitchens, significant investment in Renewable Construction and beautiful Business training facilities, employers can be confident their apprentices will receive top-quality training in first-class facilities and learning environments.

frequently asked questions

An Apprentice is a full-time employee within your business and is entitled to the same staff benefits of all other employees.

The length of the contract of employment will need to match the length of the Apprenticeship programme. The length of each programme can be found on our Apprenticeship Training Programmes.

Providing you conform to the National Minimum Wage, you are free to set the rate of pay for your Apprentices.

It is very important to pay an appropriate wage for the job you expect the Apprentice to perform and a rate that is competitive amongst employers recruiting Apprentices in your sector. See who is recruiting on our Apprenticeship Jobs page.

Apprentices need to work a total of 30 hours a week to complete their Apprenticeship (this includes the time they spend at College). When your Apprentice attends College can vary by programme, but they will typically spend 20% of their time in the classroom. For some programmes this is one day every two weeks and for others there can be a block of training to help them acquire the basic skills before entering the workplace.

Contact us to discuss the specifics of the training for Apprentices in your sector.

Many of our Apprenticeship programmes are available at both Truro and Penwith College, in which case the Apprentice will train at the most convenient location.

Contact us to discuss the specifics of the Apprenticeship programme you are considering.

Visit our course search to see all our Apprenticeship Programmes.

You can see all of the current vacancies in your sector by visiting our Apprenticeship Jobs page.

The College's Apprenticeship team is here to support employers every step of the way. Whether you'd like to move a current employee onto an Apprenticeship programme for professional development or recruit new members of staff for an Apprenticeship role, we support every stage of the process, from job descriptions, advertising the vacancy, interviews and inductions.

Contact us for help and advice; or 01872 305500.

Our Apprenticeship team is available Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 5:00pm (4:30pm on Fridays) offering general advice and support to help you find the perfect Apprenticeship programme for your business.

Call: 01872 305500


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