Boost your business
with apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable high-quality employment and careers. The College’s partnerships with employers across Cornwall allows it to continually develop programmes to reflect the constantly evolving needs of the workplace.

boosting business

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

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

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, the College is premiering an original documentary series; Apprenticeship Journeys. The series of shorts follow 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 in their Apprenticeship journey.

Click above to watch our latest film and hear from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who have worked with Apprentices from the College.

Watch the full series of Apprenticeship Journeys here

A cost-effective training option

Apprenticeships can be used to upskill current members of staff with funding support available. This means Apprenticeships can be the most cost-effective option to provide your staff with the skills they need to boost your 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 achievement rates published by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2020 show Truro and Penwith College is in the top 10 of all college providers in the UK.

The College won Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards at ICC Birmingham in March 2020.

The College is the chosen provider of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and care and health providers across Cornwall, boosting nursing numbers with Cornwall’s only degree-level nursing training programmes and Apprenticeships.

Ranked as the top FE and Tertiary College provider of Apprenticeships in Cornwall by 452 Cornish employers who took part in the DfE’s latest employer satisfaction survey in 2019.

Apprentices from Business Administration, Team Leader / Supervisor and Digital Marketing programmes achieved a 100% pass rate in 2020/21, with 86% of learners achieving the very top distinction grade.

The College’s Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training (CSATT) project is the South West’s first dedicated space training centre, developing a suite of world-class training, Apprenticeships and degrees to support the emerging sector that is expected to be worth £1bn to the Cornish economy and create hundreds of jobs.

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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