Apprenticeships offer an alternative to traditional learning. Gain experience in a working role as well as an industry-recognised qualification, all while earning a real wage. Our Apprenticeship programmes will get you started on your career path.
Another way of learning
Apprenticeships are one of the oldest and most effective ways of learning. Unlike traditional classroom education, Apprenticeships allow for a hands-on approach. You have all the benefits of a college course, including resources and support to help you succeed, as well as all the benefits of employment: a wage and a working role. This makes it a great option for those looking to make the transition from education to a professional career.
Working closely with hundreds of companies across Cornwall, we run Apprenticeship programmes in over 40 different subjects covering a range of industries, such as: construction, hair and beauty, marketing, engineering and accounting. We offer Apprenticeships in all kinds of areas such as Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Accounting and Hospitality. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert, our courses range from entry to degree level meaning there's something to suit you whatever your ability.
Once you have selected your preferred programme area, you need to be employed as an Apprentice to start your Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship jobs are advertised here and the College's Apprenticeship Recruitment Team will support you through the application and interview process. If we are not advertising a vacancy that is right for you, call us on 01872 242711; we can keep you updated with the latest vacancies in your area and may be able to create a vacancy with one of our employers. If you are already employed it is possible to start an Apprenticeship with your current employer; contact us for details.
Life as an Apprentice
As an Apprentice most of your learning will happen in the workplace, supplemented with taught sessions, assessments and online self-study. One-to-one support, tuition and advice are available from us whenever you want them. In some cases, we’ll run induction sessions for you to get to grips with the basics before you begin your programme. An Apprenticeship programme takes a minimum of a year to complete, after which you’ll receive a qualification, and some employers even go on to hire their Apprentices in permanent positions. The minimum weekly wage for a full-time Apprentice (38 hours per week) is £148.20, while the average wage is £216.60.
Who can become an Apprentice?
Unlike many academic courses there are no entry requirements for Apprenticeships – all you need is interest and enthusiasm. Anyone over 16 can become an Apprentice making it a great choice for young adults coming straight out of school or those looking to retrain, learn a new trade or earn a qualification in their professional field.
To start your Apprenticeship search, complete our contact form to register your interest and the Apprenticeship team will support you with your application.
There are three ways to find an Apprenticeship:
- Apply for as many relevant Apprenticeship vacancies on Get My First Job.
- Approach employers directly with your CV. If an employer is interested in hiring you as their apprentice, let us know! The College will check if the employer and the role is suitable for an Apprenticeship.
- Approach your current employer. If you already work at weekends or over the summer in the industry you would like to become an apprentice in, consider asking your employer if they would be willing to support an Apprenticeship. Let us know and the College will meet with you and your employer to discuss the programme and answer any questions.
An Apprenticeship has really pushed me to achieve things that I initially thought it couldn’t. It enables you to communicate with clients and in the industry you’re constantly meeting new people.