Apprenticeships

Discover how far you can go

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to traditional learning. Gain experience in a working role and an industry-recognised qualification, all while earning a real wage. Our Apprenticeship programmes will get you started on your career path.

Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017

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 the resources and support you need to help you succeed, and 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.

Programmes

Working closely with hundreds of companies across Cornwall, we run Apprenticeship programmes in over 40 different subjects covering a range of industries. As well as construction and engineering programmes, we also offer Apprenticeships in other areas such as computing, creative media, and hair and beauty. 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 Apprentice programme usually takes 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 £133, 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.

How to apply

It's easy to apply for an Apprenticeship with us. You can use our search tool to check for Apprenticeship vacancies, or talk to our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team – call 01872 242711 for a chat or drop us an email at apprenticeships@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

When you apply for a vacancy, you will automatically become part of our Talent Bank. This allows us to suggest other vacancies that will be of interest to you, and advertise your availability to other relevant employers. We'll also help you to write your CV, practice interview techniques and generally improve your chances of securing a role.

Winning the Apprentice of the Year definitely proves that an Apprenticeship was the right move for me and I’m now ready to start training for the Chartered ACA qualification – I couldn’t have done it without the support of Truro College.

Kate Cooke, Lang Bennetts, Apprentice of the Year 2015