Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017 – Our Sponsors


Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards Headline Sponsor and Sponsor of Apprentice Achiever of the Year

As a social enterprise and the leading learner recruitment and marketing platform, GetMyFirstJob work with young people, schools, colleges and providers, as well as employers across the country to help open up opportunities for employment and education.

Pirate FM

Media Partners of the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Playing Real Music Variety and now in its 26th year, Pirate FM is Cornwall's number one local radio station. As part of the station’s commitment to supporting local talent and initiatives, Pirate FM presenters Neil and Holly are proud to host the awards.

The Rick Stein Group

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Customer Services and Retail 

Since opening The Seafood Restaurant in 1975, Rick and Jill Stein have establised an international reputation for fresh fish, simply cooked. From the early days in Padstow, the family run business has now grown both in and outside of Cornwall. It includes restaurants, accomodation, a pub, retail outlets and a cookery school, with more exciting plans on the horizon. 


Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Digital and IT

Natwest is delighted to sponsor the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards. We need to make sure that all employers, big and small, as well as those leaving education and people already in the workforce who want to further their careers, are aware of the opportunities an apprenticeship could open up for them. No longer are apprenticeships restricted to school-leavers or to the sectors you might immediately think of, such as mechanics or electricians.

Cornwall Care

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Health and Social Care and Child Care

Cornwall Care is the largest provider of care in Cornwall. It is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. As well as offering residential, nursing and dementia care in its 16 care homes, Cornwall Care also supports younger adults with mental health issues and helps more than 1,000 people across the county live independently in their own homes.

Watson Marlow

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Engineering & Manufacturing

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group is an international operation based in Falmouth, Cornwall and is the world leader in niche peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and environmental industries.

Cornish Pirates

Apprentice of the Year - Management & Marketing

The Cornish Pirates are the only professional sports team in Cornwall playing our rugby in the second tier of English rugby, competing in the IPA Greene King RFU Championship playing teams across the UK and Ireland.

Eden Project

Apprentice of the Year - Hospitality

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.


Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Business

CORMAC Solutions Ltd is one of the most highly regarded, trusted and well-known companies in the South West. CORMAC provides highway and environmental design and maintenance services, construction of major highway schemes, and facilities management services including property maintenance, cleaning and caretaking services. CORMAC also provides fleet management and maintenance, quarried stone and aggregates and laboratory services. The Community Service division is our newest area delivering Short Term Enablement and Planning.

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Apprentice of the Year- Accountancy

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation that inspires, connects and supports businesses in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Membership of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce unlocks a network of resources for businesses on a local, national and international scale. Our wide range of events enable individuals to hear from great speakers, make new contacts and build relationships to help take their business to the next level. Publicity via social media, the ability to send a message out to over 500 businesses at the touch of a button, a business connections service and a devoted team at the end of the phone mean that being a member of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce really does make doing business easier in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Headland Hotel

Apprentice of the Year - Hair and Beauty

Stylish, elegant and unique, The Headland is a luxury four silver star hotel with private five star cottages set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral Bay. It offers the perfect blend of discreet English ambience and decadent four-star hospitality. Individually-designed luxury hotel rooms and suites with ocean views; rosette-worthy dining from Executive Chef Christopher Archambault, and indulgent pampering and wellness at The Headland Spa – Cornwall’s first ‘5 bubble rated’ spa. All brought together by an award-winning team dedicated to ensuring a comfortable stay.

West Briton

Apprentice Employer of the Year (SME)

The West Briton is the leading news, sport, entertainment and information newspaper for mid-Cornwall.

The online home of the West Briton is Cornwall Live, bringing you everything you need to know about our wonderful county live and as it happens. Our team of reporters and photographers have been bringing you news from Bude to Penzance for the last 200 years. Cornwall Live is edited by Jacqui Merrington.

St Austell Brewery

Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large)

St Austell Brewery is a leading pub company, brewer & drinks wholesaler based in the South West of England with award winning beers including Tribute, Proper Job and Korev, a thriving 177-strong pub estate stretching from the Scillies to Bristol and a fast-growing wholesale drinks and wine business.  
With nearly 50 apprentices already on the books and plans well underway to introduce apprentices into all its managed houses, St Austell Brewery is one of the Westcountry’s largest employers and is fast becoming one of the leading lights in terms of offering solid, career-starting opportunities to young people across the region.

Employing over 1,500 people in our managed Pubs, Hotels and Inns as well as in Head Office roles, Brewing, Sales and Distribution, we are committed to being the South West’s Employer of Choice in the drinks and hospitality sector, offering an ideal platform for youngsters or those returning to work to start an exciting new career in the hospitality industry.

Corbey Construction

Apprentice of the Year - Construction

Corbey Construction are Bricklaying Contractors that supply labour for new-build housing and commercial projects in Mid and West Cornwall, where quality and gratification come as standard practice. 

Steve Andrews Tyres

Apprentice of the Year - Motor Vehicle

Steve Andrews Tyres & Autocare Group has celebrated over 33 years of providing personal auto care services within Cornwall and credit their growing success to their talented, diverse and dedicated team.


Trophy Sponsor

As an awarding organisation, VTCT develops qualifications to meet the requirements of the service sector, specialising in hair, beauty, hospitality and sports. To support other employment opportunities, customer service, retail and business qualifications are also offered. 

VTCT is an Apprentice Awarding Organisation for the new Professional Standards for Hairdressing and Barbering Apprenticeships and is preparing for the introduction of the Professional Standards for Beauty in the autumn. 

Digital Assess, our edtech arm, develops tailored and interactive e-resources to support learners in their training and apprenticeship activities, across all sectors.

Collaboration and partnership between awarding organisations, training providers, employers and the learner, is essential in driving forward skills, employability and future economic growth.