Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2019 – Our Sponsors

Pirate FM

Media Partners of the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Pirate FM believes Cornwall is the best place in the world to live – and to work. We’re committed to employing and training local people – and know from our own experience the value that apprentices bring. (Oh – and if you’d like to listen to the Neil and Lucy at Breakfast Show, we’d really appreciate that too.)

Federation of Small Businesses

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Customer Services and Retail

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. A non-profit making, member-led and non-party political organisation, our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.


Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Business

RRL is a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers based in Cornwall, advising clients large and small across the county. Our team works hand-in-hand with businesses, going beyond everyday needs, with outstanding expertise and service. We take time to understand your business, to continuously add value in today’s ever-changing economic environment.

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Engineering & Manufacturing

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is an international operation with its pumps and tubing factory based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Founded on more than 60 years of supplying engineering and process expertise, WMFTG offers an unrivalled range of pumps for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, industrial and environmental industries worldwide.

St Austell Brewery

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Hospitality

St Austell Brewery is a family-owned, independent brewer, pub company and leading wholesale retailer to free trade customers across the South West. We are proud of our Cornish roots stretching back over 165 years and committed to nurturing young local talent and providing real career starting opportunities across our business.

St Austell Printing Company

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year- Accountancy

St Austell Printing Company is an award winning, family-run printing company. Based in our purpose-built sustainable factory on the outskirts of St Austell, we offer a full range of printing services as well as an in-house mailing and fulfilment department. With an ongoing commitment to promoting the Cornish economy, we are undertaking a continued investment in equipment and offering skilled opportunities to local people – helping Cornwall to stay at the forefront of print manufacturing.


Apprentice of the Year - Construction and Trade Occupations

Tregothnan was formed in 1334 and has since been home to the Boscawen family and the seat of the Viscount Falmouth. Tregothnan has the largest, private botanic garden in the UK and are pioneers of foreign farming in Britain, experimenting with the tea genus in its unique subtropical microclimate. In 2005 Tregothnan sold the first-ever tea grown in the UK.

Steve Andrews Tyres & Autocare

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Motor Vehicle

Steve Andrews Tyres & Autocare is a family business established in 1984. We provide personal auto care services within Cornwall and credit our growing success to our talented, diverse and dedicated team.

Falmouth Exeter Plus

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Management and Marketing

Falmouth Exeter Plus manages and delivers services at Falmouth, Penryn and Truro campuses on behalf of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter. Working with the Students' Union and the universities partnership we support Higher Education learning and living, ensuring the interests of campus users are at the heart of everything.

Bluefruit Software

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Digital and IT

Bluefruit Software are embedded software specialists working with innovative clients in quality-critical spaces. We believe excellent embedded software is achieved through an investment in people, processes, and a dedication to quality. Working closely with our clients, we use our embedded expertise to bring their products to life.


Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Hair and Beauty

Having been awarding regulated qualifications since 1962, VTCT has established itself as a market-leading Awarding & Assessment Organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of creative services sectors.

Along our journey, we’ve refined and enhanced the support and resources we provide to employers, centres and apprentices, who trust us year after year for their Apprenticeship and End-point Assessment provision.

Eden Project

Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Land-based

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects people with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Our visitor destination, near St Austell, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.


Sponsor of Apprentice of the Year - Health, Social Care and Childcare

Foot Anstey LLP

Sponsor of Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large)

Top 100 UK law firm Foot Anstey enjoys a reputation as an energetic, proactive firm, combining technical efficiency with a problem solving approach. This is supported by our top band rankings in independent legal directories, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. We operate out of seven locations across the South West, South Coast and London and have over 500 staff.

Skills Hub

Apprentice Employer of the Year (SME)

Staff development has the power to boost efficiency, improve engagement and help your people shine. The Skills Hub can help you nurture the talent of your team and make your business thrive. Working with you on a one-to-one basis, we'll get beneath the skin of your business to uncover the skills you need and introduce you to training to get results, help your business work smarter and grow. Contact us today on 01209 708660 to book your free skills review.

LEP / Beacon Project

Sponsor of Beacon Award for Inclusive Apprenticeship Recruitment

CIoS LEP Beacon Project is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to work with businesses to co-create solutions that will support them to recruit a diverse workforce, ensuring businesses get the right support at a local level, to build confidence, making it easier to recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions.

Truro and Penwith College ESF Projects

Trophy Sponsor

Truro and Penwith College is currently delivering a range of projects to support skills and career development, create employment opportunities and accelerate business growth. These projects are part-funded through the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.

Sponsor of Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year and Hosts

Truro and Penwith College

The College’s Apprenticeship provision is rapidly expanding to provide learners with the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience and qualifications up to degree level in their chosen field.

Quality of experience and of outcomes continues to be our focus and the recent publication of national data demonstrates that Apprenticeship achievement at the College is not only well above the average of all providers in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, but also 9% above the average of all providers in the UK.