Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2021

After a year's hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated return of the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards has been confirmed with the sixth annual event set for 19 November 2021.

Nominations OPEN NOW!

After an exceptional year, Truro and Penwith College, in partnership with DL Accounts and with support from sponsors across the Cornish business community, is pleased to open nominations for the 2021 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

The event will celebrate exceptional achievement and the resurgence of Cornwall's business community across seventeen categories.

Award favourites Achiever of the Year and the coveted Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year categories will return alongside twelve dedicated sector categories and a special one-off Community Champion award to recognise apprentices who have made exceptional contributions to their employer and community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employers, large and small will again be recognised for delivering Cornwall's top apprenticeship training programmes, offering learners outstanding opportunities to develop professionally and personally, while making valued contributions to their workplace, sector and the wider Cornish economy.

Nominations are open now and will close at 5pm on Monday 2 August

Nominate an Apprentice

Nominate an Employer

2019 winners and highly commended nominees at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

2019 winners and highly commended nominees at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards


Employer categories

  • Large Employer of the Year (>250 employees)
  • SME Employer of the Year (<250 employees)

Apprentice categories

Apprentice of the Year in:

  • Hospitality
  • Accountancy
  • Construction and Trade Occupations
  • Health, Care and Public Services
  • Digital and IT
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Land-based

Cross-sector awards:

  • Community Champion

A special one-off award for 2021 that will recognise apprentices who have gone above and beyond to support their employer and local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Achiever of the Year

Recognising apprentices who have overcome personal challenge or adversity to successfully complete their apprenticeship training and make valuable contributions to thier employer. Apprentices from the sector categories above will be automatically entered for this award if their nomination shows evidence of such achievement. 

  • Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2021

The top three nominees from all other apprentice categories will be automatically shortlisted for this award. The apprentice that judges score highest across the whole event will scoop the coveted title of Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year 2021.

A construction worker

Who is eligible for nomination?

Anyone can nominate including employers, friends, family members and colleagues; employers and Apprentices can even nominate themselves.

Eligibilty criteria has been extended for the 2021 event so that any employer or apprentice who missed out in 2020 is eligible for nomination.

The Awards are free to enter and open to anyone who has taken part in or provided apprenticeship training since 21 June 2019, regardless of their training provider. The business's head office or main business premises should be based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

If a business is sponsoring a category they will only judge categories where no representatives from their business have been nominated.

Download the event terms and conditions

Awards evening

Truro College's Fal building will be transformed for a blacktie gala dinner and awards evening.

Reception: Guests will be welcomed to the event by College staff with a bar area and live music provided by the College's up and coming musicians

Dinner: Hospitality apprentices from across Cornwall will work with College tutors and head chefs to create a stunning dinner that showcases their talent and skills

Awards: The award presentations will be compered by special guest hosts, who will be joined on stage by our sponsors to present awards and share the inspirational stories of our nominees.

Highlights from the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Our sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors from accross the Cornish business community, without whom the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards would not be possible.

Find out more about our sponsors