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Pirate FM believes Cornwall is the best place in the world to live and work. We’re committed to employing and training local people, and know from our own experience the value that apprentices bring. Pirate FM is proud to support this year's Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards; Holly Day and Neil Caddy can't wait to host the evening on 19 November and meet all of the fantastic nominees! (Oh – and if you’d like to listen to Neil & Lucy at Breakfast and Johnny and Holly at Drivetime, they’d really appreciate that too).

Mark Peters, MD, Pirate FM: “Pirate FM are proud to support the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards. It’s really important to us, as a local company, to make sure we are training and educating for the future success of Cornwall as a whole.”


Media Partners

Cornwall Live is the leading news, sport, entertainment and information website for Cornwall, bringing you everything you need to know about our wonderful county live and as it happens. We are the online home of the West Briton, Cornish Guardian and Cornishman newspapers and our team of reporters and photographers have been bringing you news from Bude to Penzance for the last 200 years.

Cornwalllive.com was launched in November 2016 with the aim of telling you the stories that matter most to you from across Cornwall and beyond. We base our journalism on the following principles: We really love Cornwall, we care about the places we live and the people who live there, we cover the things people are talking about, we campaign on the issues that matter to Cornwall, we bring you the news first, we are committed to accuracy - and to saying sorry when we get it wrong, we listen, respond to and engage with our readers

Award Partner and Achiever of the Year Category Sponsor

DL Accounts Ltd is a family run accountancy practice based in Cornwall. This year we are proud to have been short-listed as finalists in two Xero awards demonstrating our exceptional and innovative effort of leading the way in Cornwall in becoming a fully digital, paper-free practice.

Siobhan Lawrence, Director: "DL Accounts Ltd know from our own experience the value that apprentices bring to a business. We feel honoured in helping to employ and train the future generation of learners and workers. We are delighted to sponsor this year’s Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the exceptional achievement and contribution of both learners and employers involved in Apprenticeship training".


Trophy Sponsor

Based in St Agnes, Cornwall, Corbey Construction is an award winning Masonry Contractor, with a proud record of training and employing Cornish workers. Working alongside national and local construction companies we take great pride in helping to deliver the new homes required for our Cornish communities of tomorrow.

Giles Corbey, Managing Director: "I am the Managing Director of my own company now, but 34 years ago I started out as an Apprentice Bricklayer. All the things I learnt during my Apprenticeship helped to lay the foundations to enable me to get where I am today. Because of my journey, its great to be able to reward all the hard work of todays Apprentices as they set out on their own exciting futures".


Category sponsor: Large Employer of the Year

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.

James Collings, Partner: "We’re delighted to once again sponsor the Large Employer category. There is a wealth of untapped talent just waiting to be uncovered in Cornwall, and apprenticeships are a key tool in converting that potential into more skilled, rewarding, and well-paid work. Never has this been more true than as we look to build back stronger in a post-COVID landscape off the back of a pandemic which has had such a profound effect on those looking to move from education into the world of employment. The Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards recognise the businesses in the region who are leading the charge in this regard, but also showcase and celebrate the wonderful achievements of the apprentices themselves, and we are proud to play a part in acknowledging and celebrating such success".


Category sponsor: SME Employer of the Year

Cornwall Apprenticeships website and campaign is about promoting the benefits and features of Apprenticeships to local employers and individuals. Helping employers to navigate Apprenticeships by providing impartial information, advice and support to increase Apprenticeships in the County and boost workforce skills. A partnership between the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Skills Hub and Cornwall Council, it is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

Cathie Kessell, Apprenticeship & Employment Lead: "Cornwall Apprenticeships is proud to be sponsoring the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2021 – celebrating the employers who #SkillUpCornwall by using Apprenticeships in their businesses. Cornwall Apprenticeships, in conjunction with the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Skills Hub, provides free and impartial apprenticeship information, support and advice to all SMEs in Cornwall. Helping more employers to realise the benefits of Apprenticeships and we are therefore delighted to be able to sponsor the SME category".


Category sponsor: Hospitality Apprentice of the Year

St Austell Brewery has been brewing beer in Cornwall since 1851. Fast forward 168 years and while traditional brewing techniques remain, innovation, passion and craftsmanship continue to evolve. Most famous for its flagship beer, Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, St Austell Brewery’s range of award-winning beers – also including Proper Job IPA and Korev Lager - are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.  A gem at the heart of the Cornish community, and an employer of over 1,500 people, the company also has an estate of 179 pubs and hotels across the South West. In 2016 St Austell Brewery joined forces with fellow west country brewer, Bath Ales, forming the St Austell Family Group. Bath Ales’ state-of-the-art new brewhouse, Hare Brewery, opened its doors in 2018.

Tamsyn Hawkins, St Austell Brewery People Director: “At St Austell Brewery we believe that apprenticeships offer people of all ages a great opportunity to develop relevant industry skills and experience while earning a wage. Apprenticeships are at the centre of how we develop our people and we find that the range of apprenticeships on offer today can help develop our teams at all levels within the organisation. We are always proud to sponsor this event as it showcases and celebrates dedicated apprentices from a variety of industries and helps promote the great opportunities available for those who want to develop their careers through an apprenticeship programme".


Category sponsor: Construction and Trade Occupations Apprentice of the Year

A&P WIlliams Ltd

We are a rendering, plastering and drylining contractor within the southwest, we pride ourselves on using the latest techniques and products to stay ahead.

Paul Williams, Director: "Over the years we have employed approximately 10 apprentices with great success, so we thought this year it would be a good idea to get involved".


Category sponsor: Health, Care and Public Services Apprentice of the Year

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, RCHT is continually developing its clinical services and is committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation. The Knowledge Spa has further enhanced a strong reputation for training and education. This plays a vital part in attracting and retaining the Trust’s highly skilled teams of health professionals who care for well over half a million people each year.

Kim O'Keeffe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer RCHT and Dual Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals RCHT / CFT: "We are sponsoring the award for Health, Care and Public Services as we absolutely recognise the passion and commitment of the people of Cornwall to care for and support each other. COVID-19 highlighted this so clearly and we are very pleased that the work of our health and social care colleagues, and those more widely in public sector services have been recognised, celebrated and valued.

"Going forward, as a health care provider we want to secure high quality health and care for ALL and recognise the pivotal role apprenticeships play in preparing local people to deliver this through a career in health and care. Our apprentices help shape our services and bring new and fresh skills, insights and knowledge to our teams. We are truly excited by this and want to take this opportunity to highlight the diversity of skills that a career in health and care brings to both the individual and to our local population. Cause to recognise and celebrate indeed".


Category sponsor: Digital and IT Apprentice of the Year

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

Sarah Roby, Director of Estates: “We strongly encourage apprenticeships for our employees at all levels in our organisation as part of a varied training offering. By supporting these awards we intend to highlight how important apprenticeships are to both our existing employees as well as new employees. We chose this category due to the importance of the development of Digital and IT skills within every modern workplace and because we have many people getting tremendous career development from their apprenticeships. We are also committed to our role in local economic development through the support of apprenticeships in Cornwall. We therefore feel it is particularly relevant to support this category”.


Category sponsor: Business Apprentice of the Year

Inn Cornwall operates the Victoria Inn in Threemilestone, The Victoria Inn at Roche, The Norway Inn and launched Pub Grub Delivery during 2020. They provide a quality product at great prices that people love.

Mark Holden, Company Director: "Winning the SME Employer Apprenticeship Award was one of our companies proudest moments and we will continue to champion the importance of apprenticeships in Cornwall. We also like to sponsor this event as a thank you for the continued amazing support the Truro & Penwith College business team provide our team!"


Category Sponsor: Management Apprentice of the Year

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.

Bethany Allen, Skills Hub Project Manager: "We are proud to be sponsoring the Management category once again in 2021. There has never been a better time to think about taking on an apprentice. Recruiting and training an apprentice allows you to promote the specific skills required by your business, therefore you’re not only investing in the future of your people, you’re investing in your business as a whole".


Category Sponsor: Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year

Having been awarding regulated qualifications since 1962, VTCT has established itself as a market-leading Awarding & Assessment Organisations 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.

Alan Woods OBE, Chief Executive: “VTCT is proud to sponsor the Cornwall Apprenticeships Awards. Collaboration and partnership between awarding organisations, training providers, employers and the apprentice, is essential in driving forward skills, employability and future economic growth. The Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards is a powerful testimony to the impact such collaboration can achieve. Congratulations to all the winners”.


Category Sponsor: Engineering and Manufacturing

Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training (CSATT) is the first dedicated space training centre in the South West. We’re creating training opportunities for people in Cornwall to empower you to work in the growing space sector. CSATT is based in the Valency engineering building at Truro and Penwith College.

Heidi Thiemann, Space Project Manager: "The apprentices in Cornwall today are the leaders of the future. At CSATT, we’re proud to be developing and supporting new apprenticeships for the space sector, and we believe that it’s important to celebrate the hard work of all the apprentices nominated for the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards".


Hosts and Cornwall's Apprentice of the Year Category Sponsor

Truro and Penwith College established the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards in 2015 to recognise excellence and the significant impact Apprenticeship training delivers to Cornwall's economy, it's business community and the oustanding opportunities for quality careers.

Martin Tucker, Principal: “Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable, high-quality employment and careers. For Apprenticeships to deliver economically for Cornwall they need to be of the highest quality. The Awards present a perfect opportunity to recognise that quality, celebrate countywide success and the outstanding contributions of learners and their employers, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to Cornwall’s future economic prospects.

Category Sponsor: Land-based and Community Champion

Combined Tree Services - Tree Surgeons Ltd

CTS is a family run business in the heart of Cornwall, we are proud of our staff, their hard work which helps us achieve accreditations and industry recognition enabling us to offer our clients the following services across Cornwall and the UK: Arboriculture, access including scaffolding and haulage.

Lisa Samworth, Director: "As a company CTS recognises the skills that are being lost and we believe through the recognition of apprentices, their hard work and determination that once again with the support of local employers and trades, the skills being lost will be brought forward into the 21st century".