Apprenticeships play a key part in Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to provide a skilled workforce and sustainable high-quality employment and careers. The College offers Apprenticeship programmes in over 40 areas with a provision that continues to develop as we work with Cornish employers to ensure our programmes deliver the skills needed in the workplace.
Apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 16 and can be used to upskill current employees, fill skills gaps with new recruits or succession planning.
Hear how Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeships are boosting businesses
Recovering from Covid-19 and navigating Brexit
Apprenticeships can be used to upskill current members of staff with the Government funding 95% of the training costs for SMEs and large employers funding through their Apprenticeship Levy. This means Apprenticeships can be the most cost-effective option to provide your staff with the skills they need for challenges throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit transition. Apprenticeships are also a fantastic way to recruit and nurture talent to tackle skills shortages, overcome capacity challenges and ensure new opportunities or revenue streams introduced during the pandemic can continue alongside normal operations. The 2021 budget announced an increase in incentives with employers now receiving £3,000 for recruiting a new Apprentice regardless of their age.
Employers are using Apprenticeships to:
- Recruit Marketing Apprentices to maintain spikes in online sales during the pandemic and support the wider marketing function.
- Train managers with a Team Leader or Supervisor Apprenticeship to help them tackle new and emerging workplace challenges.
- Recruit Administration Apprentices to provide the capacity needed for day-to-day functions and processes and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of them.
- Recruit and train staff with Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships; crucial as sites and facilities return to full capacity and need to ramp up their output while being faced with labour market challenges.
Working with a quality apprenticeship provider
Cornwall’s top college for employer satisfaction
Ranked as the top FE and Tertiary College provider of Apprenticeships in Cornwall by 452 Cornish employers who took part in the DfE’s latest employer satisfaction survey in 2019.
Top for Apprenticeship Achievement
The latest national achievement rates published by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2020 show Truro and Penwith College is in the top 10 of all college providers in the UK.
Building for the future
Through continued investment in infrastructure, qualifications and the future of Cornwall’s skilled workforce, the College is at the heart of transforming Cornwall’s vision of a sustainable, future-focused workforce into a reality. Partnership working is central to success. The College works closely and collaboratively with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall’s key industry and sector leads to ensure the shared vision is delivered.
As Cornwall stands on the brink of such an exciting 21st Century period in its transformation, the College is perfectly positioned to support Cornwall, key sectors and its workforce to flourish.
Current and recent projects include; a £7 million centre for Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing, a £6.3 million STEM & Health Skills Centre, a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Suite and Apprenticeship development to support Cornwall's £1 billion space sector.
Covering a wide range of sectors our training programmes are available at the following levels:
Level 2: Entry level qualification, equivalent to five GCSEs at grades 4 – 9
Level 3: Also entry level (some relevant experience required), equivalent to two A Level passes
Level 4: Equivalent to Cert HE and HNC
Level 5: A Foundation Degree level qualification that is equivalent to an FdA or FdSC
Level 6: A Degree level qualification that is equivalent to a BA or BSc
Level 7: Equivalent to a Masters Degree*
*Programmes at this level are not currently available but are in development at Truro and Penwith College
Employing an Apprentice
Learn more about what is involved when employing an Apprentice, such as the minimum wage, the Apprenticeship levy and the funding available.
An Apprenticeship can also be used to train current members of staff and can be stand-alone or part of a bespoke training package, with other complementary training.