Apprenticeships

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Madeline Murphy, Marketing Apprentice at Tregothnan Estate

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

Valency building. Cornwall’s only partner in the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

The new Valency building. The College is Cornwall’s only partner in the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

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.

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Training programmes

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

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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.

From the course

Dawn George, Eden Project

“Eden has chosen to partner with Truro and Penwith College for many years now and on a variety of programmes. The support from the Business Team is second to none and we know from learner and Apprentice feedback they have a superior learning experience, with great results. “This has been at multiple levels from Apprentice to Senior Management and feedback is always excellent. I think it says a lot that many of our Apprentices who have studied at the College have gone on to be employed on a permanent basis with Eden and progressed in their careers.”

Elliott Rothon, WISKA

“The level of support the College has offered our Marketing Apprentice Chloe and our business has been excellent. “The Apprenticeship has helped support the skills Chloe has learnt in the workplace as well as giving her a greater understanding of marketing theories and practices. “Chloe has had a significant impact on the business; one stand-out piece of work has been a marketing campaign she developed and managed that resulted in significant increases in product value and units sold.”

Nikki Pryke, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

“The level of support the College has offered our Marketing Apprentice Chloe and our business has been excellent. “The Apprenticeship has helped support the skills Chloe has learnt in the workplace as well as giving her a greater understanding of marketing theories and practices. “Chloe has had a significant impact on the business; one stand-out piece of work has been a marketing campaign she developed and managed that resulted in significant increases in product value and units sold.”