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  About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you an opportunity to learn and gain a recognised qualification whilst you work.

All apprenticeships are paid and you will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes the time you spend at college.

You will spend most of your time within your workplace and the rest of your training will be provided by the College normally on a one day a week basis, although variations can apply according to the programme.

There is no upper age limit to become an apprentice but you need to be at least 16.

To become an apprentice you will need to apply for an apprenticeship job vacancy or speak to a business and have them take you on as an apprentice.

We can support you through this process helping you with CV writing, interview tips and speaking to the business about the benefits of employing an apprentice.

We work with hundreds of employers every year developing vacancies and helping them recruit a workforce that will boost their business.

We have a wide range of apprenticeships available and specialise in different subjects across our campuses.

We specialise in a wide range of apprenticeships in construction, engineering, motor vehicle, marine, digital technology, catering, hair, early years, business, accounting and more across Cornwall and Devon.

If you don’t find the right vacancy contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@cornwall.ac.uk  They can then let you know about any vacancies that fit your interests in the future.

There  is a whole support network around you that will help you thrive and succeed in your chosen career.

Once you are an apprentice, this useful guide will help you on your journey.

Go to Apprentice Support Guide

  Current Vacancies

Production Operative Apprenticeship with Imerys

Closing date: September 3, 2021


Imerys Minerals Ltd are proud to be able to offer a unique production operative apprenticeship. This will prove particularly exciting for those with a personal interest in secondary processing. Imerys

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Carpentry Apprenticeship with Keith Cole

Closing date: September 3, 2021


This is a brilliant opportunity to become a carpentry apprentice and work alongside a fully qualified carpenter whilst learning the theory behind the trade at Cornwall College St Austell. The position

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Hospitality Team Member Apprentice with The Falmouth Arms

Closing date: September 16, 2021


A vacancy has arisen at The Falmouth Arms, Ladock to work with an established team who are keen to share their knowledge and train a passionate and hardworking apprentice. Supporting the kitchen team

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Commis Chef Apprentice at The Falmouth Arms

Closing date: September 16, 2021


A vacancy has arisen at The Falmouth Arms, Ladock to work with an established chef who is keen to share his knowledge and train a passionate and hardworking apprentice. Daily duties will include: Foo

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Maintenance Engineer (Mechatronics) Apprentice with TJ Books Ltd

Closing date: September 30, 2021


This is a rare opportunity to work as an engineer within a busy production environment and to join a well-established and highly successful company. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candi

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Property Maintenance Apprentice with Joseph Thomas Littlejohns

Closing date: August 30, 2021


An exciting opportunity has been created for a hardworking and keen individual to join a small and professionally run business, working as a property maintenance apprentice. We are located in Redruth

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15000

Apprentices supported in the last 10 years

1500+

Employers choose us to deliver their apprenticeships every year

75%

of our apprentices are aged 19+

Figures are approximate and correct as of August 2021.

  FAQs

Do I get paid?

Yes, all apprentices are paid. The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £4.30 per hour. However you will earn significantly more as you progress through your qualifications (depending on the career route you choose). If you are an apprentice aged 19+ you will start at £4.30 per hour for the first year and then go on to the national minimum wage and progress from there. If you are already employed and start an apprenticeship, your wage should not change.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

No, while you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you while you undertake your training.

If you are 16 to 18 years old, all your training is free. However, if you are aged 19 or older your employer will need to contribute toward your training fees.

How many hours a week do I have to work?

You will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes your time spent at college. This may be different for certain apprenticeships that offer block college training.

Is there an age limit for apprenticeships?

No, there is no upper age limit and to start an apprenticeship you need to be at least 16.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on your prior skill levels, experience, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, the apprenticeships that we offer take between one and four years to complete.

What time of year can I start?

You can apply at any time of the year. When you begin the work-based training depends on the availability of a position within the business.

Can I do an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, if your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

What are the new Apprenticeship Standards?

A recent review process has identified a need to make the apprenticeships even more career focused. ‘New Standards Apprenticeships’ will in future support the development of specific skills and knowledge for specific employers and specific job roles. How these are assessed and the qualifications you receive will vary depending on the apprenticeship pathway you choose. Be assured our experienced team of advisors will talk you through what’s involved at every stage.

How do I apply for a vacancy?

To enquire about a vacancy, contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@cornwall.ac.uk

To apply for a vacancy, follow the steps at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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Upcoming events

Prepare to Care event at St Austell campus

23 September 2021, 10:00-16:00


Cornwall Care Academy are delighted to host this Prepare to Care event to introduce you to the social care sector. This session will give you the opportunity to spend time with our team and find out more about what it is like to have a career in a care setting and the development pathways

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Pool School – Year 11 Information Event at Camborne campus

12 October 2021, 17:00-19:00


We would like to invite you to come and meet the amazing team at our campus and see all of the opportunities on offer at Cornwall College Camborne. With so many opportunities available to students after year 11, it is important that they have the chance to explore all of their options, so they can

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Penrice – Year 11 Information Event at St Austell campus

12 October 2021, 17:30-19:00


We would like to invite all year 11 students at Penrice School to come and meet the amazing team at our campus and see all of the opportunities on offer at Cornwall College St Austell. With so many opportunities available to students after year 11, it is important that they have the chance to

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