Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College developing professionals and businesses

Achieve your ambitions.

Antony Whittaker knew from an early age that working on vehicles was what he wanted to do so he grabbed his future with both hands by securing a Level 2 Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship at Dales Motors in Summercourt with Truro and Penwith College. The hands on learning that an Apprenticeship programme provides is perfect for Antony.

“The best bit about my Apprenticeship is being able to spend most of my time in the workshop whether this is at work or training in the College, plus time flies when you’re busy fixing a car,” said Antony.

Antony believes the programme, alongside the support of his employer has improved his knowledge and confidence in working with vehicles, whilst offering him a trade to support his future.

A local Apprenticeship can take you beyond your home county and open doors you didn’t even realise existed.

Andrew Pidgeon has seen his career prospects soar since starting the Level 3 Marketing Apprenticeship with Truro and Penwith College: “Before starting the Apprenticeship I could never have dreamed that I would now be in a full time post, I have been given new energy and ambition by the Apprenticeship. My knowledge and skillset has developed enormously and has given me the confidence to move to a new country, explore and continue my career journey amongst fresh experiences.”

Though already having secured a desirable job as a result of his Apprenticeship, Andrew now intends to progress his career by moving to New Zealand, experiencing the world of Marketing in a new country.

Improve your chances of securing future employment in areas where skills shortages exist.

Opting for an Apprenticeship programme can increase the possibility of securing future employment through training with innovative growing businesses in areas of a current skills deficit. Internationally recognised company WISKA specialises in the development and production of Cable Accessory Systems, maritime lighting, electrical equipment and marine CCTV. Expanding year on year, WISKA UK believes that identifying and addressing their skills gap has driven their growth.

Managing Director, Will Rich, says: “Our employees are key to the development of our business and training is essential to give them the skills required to achieve this.”

Working closely with Truro and Penwith College’s Business Development Team, WISKA UK has taken both the financial and time pressures out of filling their skills gaps.

Similarly, Redruth based company Mi-Generation highlighted the national shortage of skilled biomass engineers in the UK. Previously recruiting from outside of the UK Mi-Generation made the decision to consult with Truro and Penwith College Business to address the ongoing skills shortage within the sector.

After exploring the options available to them, Mi-Generation concluded that an Apprenticeship scheme was the best way to train staff and provide an answer to the skills deficit. Working in partnership with Mi-Generation throughout the Apprenticeship process, Truro and Penwith College assisted in recruiting 6 enthusiastic new Apprentices to enhance their team and preserve the future of this industry.

Claire Glynn, General Manager at Mi-Generation, commented: “The Apprentices bring new energy into our workforce and we’re really looking forward to the positive impact they will have over the next two years with us.”

Business partnerships to develop new Apprentices with the College means the resulting programmes are driven by business demand. This will provide the Apprentices the opportunity to learn vital skills desired by the sector and increase their skills set.

Essential to the growth of local businesses.

One of the South West’s biggest names in hospitality, St. Austell Brewery, continues to value recruitment through Apprenticeships as essential to its future. They recently embarked on a new partnership with Truro and Penwith College, offering 30 Apprenticeship opportunities in Professional Cookery and Front of House Frameworks in early 2015.

Adam Luck, Estate Director at St. Austell Brewery, said: “People are at the heart of our business and through Apprenticeships we find enthusiastic and committed individuals to start their career here. Apprenticeships offer us long term recruitment solutions and the right individuals can progress in their career.”

The new Apprenticeships are part of a growing partnership between St. Austell Brewery and Truro and Penwith College to provide careers and training within the hospitality sector that will enable people to launch their careers.

Work with your current employees to develop the business and their professional skills.

Aarron Yates’ appetite to develop new skills and Eden Project’s progressive and supportive culture made him the perfect candidate for an Apprenticeship. After completing the Advanced Apprenticeship in Management with Truro and Penwith College Aarron is now a key member of Eden’s highly successful hospitality team.

Aarron believed the Apprenticeship was a great option: “I couldn’t recommend the management training more. It doesn’t just change your work ethic but changes you as a person. The skills that I learnt from the course have been incredible and gives you a real boost in confidence and morale. It makes you understand just what lengths you have to go to be a professional organisation and to deliver world class service, which we aim to do here at Eden.”

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Or come along and meet the team at the Cornwall Business Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, on Thursday 19th March.

Image – Aaron Yates