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CCB Supports Almost 15,000 Apprentices in 10 years

Apprenticeships are becoming a more and more popular career choice for people today as they earn and learn rather than pay back a student loan. Employers are recognising the benefits of taking on an apprentice with 814,000 participating apprenticeships in England of which 85,390 were throughout the South West in 2015-2016.

Through The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) including Bicton College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School, CCB (Cornwall College Business), the employer facing arm of the Group, have supported almost 15,000 apprentices across the South West in the last ten years.

A businesses ability to grow is at times limited by the availability of skilled employees in specific sectors including Agriculture, Care, Construction, Digital Technology, Engineering and Hospitality. Through CCB, £62.5m in apprenticeships has been delivered over the last ten years throughout the South West, helping businesses upskill new and existing staff and kick starting careers for young people and adult learners.

Paul Kneebone, HR & Development Manager at A&P Group said: “We strongly believe that continuing to invest in apprenticeships is the future of our shipyard, an apprentice brings raw potential into our industry.”

An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring an apprentice can help a business to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workplace.

Bob Bovey from Timkens ILS also commented on the benefits of apprenticeships by saying: “Being a modern, forward thinking company, we identified that there would be an advantage in training our own apprentices. With the help of CCB, we are able to provide the specific skills that the company needs.”

Recent research from Gov.UK states that 89% of employers say apprentices make their business more productive. Taking on an apprentice can also help lower recruitment costs, 75% of apprentice employers have found this to be the case and 80% say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment plans.

Sally Foard, Group Director Development at The Cornwall College Group, said: “For the last ten years CCB has continued to be the number one for apprenticeships in the South West with a vast range of vocational areas. We are proud to support the South West economies and are here to help guide employers through the Government’s reforms.”

To find out how CCB can help your business grow through training and apprenticeships call 0800 731 7594, email or visit