Thursday 11th March 2021
Showground, Wadebridge

Truro and Penwith College launch the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Truro and Penwith College is hosting the first ever Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards on the 9th October 2015.

The prestigious event will be a celebration of individual and business achievement within the Cornish business community. The evening will showcase the amazing talent, energy and contribution Apprentices make to the current and future strength of local companies.  Tickets for the evening are available and nominations are now open.

David Walrond, Principal of Truro and Penwith College said: “With growing numbers of young people choosing an Apprenticeship as their next step in education, the awards will provide the perfect opportunity to acknowledge their achievements and their crucial role in boosting Cornwall’s socio-economic health and prospects. Truro and Penwith College is passionate about Apprenticeships and working with local businesses to provide apprentices with an outstanding learning experience as they progress along their career paths.”

The awards are supported by Get My First Job, an online recruitment agency that specialises in helping young people find their perfect Apprenticeship. It will include dinner design by The Seafood Restaurant’s Head Chef, Stephane Delourme and prepared by Truro and Penwith College Professional Cookery students.

Truro and Penwith College has a long partnership with the Seafood Restaurant. Rick Stein has supported and engaged with the development of an industry lead hospitality Apprenticeship programme.

Celebrity Chef, Rick Stein, said: “Joining an Apprenticeship scheme in our industry means you will gain a wealth of experience and knowledge; there is no substitute for learning while working because you rapidly develop the skills needed.”

Also supporting the awards are The Cornish Pirates, Cornwall Care and BT.

Peter Wroe, Business Operation Director, BT Cornwall, said: “BT is pleased to sponsor the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards. It’s fantastic to see Cornish employers and training providers offering aspiration, training and employment opportunities to the capable and talented community we have here in Cornwall.”

The latest figures from the National Apprenticeship Service show the number of people starting an Apprenticeship in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly increased by 25% during the period August to December 2014 (when compared with August to December 2013) with training providers seeing this growth trend continuing into 2015. This gives Apprenticeships a growing presence and profile in both education and workplace settings.

Nominations for the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards are now open. To nominate your business or an Apprentice who deserves recognition for their achievement visit and fill out the online form.  Nominations are free to submit and will remain open until 17.00 on Wednesday 16th September. For more information on the awards visit or email,

The award categories are:

Apprentice of the year- Hospitality
Apprentice of the Year – Accountancy
Apprentice of the Year – Construction
Apprentice of the Year – Health and Social care and Child care
Apprentice of the Year – Digital and IT
Apprentice of the Year – Management and Marketing

Apprentice of the Year- Business
Apprentice of the Year – Customer service and retail
Apprentice of the Year – Hair and Beauty
Apprentice of the Year – Motor Vehicle
Apprentice of the Year – Engineering
Apprentice – Achiever of the Year
Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice Employer of the Year (SME < 250 employees)
Apprentice Employer of the Year (Large >250 employees)