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Celebrating Cornwall's apprentices

What do Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham and Elvis all have in common?

They all started their careers as an apprentice!

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We’re celebrating another successful National Apprenticeship Week, where Cornwall Council, Cormac and the NHS in Cornwall put the spotlight on ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities across Cornwall.

The national week of celebration encourages parents, teachers, employers and young people to ‘Look Beyond’, and celebrate the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities.

There are currently nearly 200 apprenticeships in Cornwall Council, in a range of subjects from entry level to master’s degree programmes. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience and a qualification in your chosen career, or to upskill staff and develop your workforce.

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Adam Paynter, said: “Gaining an apprenticeship is a great tool to either launch or change your career. We have around 180 talented individuals currently working through their apprenticeship schemes within the council and I’d like to pay tribute to their spirit and enthusiasm.

“Studies have shown that an apprentice can raise the morale of a work place and bring new ideas.  So, whatever your interests or ambitions there is likely to be an opportunity for you to develop and to go on and have a rewarding career with us.”

Cornwall Council has recruited 62 new apprentices in the last year and has forged links with nearly 30 different learning providers to provide apprenticeship courses.

Our aim is to have trained over 500 apprentices before 2021, but the courses aren’t just open to young people leaving school or college. Former Apprentice Alison Thomas said: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, obviously there’s a minimum age, but there’s actually no maximum age and just take the leap of confidence, and the leap of faith to actually do it”. 

The week was finished off with a joint celebration event for those apprentices that completed their qualification in the last 12 months/year. 

Paul Masters, Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods attended the event to present Cornwall Council employees with their certificates.  Paul is a former apprentice and said: “I started an apprenticeship with North Cornwall District Council in 1981. I had just completed a year at art college. I had to decide whether to continue with a degree at art college, to be a pilot in the air force or to become an environmental health trainee – I chose the latter.

“Working for Cornwall Council is fun. There is always a challenge, always a lot on - but it can be tough. Ultimately, working for Cornwall Council is a good achievement. The best thing about being an apprentice is the ability to go out and job shadow, there was so much variety. One day it might have been housing, the next could have been a health and safety accident.” 

If you would like to know more about apprenticeships in Cornwall, there is an open event on Thursday, March 5.

You can find more information on the current vacancies and apply now on  our website.