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National Apprenticeship Awards 2017

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will close for entries soon! You can find out more about the awards and benefits of entering by watching our video. Applicants have until Friday 26 May to submit their entry – at 5pm the National Apprenticeship Service close their search for England’s top apprenticeship employers and apprentices. Employer Categories …Read more

Cornwall College Centre of Excellence

Cornwall College has retained its Gold Hospitality accreditation from People 1st and can continue to be one of only two colleges in the country that can boast a Centre of Excellence in three disciplines. Curriculum lead for hospitality and tourism at the college, Grant Mather, said it was “wonderful recognition of the hard work put …Read more

The National Apprenticeship Awards

The National Apprenticeship Awards are dedicated to celebrating the fantastic work achieved by employers and apprentices across the UK. The awards, now its 14th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in three areas: businesses that offer top quality apprenticeship programmes to help grow their business apprentices who have made a significant …Read more

New vacancies: Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme

There are 750 Higher Level Apprenticeships available through the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme. The Fast Track is a two-year Level 4 apprenticeship: a rewarding alternative to university with a competitive starting salary. Find out more here. There are five exciting schemes available: Business Project Delivery Commercial Finance Digital & Technology Salaries range from £19,500 – £27,000 …Read more

Cornwall is celebrating National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

Hundreds of local young people, business representatives, Cornwall Council officers, teachers and parents are coming together to help celebrate and promote careers guidance and career resources in Cornwall as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage …Read more

DfE encourages more businesses to offer apprenticeships

Small businesses from across England feature in the Get In Go Far campaign, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships. Get In Go Far – the government’s flagship campaign to promote apprenticeships – launched a new wave of activity today (23 February 2017), focused on promoting apprenticeships to employers. The campaign highlights the wide range of benefits that …Read more

100 apprentices in 100 days for Cornwall 2016

Cornwall’s MPs have come together to launch a campaign across the county to recruit 100 apprentices in 100 days. The drive launches in a changing national economy, where growth has slowed in recent months and where businesses are reporting skills gaps and recruitment challenges in particular industries. Could Apprenticeships be the answer? A recent study …Read more

12 new apprentices wanted at Pendennis

One of Cornwall’s leading employers is expanding in 2016 with 12 new Apprenticeship positions currently on offer at its Falmouth headquarters. The award-winning Apprenticeship scheme at Pendennis Shipyard has been running for 18 years, training and preparing scores of young people for successful careers in engineering. “During my time [on the Apprenticeship] I’ve learnt a …Read more

A guide to the Apprenticeship Levy in Cornwall

There are almost half a million apprentices working in businesses throughout the UK, in traditional trades like plumbing, engineering and hairdressing as well as in more diverse roles in marketing, animal care and IT. Apprenticeships are an attractive option for employers as they: Help fill skills gaps Bring new ideas into the business Increase productivity …Read more

date set for apprenticeship debate

The Apprentice Debate will be held on the 25th Feb 2016 10.30 -12.30 at the emirates stadium in London. The debate will be focusing on three main themes: PROMOTION OF APPRENTICESHIPS How do we reach young people, is enough being done? POST APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT Who is responsible for ensuring apprentices get the right support to …Read more

Government reveals its plans for apprenticeships

English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 vision is the latest apprenticeship document to be released by the government, revealing that the public sector will be forced to hire 200,000 more apprentices in the next five years. Big changes to the apprenticeship sector Published on the 7th December, the Apprenticeship 2020 vision will force large public sector bodies …Read more

lowest figures since records began for people not in education, employment or training

The department for business, innovation and skills (BIS) has revealed the lowest statistics since records began for people not in education, employment or training (NEET), with close to 900,000 people undertaking an apprenticeship between 2014 and 2015. Promising figures Statistics from the government department show that the proportion of 16-24 year olds in work or …Read more

apprentices could be answer to skills gap

The skills shortage in the UK is becoming an increasingly acute problem in many industries, but apprentices could provide the answer, according to new research. The study by Close Brothers has found nearly a third of SMEs (31 per cent) feel their workforce does not have the skills their business needs. Additionally, well over half …Read more

The results are in – what does Cornwall really think of apprenticeships?

One in five companies in Cornwall employs an apprentice, according to the latest economic survey from the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. The research, conducted by PFA Research for the Cornwall Chamber and published quarterly, provides an insight into the current state of the Cornish economy, looking specifically at business confidence, market pressures, recruitment and apprenticeships. …Read more

Steve Double MP recruits apprentice

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell & Newquay has taken on a local young person as an apprentice in support of Cornwall’s campaign to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign was established to help employers navigate the process for selecting a training …Read more

Free Apprenticeship webinars for small businesses

A series of six 30 minute webinars are available free to small businesses from across Cornwall. Webinars will be 30 minutes, short and to the point! On each date we will be joined by a local business representative who has vast experience of employing apprentice. The webinars will be held on the following dates: • …Read more

Record number of apprentices in the UK

Statistics from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reveal that nearly 900,000 people are currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Britain, the highest apprenticeship figures since records began. Huge improvements During the 2014 and 2015 academic year over 872,000 people were working as an apprentice. Of these there were 518,000 at intermediate level; 348,400 …Read more

Cornwall Apprenticeships at Cornwall Careers Show

The annual Cornwall Careers Show has just wrapped up for another year – and what a show it was. Oculus rift, smoke rings, inflatable balls, plastic crying babies, popcorn, terrifyingly convincing injuries, pasta-making, wood carving, focaccia bread and so much more, enjoyed by hundreds of pupils and young people from across Cornwall. The annual event …Read more

Prime Minister outlines apprenticeship transformation plans

David Cameron is set to outline the government’s plans to increase the number of UK apprenticeships, and has also released an open consultation document, giving the public a chance to share their ideas on how to pay towards the apprenticeship levy. According to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK business investment into …Read more

10 of the most unusual apprenticeships

You probably know about hairdressing, engineering and mechanic apprenticeships. You’ll probably know many trainee chefs do an apprenticeship to qualify. But it’s not only these traditional trades that offer apprenticeships. Here we look at some of the more unusual apprenticeships looking for applicants in Cornwall this month: 1. Apprentice leather maker, Redruth, Cornwall | £99 …Read more

A level results day means decision time for thousands

With A level results being released tomorrow, do you know what to do next?  Perhaps you’re planning to go to university.  Perhaps you’re going to start looking for a job.  Have you considered an Apprenticeship, which is a job combined with training which results in a qualification? Many  employers are looking to recruit apprentices at …Read more

5 crucial summer apprenticeship search tips

With summer upon us, young people around the country will be leaving school and starting to think about their new career. Here are five ways in which apprentices in waiting can manage their job search when everyone else is away at the beach. 1.Take advantage of the open market We all know that hiring slows …Read more

Boost in number of south west apprentices

39,400 apprenticeship starts in the South West since August 2014 20,000 higher apprenticeships target smashed Over 2.3 million apprenticeships created in the last Parliament The Government confirmed today that the South West is playing a significant role in helping create a highly skilled and productive workforce that is supporting the country’s economic growth. Today’s figures …Read more

GCSE U-turn made by childcare apprenticeship officials

Apprentices will be able to study for their English and maths GCSEs as they begin their Early Years Educator (EYE) course, after the government overturned its own ruling on GCSE requirements. The Early Years education course is a government initiative set up in September 2014, giving apprentices the chance to pursue a career in childcare …Read more

What do the ‘New Apprenticeships’ mean for employers?

Recent changes mean that employers are now leading the development of standards and assessment processes for their apprentices. Apprenticeship Trailblazers are groups of employers working together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors. This is an excellent opportunity to develop workers with the right skills, but it’s also a big responsibility. Trailblazer …Read more

Apprenticeship announcement in Queen’s Speech

The first all-Conservative Queen’s Speech for two decades happened on Wednesday 27th May, which outlined plans for Apprenticeships and employment in the UK. A “full employment and welfare benefits bill” will pledge 3 million new apprenticeships while also limiting benefits for under-21s, who will be required to earn or learn. The apprenticeships will be part-funded …Read more

The Cornwall Careers Show is back!

Following the hugely successful Skiils Show Experience held last October, visitors and exhibitors alike are already looking forward to a repeat event on 14th and 15th October 2015.  This year’s event is called the Cornwall Careers Show and has ambitions of being even bigger and better than last year.  It will take place at Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge and will be …Read more

Youth unemployment at record low

According to new data from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, youth unemployment in the UK has dropped to a record-low level, having fallen by a figure of around 174,000 since 2010. The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is currently at its lowest level for ten years, with …Read more

Top tips to make the most of your apprenticeship

Not sure if an apprenticeship is right for you? Laura Webber, Barclays apprentice and TARGETjobs apprentice of the year, gives her top tips on finding the path for you: Which route is right for you? – apprenticeships are great for anyone who likes to learn by practically doing something, so if you want to learn …Read more

Apprentices & Staff ‘Fall’ for Pendennis’ Charity

Over the years National Apprenticeship Week (9th-13th March) has become a key focus in Pendennis’ calendar, during which they strive to promote the benefits of running or training on such a scheme. Pendennis Shipyard has operated an apprenticeship scheme for over 16 years, training over 170 local young people. Each year they undertake an activity that …Read more

Not going to uni launches vocational training guide

Wednesday’s focus of National Apprenticeship Week was all about traineeships and access to professions. To champion this, Notgoingtouni.co.uk has launched its annual ‘Apprenticeship and Vocational training Guide’ which aims to demonstrate to young people the large number of options available to them when they finish school. The guide outlines the benefits of vocational education such …Read more

#NAW2015: UK businesses could gain additional £18bn from apprenticeships

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has launched a new report to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which has found that consumers prefer to do business with businesses employing apprentices. The ‘Benefits of Apprenticeships to Businesses’ study finds that offering apprenticeships were perceived by two-thirds of the public as contributing …Read more

Top 40 richest former apprentices

Which former apprentice now collects early vintage Ferraris and has an estimated worth of £3.2 billion? Sitting at the top of a new rich list, published in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, is JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who did his Engineering Apprenticeship with Massey Ferguson before earning his fortune with JCB. Other high profile …Read more

Positive outlook for apprenticeships in Cornwall

New research commissioned by the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign in January 2015 indicates apprentices in Cornwall enjoy above average wage levels, regular salary increases as they progress through their Apprenticeship, with 96% staying in work when their Apprenticeship is complete.  The latest figures from the National Apprenticeship Service also show the number of people starting an …Read more

Winning students record their Apprenticeship commercial at Pirate FM

After judging more than 50 commercials, a group of students from Penrice Academy has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Pirate FM Cornwall Apprenticeships Campaign competition. The students’ prize was a VIP visit to the Pirate FM studios in Redruth to make a professional recording of their commercial, which included selecting a backing track and adding relevant sound effects. …Read more

PENDENNIS CELEBRATES APPRENTICE ACHIEVEMENTS

The Apprenticeship scheme at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth is renowned as one of the best of its kind, having received multiple awards from within the shipbuilding industry and recognition from national business awards. For each intake the yard receives over 10 applications for every one space offered, with the course having trained over 160 local …Read more

Apprenticeships bring £3.2bn to South West’s economy

New research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found that apprenticeships contributed £3.2 billion to the South West’s economy in 2014. The Cebr report said that for every £1 spent on apprenticeships, the national economy gains £21. It also predicted that if the upward trend in apprentice recruitment continues, the national economy could …Read more

Vince Cable announces that the government has fulfilled its commitment to starting 2 million apprenticeships in this Parliament

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced on 9th December that the government has fulfilled its commitment to starting 2 million apprenticeships in this Parliament. This important achievement highlights the continued success of apprenticeships since 2010 in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent. …Read more

Why hire a disabled apprentice?

There are more than eleven million disabled people in Great Britain, of whom nearly six million are of working age. By hiring and supporting disabled apprentices, employers find that they are better able to extend the pool of high-quality applicants available to them; engage with the widest possible consumer base and have a workforce that …Read more

NI for young apprentices scrapped

National Insurance contributions on young apprentices will be scrapped, the government has announced. Chancellor George Osborne said the measure is a step toward increasing productivity and the creating a highly-skilled labour market. In the Autumn Statement, Osborne announced that employer National Insurance contributions on apprentices under the age of 25 will be axed. “When a …Read more

Cornwall leading the way with Apprenticeships on Twitter

Businesses in Cornwall are being invited to find out more about Apprenticeships by joining a weekly online chat. #CornwallApprenticeHour is hosted on Twitter by the Cornwall Apprenticeship Campaign every Thursday evening from 19:30-20:30, seeking to showcase apprentice success stories, answer questions about Apprenticeships and increase awareness of the opportunities available throughout Cornwall. “Twitter is a …Read more

New skills funding for young people

Additional skills funding for young people living or working in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been secured from the European Social Fund via the Skills Funding Agency. The Skills Support for Young People (SSYP) project will run until July 2015 with the majority of support directed towards those undertaking, or working towards, an …Read more

Business Minister meets Pendennis Apprentices

Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities, completed a tour of Pendennis Shipyard following his visit to the Department of Environment and Sustainable Investment at the Falmouth campus of Exeter University where he signed the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Deal. With training and apprenticeships being a key government topic the tour …Read more

Vince Cable on a mission to boost apprenticeship pay

Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled plans to boost apprenticeship wages, proposing to create a single national minimum wage for 16 to 17-year-olds in work and first year of apprentices. The proposal to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) would see wages will rise from £2.73 to £3.79 an hour on current rates. Vince …Read more

‘Business is GREAT Britain’ Campaign

Apprenticeships and Traineeships employer activity is due to launch this month as part of the GREAT campaign. The campaign’s objective is to help small businesses grow. The latest phase of activity, managed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), includes large posters in national and regional press, and digital advertisements on websites, radio …Read more

Top tips for wannabe apprentices

You’ll be up against some tough competition when applying for an apprenticeship, so standing out from the crowd is very important. Here are some top tips to think about before you apply: 1. Research the industry you want to get in to. Can you see yourself building a career in this industry? Employers are looking …Read more

Conservatives pledge to fund 3 million apprenticeships

The Conservatives would cap benefits further to fund three million apprenticeships if they win the general election, the prime minister has said. David Cameron told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show he wanted to “abolish” youth unemployment. A Tory government would cut the maximum benefits a household can claim a year from £26,000 to £23,000, he …Read more

Pendennis’ Apprentices Graduate

Last week a further 14 young people graduated from Pendennis’ award-winning Apprenticeship Scheme. To celebrate completing four years of training the apprentices, their families and mentors enjoyed a sumptuous meal in the company’s new hospitality suite against a backdrop of spectacular views over the Fal estuary. At their graduation ceremony apprentices were presented with certificates …Read more

Top tips for study success

What helps you do your best when you’ve got exams, deadlines and pressure to do well? This quick guide from the International Association of Book-keepers is a good all-round guide to giving yourself the best chance of success, from the food you eat to the techniques you use to memorise important information. [Source The International …Read more

How to turn your apprenticeship into a full time job

It’s one thing to be accepted on to an apprenticeship scheme and another to ensure that it is successful. Having the right attitude when starting an apprenticeship is incredibly important. Here are some essential pointers which make up the backbone of a great apprenticeship and, if you bear them in mind, will hopefully land you …Read more

Rise in the number of disabled people in Apprenticeships

The number of disabled people in Apprenticeships has more than tripled in the last 10 years. The increase, from 12,960 in 2002/03 to 42,850 in 2012/13, slightly outstrips the growth in apprenticeships overall. This summer also marks 1 year on since the prime minister launched the Disability Confident campaign to help more disabled people into …Read more

Get in Go Far!

The Government is launching a national campaign to promote Apprenticeships to young people and employers. Launching today, Wednesday 20 August, the campaign will show young people and their parents that Apprenticeships can now be an equal choice to university at 18 by showcasing the variety and quality of Apprenticeships on offer. The campaign features real …Read more

More teens opting for Apprenticeships

Following research that found up to 100 teenagers were applying for each Apprenticeship position, Nick Boles, the new Skills Minister, has said that more middle-class teenagers are considering on-the-job training courses because university is no longer seen as the best option to get ahead in life. He said: “It feels to me that that would …Read more

Apprenticeship or university?

It was A level results day on Thursday 14th August, and across the country young people tore open brown envelopes to sighs of disappointment of squeals of joy. If you haven’t got the grades to go to university, fret not, as there are plenty of other options out there. Higher apprenticeships are now seen as …Read more

Cornwall apprenticeships campaign celebrates first anniversary

It’s been a year since the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign first launched and the website has had over 10,000 visitors. Campaign activity has focused on engaging with businesses, young people and their parents about Apprenticeships. Market research with these target audiences continues to inform the campaign and future activities, including an online forum for apprentices.

Apprenticeships could be answer to UK Skills shortage

Three-quarters of British businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit the UK within the next three years, according to a new report. More than 600 business leaders were interviewed for the report by the Prince’s Trust and HSBC. More than 40% said they were already experiencing skills gaps within their firms, while more than …Read more

Mathew Thoma’s apprenticeship story

20-year-old Matthew Thoma is a web editor at Contentive and started out his career as an apprentice. Matt worked for 12 months as an editorial apprentice at Contentive before securing a full-time position with the company. Here, he reflects on his time as an Arch apprentice. How did you hear about apprenticeships and what made …Read more

SMEs would rather hire apprentices than graduates

According to research from business development consultancy Sandler Training, three out of four small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that a degree is now worth less than it was 10 years ago when it comes to getting a job. The survey of 1,000 SMEs found that academic qualifications are losing out to practical skills, …Read more

more school leavers choose apprenticeships

The number of school leavers embarking on apprenticeships has risen by more than 15% in just one year and are increasingly popular with 16- and 17-year-olds, new figures have shown. The figures, collected from local authorities, reveal that in March this year compared to March 2013: 15% more 16- and 17-year-olds are in apprenticeships – …Read more

Apprentice Josh Redford goes the extra mile

Apprentice Josh Redford must have one of the best commutes in Britain – by kayak from his home in Flushing, Cornwall, to his work at Swanpool Beach, near Falmouth. Josh, 18, is in the middle of an apprenticeship with watersports specialist ElementalUK, which aims to enable people to gain experience and confidence by getting closer …Read more

Why Apprenticeships have never been so popular

Applications for Apprenticeships have never been higher, with an average of at least ten applications per vacancy listed.  But with a fresh image, celebrity endorsements and strong business support, it’s easy to see why. Check the list of current vacancies and apply now.   Why Apprenticeships have never been so popular – An infographic by …Read more

Eight new apprentice jobs at the seafood restaurant

If you love the thought of a chef career, working with experienced professionals and high quality local produce, The Seafood Restaurant have eight opportunities for apprentices to join kitchen teams from September 2014. In the first instance, roles will be offered as a fixed-term twelve month contract and experience isn’t necessary – just a passion …Read more

Take part in a focus group about apprenticeships

UPDATE – this event has now closed – thank you to everyone who took part. To register for future focus groups around apprenticeships, please email cornwallapprenticeships@cornwall.gov.uk. The Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign is planning a ‘Young Persons’ focus group to advise on key areas of communication, social media and effective marketing. We would like to include the …Read more

Eden launches new apprenticeship scheme

Eden is recruiting 20-25 apprentices to join their team! These lucky people will learn an occupation through a combination of working at Eden and taking part in off-the-job training and development delivered with Cornwall College. The apprentices will work across six teams. The new Apprenticeship scheme is being run in partnership with The Cornwall College …Read more

What is an apprenticeship?

44% of graduates regret not doing an apprenticeship*.  That’s almost half of all graduates.  There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from, and you earn money while at the same time gaining qualifications and experience – it’s no wonder they’re the first choice for millions of school leavers. Apprenticeships are well worth a second …Read more

Engineering and curiosity

They showed us see worlds inside worlds, helped uncover millions of galaxies, and even made invisible things visible. The work of engineers has led to countless discoveries in our world – get a feel for what an engineering apprenticeship could mean for you in this short video from Visual.ly. And take a look at engineering …Read more

Introduction to apprenticeships

What does an apprenticeship involve?  What do you get paid?  Who can apply? This short video from the National Apprenticeship Service tells you everything you need to know: If you’re interested in finding out more, contact Cornwall Apprenticeships or take a look at the current vacancies available in Cornwall.

Do you know how to succeed in a strength-based interview?

Apprentice employers are increasingly turning towards strength-based interviews during the recruitment process. Why? Because apprentices tend to be young, and often don’t have that much, if any, professional experience or qualifications. But what is a strength-based interview? And how do you make sure you land that apprenticeship? The idea of a strength-based interview is to …Read more

apprenticeship Vs university

Struggling to decide between going to university or starting an Apprenticeship? It’s a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly. We have listed a few points below to bear in mind if you are wondering what to do when you finish school. Universities in the UK can charge up to £9,000 per year …Read more

top tips to make your application stand out

School-leavers applying for apprenticeships may not have that much professional or workplace experience, but worry not, for you can wow your potential employer in other ways. Check out these top tips on how to impress in your application: Show passion for the industry you want to get in to. The employer can train you up but …Read more

Book your free place at the FSB apprenticeships event

The Federation of Small Businesses is holding an event at Kingsley Village on 23rd April 2014 where businesses can find out more about apprenticeships.  To book your free place at one of the sessions running throughout the day, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grants-for-employers-fsb-cornwall-23042014-tickets-11019867721

the skills show experience is coming…

Business Leaders We Need YouThursday 16th ~ Friday 17th October 2014 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE A unique careers event where businesses/organisations can meet face to face with over 2500 young people. Supporting The Skills Show Experience will give you the chance to: Raise your profile and promote your brand, products and services in …Read more

Pirate fm appoints apprentice

Seventeen year old, Ollie Coleshill from Bodmin has landed his dream job with Pirate FM, Cornwall’s biggest independent radio station. The youngster has always been passionate about working in radio and digital media, so much so he had previously set up his own radio station called ‘Power Hits’. Ollie will now be supporting Pirate FM’s …Read more

AGE grant extended in budget

The AGE grant of £1,500 currently available to eligible businesses was due to last until December 2014.  In yesterday’s budget, the Chancellor announced that the Government was making an extra 85m available in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 to provide over 100,000 additional grants to employers.  To be eligible, a business must employ fewer than 1000 staff …Read more

Changes to funding for those aged 24+

From 7 March 2014, funding for Apprenticeships for those aged 24 and over working towards Advanced or Higher-level frameworks will be available within the Adult Skills Budget (ASB). All current apprentices who have arranged a Loan will have their Loan cancelled and they will not need to make a repayment. Effectively this means that the …Read more