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Cornwall’s Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors spread the word

Twelve new Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors are now blazing a trail for Apprenticeships in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly after undertaking their training in Truro.

They join the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN), a nationwide community of 700 inspiring, driven apprentices and former apprentices who promote apprenticeships to young people and their career influencers. 

With over 90 young Apprentice Ambassadors now in the South West, they help to raise awareness of the range of subjects, benefits, progression routes and extensive career opportunities apprenticeships provide.

Working in partnership with Cornwall Apprenticeships, Cornwall Careers Hub and the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge project, the 12 Cornish Apprenticeship Ambassadors are now able to visit schools and careers events across the County to share their apprenticeship story with students, parents and teachers.

The new Ambassadors represent a wide range of careers and sectors in the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly including tourism, hospitality, social care and health, finance, construction and electrical, administration, public sector and emergency services. 

Cathie Kessell, Employment & Apprenticeship Officer at the Cornwall Council and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Ambassador programme is all about reaching out to the widest audience and shouting about apprenticeships so that young people in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly can be better informed about today’s Apprenticeship opportunities.

“Ambassadors only sign up to the role for 12 months, so new applications from current and graduate Apprentices are always welcome.”

young ambassadors - Cornwall’s Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors spread the word

Within the South West the YAAN also helped organise 50-plus events during National Apprenticeship Week 2019, held in March, including awards ceremonies, work based challenges and project work in the community.  Their social media campaign made around 50,000 impressions using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you are a current or graduate apprentice between 18 and 26 years old you can find out more about becoming a Young Ambassador here

If you are a school who would like a visit from one of our young ambassadors please visit Request a Young Apprentice Ambassador for my School

Young Ambassadors work alongside an employer ambassador network, so if you are a business interested in finding out more about the benefits of becoming an employer member of our network please visit

For more information about the Ambassador network you can contact Fiona Parsons, Regional Co-ordinator on or contact

For more information contact:

Cathie Kessell
Employment and Apprenticeship Officer

01872 322083

Posted on 25th Apr 2019 | admin


We have seen many employees progress through apprenticeships, giving us the opportunity to produce high quality engineers

Darren Etherington, Production Director at Watson-Marlow

The value that the apprentices have added to our business has paid this back many times over

Michelle Pearce, Practice Director, RRL accountants

Apprenticeships aren’t just entry level jobs for youngsters coming straight out of school – they’re fantastic opportunities for upskilling existing employees too

Publican Mark Holden, Victoria Inn

It is absolutely essential that new blood is developed for the Bakery industry which is best done via the apprenticeship route

Mark Norton, Managing Director at Prima Bakeries

Apprentices invigorate our crews and the new roles have created a lot of excitement within the Service

Kathryn Billing, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Group Manager