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  • The South West’s first Apprenticeship for Museum and Gallery Technicians to be delivered by a leading Cornish College.
  • Award winning Science department to deliver its first Apprenticeship.
  • Those wishing to earn while they learn in these sectors can register their interest now.

A leading local College has unveiled plans to offer the South West’s first Apprenticeship for Museum and Gallery Technicians, alongside its first ever science Apprenticeship for Laboratory Technicians.

The eighteen month Museum and Gallery Technician Apprenticeship, was approved by the National Apprenticeship Service in April 2019 and will be delivered by Truro and Penwith College’s art and design department from its White building, a purpose built art and design facility at Truro College.

The first group of learners will work for employers across Cornwall and attend Truro College once a week from November 2019.

Apprentices will learn to design and build solutions for the work of artists, makers and jewellers that could range from display and transportation cases to bespoke environments that immerse visitors in an experience associated with a piece in a gallery or museum.

The Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship will be delivered by the College’s award winning science team, who were awarded the coveted Platinum Science Mark by STEM Learning in 2018.

Apprentices will have the same tutors and use the same laboratory facilities as full-time science students, and alongside working in a laboratory technician role, will attend the College one day per week for the duration of the twenty-four month programme from September 2019.

Testing carried out by laboratory technicians is in demand from a range of sectors and apprentices can expect the results of their laboratory tests to be used to assess soil suitability for agriculture, mining and construction or in medical fields to name a few examples.

Andy Stittle, Director of Teaching and Learning at Truro and Penwith College said: “Increasingly we are finding students wishing to continue study through the apprenticeship route, which now runs to degree level. We are a delighted to support employers by extending our range of programmes on offer which respond to both student career aspirations and the local employment opportunities such as in these key areas”.

The news comes less than a month after the College opened nominations for the fifth annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards at

Anyone interested in studying one of the new Apprenticeships is advised to register their interest on the College’s website; or to contact the apprenticeship team on 01872 242711. Employers who would like to consider offering apprenticeships can contact the team on the same number.

Posted on 11th Jul 2019 | Cathie Kessell


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