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.

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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.

Not only are apprenticeships increasingly popular with applicants, but the data also suggests they are an attractive option for employers looking to fill skills gaps and grow their businesses.

But of those who responded, almost 80% are not yet working with an apprentice – why?

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The survey suggests a third of companies perceive no need for an apprentice and and a further quarter don’t believe an apprentice is suitable for their business.

There are currently over 80 subjects offered by training providers as apprenticeships in Cornwall, giving employers a broad skills base from which to draw.

For information on how an apprentice could help your business, email cornwallapprenticeships@cornwall.gov.uk or contact your local training provider.