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An apprenticeship is an ideal way for you to earn while you learn in a real job whilst gaining a real qualification and working towards a real future. Whether it’s your first job or your next step, being an apprentice means being fully employed with all the usual staff benefits. You will study with our industry experts and like-minded people who will offer you great support.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes with most of the training being at the employer’s premises. The rest of the training is provided by the College normally on a one day a week basis, although variations can apply according to the programme. Employment is expected to be for a minimum of 30 hours per week which includes the College based element of the training.

No, while you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you while you undertake your training.

If you are 16 to 18 years old, all your training is free. However, if you are aged 19 or older your employer will need to contribute toward your training fees.

You will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes your time spent at college. This may be different for certain apprenticeships that offer block college training.

No, there is no upper age limit and to start an apprenticeship you need to be at least 16.

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on your prior skill levels, experience, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, the apprenticeships that we offer take between one and four years to complete.

You can apply at any time of the year. When you begin the work-based training depends on the availability of a position within the business.

Yes, if your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

A recent review process has identified a need to make the apprenticeships even more career focused. ‘New Standards Apprenticeships’ will in future support the development of specific skills and knowledge for specific employers and specific job roles. How these are assessed and the qualifications you receive will vary depending on the apprenticeship pathway you choose. Be assured our experienced team of advisors will talk you through what’s involved at every stage.

To enquire about a vacancy, contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@cornwall.ac.uk. To apply for a vacancy, follow the steps at:

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