An increasing number of young people are considering apprenticeships in Cornwall as a way to start a new career early in life without being weighed down with students debts.
The rise in popularity of apprenticeships has been brought into focus as a record number of apprentices have enrolled at Truro and Penwith College this year.
More than 200 Apprentices are now starting their chosen career this September.
Apprentices will work in their chosen area, while studying for nationally recognised qualifications ranging from entry level Intermediate Apprenticeships to University Level Higher Apprenticeships.
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The jobs these young people are going for range from software development, firefighting and digital marketing to accountancy, business and management and engineering.
New government reforms saw a whole host of brand new apprenticeships being introduced earlier this year, meaning that employers were also given the opportunity to help redesign courses to ensure that apprentices are trained in the skills they need in the workplace.
Truro and Penwith College is offering 200 quality careers in Cornwall throughout its apprenticeships (Image: Truro and Penwith College)
Christopher Weavill, chief operating officer at Hertzian, a Truro-based software company, said: “A great way to expand Hertzian’s growing business is to hire apprentices.
“The new Level 4 Software Development programme at Truro and Penwith College is the perfect course to provide the primary skills we need for our developing technology.
“We specialise in machine learning analytics of free text data. Finding people with the right expertise is incredibly difficult and this programme is a great step towards improving that in Cornwall.”
Elliott Paull, 22, studied maths and physics at Exeter University before deciding to pursue a Software Developer Higher Level Apprenticeship, and is starting his career at Redruth-based Bluefruit software.
He said: “I’ve always been interested in software development and have even taught myself in my free time. I wanted to get into the industry but knew that Bluefruit was where I wanted to start my career and progress.”
School leaver Jordan Barkway, 16, is also joining Bluefruit and sees the working and practical environment as the start to her dream career as a software developer.
She said: “I knew exactly what I wanted to do after leaving school, so after completing work experience with Bluefruit it’s always been my dream to work there. Not only will I learn at a professional level with people who understand the industry but I’ll also be earning a wage.”
Truro and Penwith College (Image: Truro and Penwith College)
Andy Stittle, director of teaching and learning at the college, said: “This is a record number of new apprenticeship starts for September. It reflects the increasing attraction of this route to numerous occupational and professional careers through our close partnership working with employers across the County for a wide range of professional and occupational sectors.
“More and more employers are also coming forward, seeing the benefit of Apprenticeships as highlighted in last year’s Outstanding Ofsted report which in addition to citing ‘inspirational teaching’ and ‘excellent links with employers’ also found ‘apprentices make a considerable positive contribution to employers’ businesses’.”
To find out about apprenticeships opportunities visit: www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/apprenticeshipjobs
The EDGE Awards
We’re looking for Cornwall’s digital superstars, from the school projects and teachers using software, tech, digital and design to new start-ups, digital entrepreneurs, games designers, software developers, website, app and video producers and digital media gurus to enter the EDGE awards.
You can nominate yourself, your business, or someone else that you think deserves recognition. Either nominate through our website www.cornwalllive.com/EDGEawards or email [email protected] Please submit a short one-minute video where possible along with your entry – which can either be a corporate or a simple straight-to-smartphone talking camera piece.
Here are the categories…
Most inspirational IT/ digital/ multimedia teacher
Best school IT/ digital/ multimedia project
Digital rising star
Best video production company
Best games developer
Best community/ social use of digital
Best software developer
Best social media engagement initiative
Best digital media company
Best website or app
Best IoT development
The Edge Award for Excellence
We’ll be running content throughout the next three months to promote and celebrate Cornwall’s leading role in the tech and digital business sector.
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Source: Cornwall Live