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About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you an opportunity to learn and gain a recognised qualification whilst you work.

All apprenticeships are paid and you will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes the time you spend at college.

You will spend most of your time within your workplace and the rest of your training will be provided by the College normally on a one day a week basis, although variations can apply according to the programme.

There is no upper age limit to become an apprentice but you need to be at least 16.

To become an apprentice you will need to apply for an apprenticeship job vacancy or speak to a business and have them take you on as an apprentice.

We can support you through this process helping you with CV writing, interview tips and speaking to the business about the benefits of employing an apprentice.

We work with hundreds of employers every year developing vacancies and helping them recruit a workforce that will boost their business.

We have a wide range of apprenticeships available and specialise in different subjects across our campuses.

We specialise in a wide range of apprenticeships in construction, engineering, motor vehicle, marine, digital technology, catering, hair, early years, business, accounting and more across Cornwall and Devon.

If you don’t find the right vacancy contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@cornwall.ac.uk  They can then let you know about any vacancies that fit your interests in the future.

There  is a whole support network around you that will help you thrive and succeed in your chosen career.

Once you are an apprentice, this useful guide will help you on your journey.

Go to Apprentice Support Guide

Apprenticeships at Duchy College

Veterinary Nursing Diploma

  • Location – Duchy College Rosewarne
  • Duration – 2.5 Years   |   Work-based
  • Level – Level 3
  • Available Starts – As required
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Crop Technician Apprenticeship Standard

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Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

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Horticulture & Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship

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Horticulture & Landscape Operative Intermediate Apprenticeship

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General Farm Worker Apprenticeship Level 2

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Latest Vacancies

Find out more information and apply for vacancies on the GOV.UK Find an apprenticeship website.

Level 3 Early Years Apprentice

  • Level – Advanced
  • Close Date – 14th May
  • Start Date – 15th May
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Apprentice Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative

  • Level – Intermediate
  • Close Date – 17th May
  • Start Date – 28th May
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Business and Admin Apprenticeship

  • Level – Advanced
  • Close Date – 28th May
  • Start Date – 1st June
More info and apply online

Business Administrator Apprenticeship

  • Level – Advanced
  • Close Date – 26th May
  • Start Date – 9th June
More info and apply online

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Apprenticeship FAQs

Yes, all apprentices are paid. The minimum wage for apprentices is £5.28 per hour. However you may earn significantly more as you progress through your qualifications. If you are an apprentice aged 19+ you may also start at £5.28 per hour for the first year, after which your wage will increase to at least, the national minimum wage and may progress from there. If you are already employed and start an apprenticeship, your wage should not change.

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: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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