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Young apprentices and their employers celebrate

Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, chairman of the Cornwall Young Enterprise Board presented certificates

YOUNG people gathered to celebrate their achievement on the Unlocking Apprenticeships programme, starting on a path to success with many having already secured full apprentice positions with local employers.

Employers were present to share in the celebration and explain how well the apprenticeship model had worked for their companies and no celebration would have been complete without cake.

New apprentices who have taken part in the Unlocking Apprenticeships programme celebrate with their employers.

Unlocking Apprenticeships, run by Truro and Penwith College Business, gives young people a work trial with an employer seeking the perfect apprentice, alongside industry training and support.

Three quarters of the young people who completed this programme have already been offered paid apprenticeship positions by their employers, with the remaining quarter currently in the interview process.

Companies involved include Morgan’s Gym, Gloss Hair and Beauty, Budock Vean, Red Stars, Bouncers Nursery, Lang Bennetts Accountants and TLC Nails and Beauty.

Helen Hood, from Lang Bennetts Accountants, said: “It is a great opportunity to try someone out before you employ them. Katy is great and we have offered her a job and an apprenticeship.”

Little Stars Childcare said: “We were delighted to be part of this programme – I would highly recommend it. We are thrilled with Sian and Megan and have offered them both a full-time role with us.”

Sophie, of Budock Vean Hotel, added: “It has worked out brilliantly for us.”

Sue Lovell, manager at Truro and Penwith College Business, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have developed a great programme which works for both students and employers alike. These students have shown that there are some fantastic, motivated and enthusiastic young people, who are ready and willing to add real value to local businesses.”

Apprentices at the celebration included Katy Cooke, who has gained an apprenticeship with Lang Bennetts; Thomas McShannon, who is now working as an apprentice with NFU; Megan Herridge and Sian Herridge, who are both with Little Star Childcare; Shanei Carter, who has secured an apprenticeship with Mannas Diner; Ffion Lester, with The Health Spa, Budock Vean; Tammy Page, now with Gloss Hair Boutique, and Grace Oakley, who gained an apprenticeship with TLC Nails and Beauty.

Charlotte McCormick, Daniel Dawson and William Sowden all successfully completed the programme and are currently having interviews and Fahima Khanom is finishing her final weeks with the college.

Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, chairman of the Cornwall Young Enterprise Board, part of the regional committee of the Federation of Small Businesses, mentor on the Citizen for Life Programme, Truro city councillor and former mayor of Truro, awarded the certificates.

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