1000 apprentices and counting

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Billy Bamforth (centre), the CAA’s 1000th apprentice, with employer Adrian Thomas of Mermaid Pleasure Trips and Bethany Allen of the CAA

A Cornish apprenticeship agency has exceeded its target after creating more than a thousand new apprenticeships within two years.

The opportunities were created by Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency (CAA) after a significant Government contract was secured which focused particularly on helping small businesses to grow.

Its skills brokers engaged with 4,800 businesses nationally – approximately 3,000 of which were in Cornwall – and analysed their skills needs to help employers take the next step to growing their workforce.

This bespoke service resulted in the recruitment of 1,021 apprentices across a wide range of sectors, 445 of whom were within Cornwall.

Steve Roberts of the CAA said: “This is a considerable achievement within two years. More and more employers, who may not have previously considered taking on an apprentice, are beginning to realise that the skills and financial benefits of an apprentice speak for themselves.”