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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 delivering apprenticeships in: Agriculture, Animal Care, Construction Plant Operations, Equine, Horticulture, Land-based Engineering, and Veterinary Nursing across Cornwall and Devon.

If you don’t find the right vacancy contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail  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.

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  Current Vacancies

Horticulture Apprentice with Trenython Manor Leisure

Closing date: July 25, 2022

What will the apprentice be doing? General Tidying and upkeep of grounds Grass cutting Strimming Hedge cutting Border upkeep Woodland maintenance Vegetation clearance Plant cultivation Chemical Spray

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Horticulture Apprentice with The Mount Kelly Foundation

Closing date: June 24, 2022

The lucky candidate would get involved with all the tasks that are required to keep the College grounds looking pristine. The main duties being:- – Mowing – Strimming – Hedge cutting

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Horticulture Apprentice with Cows and Sows

Closing date: September 5, 2022

The main duties will include: Mowing. Strimming. Pruning, Hedge cutting, digging. Weeding, cultivating the ground. Planting. Hard and soft landscaping. Turf laying. Seed sowing. Propagation in the p

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Livestock Technician Apprenticeship with Great Eddish Farm

Closing date: March 27, 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking for a career in the farming industry.  The position focuses on the animal care and welfare of cows and sheep, which will give you a chanc

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Level 3 Agriculture Apprentice with W J Heard

Closing date: September 5, 2022

Lutsford Farm is looking for someone who has the interest in building their agricultural experience and practical knowledge. A keen interest in livestock is essential, although you will gain a broad u

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Horticulture Apprenticeship with Muddy Wellies Gardens

Closing date: March 27, 2022

Muddy Wellies Gardens are offering an exciting opportunity to join their passionate and friendly team as a Horticulture Apprentice. You will gain valuable experience and knowledge along with an insigh

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Did you know, as part of the Cornwall College Group, we are the largest provider of apprenticeships in the region…


Apprentices supported in the last 10 years


Employers choose us to deliver their apprenticeships every year


of our apprentices are aged 19+

Figures are approximate and correct as of August 2021.


Do I get paid?

Yes, all apprentices are paid. The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £4.30 per hour. However you will earn significantly more as you progress through your qualifications (depending on the career route you choose). If you are an apprentice aged 19+ you will start at £4.81 per hour for the first year and then go on to the national minimum wage and progress from there. If you are already employed and start an apprenticeship, your wage should not change.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

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.

How many hours a week do I have to work?

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.

Is there an age limit for apprenticeships?

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

How long does an apprenticeship take?

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.

What time of year can I start?

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.

Can I do an apprenticeship with my current employer?

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

What are the new Apprenticeship Standards?

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.

How do I apply for a vacancy?

To enquire about a vacancy, contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail

To apply for a vacancy, follow the steps at:

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