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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.

Go to Apprentice Support Guide

  Current Vacancies

Agriculture apprentice with David Brown and Linda Brown

Closing date: February 21, 2022

The role is an opportunity for someone who loves cows to come in, learn and receive training and grow, progressing their career within the industry. You will be part of a larger team who have plenty

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Horticulture Apprentice with Trewarthenick Farms Estate

Closing date: January 4, 2022

The lucky candidate would get involved with all aspects of the estate maintenance. The main duties will include: Grass cutting Preparing and maintaining raised beds General tidying and upkeep of the

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Horticulture Apprenticeship with Lanhydrock Garden Services Ltd

Closing date: January 5, 2022

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a small business working in a variety of garden settings. We provide a range of services, many of which are listed below.  These range from one off j

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Equine Groom Apprentice with Lowton Livery and Rehabilitation

Closing date: December 8, 2021

As an Equine Groom Apprentice, you will be part of our team who manage the daily care and provide treatment for the horses we have at our yard. High standards of care and welfare are para

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Equine Apprentice with Duchy College

Closing date: December 2, 2021

As an Equine Apprentice, you will be part of our yard team who manage the daily care of the horses in the college equestrian centre. High standards of care and welfare are paramount and also the desir

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Horse Care Apprentice with Cholwell

Closing date: December 10, 2021

Cholwell Riding Stables is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join them as an equine apprentice. This role is excellent for those individuals who have a clear passion for working with horses and me

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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 £4.30 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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Upcoming events

Open Event at Duchy College Rosewarne

29 January 2022, 10:00-12:00

Discover our courses, apprenticeships, tour our campuses and meet our amazing team at one of our Open Days! Our Open Event is the first step to finding the perfect apprenticeship, college or university course for you. You can hear from our tutors, view our incredible facilities and get your first

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Horticulture Recruitment Event

1 February 2022, 17:00-19:00

Do you have the ability to share your skills and knowledge with future horticulturists? Could you see yourself playing a part in shaping the lives of our students and helping them to achieve their career goals? We are looking for a motivated and proactive lecturer to deliver inspiring lessons to our

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Taster Day at Duchy College Rosewarne

23 February 2022, 10:00-15:00

Try a subject before you apply!  If you are a year 10 or 11 student, our taster days are your chance to get a taste of what college is really like.  You will meet our expert teaching staff, experience real course activities and try out the equipment, plus meet other potential students so there

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