Cornwall’s very best apprentices and apprenticeship employers have been announced as votes open for the 2022 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Cornwall’s very best apprentices and apprenticeship employers have been announced with the publication of the 2022 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards shortlist.

The ever-popular public vote for the Achiever of the Year category returns, providing members of the public with the opportunity to vote for their winner of the category that recognises learners who have overcome a personal challenge or adversity.

After a dazzling post-pandemic return in 2021, the annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards is returning for the seventh time in 2022, in partnership with DL Accounts Ltd, supported by Pirate FM and with media partners Cornwall Live and Business Cornwall.

42 nominees have been shortlisted across 16 categories for the awards evening, hosted by Pirate FM’s Holly Day and Neil Caddy on 18 November. The full shortlist is available at

The Achiever of the Year category awards an apprentice who has overcome personal challenge or adversity to successfully complete their Apprenticeship training and make valuable contributions to their employer.

The inspirational stories of the 2022 Achiever of the Year nominees; Rachael Carter, Ruth Dowling and Lois Craze can be found at; where members of the public can vote for their winner – voting closes on 18 September.

Described as ‘a role model to young children’ 17-year-old Leah Richards from Byrne Black Belt Academy was awarded Achiever of the Year in 2021.

Leah struggled at school and College but her personality shone through at her martial arts classes at the Academy, leading to her being offered an apprenticeship in Customer Service where she excelled, not only supporting new students but teaching her own classes and filming 75-hours of videos to keep students active and entertained during the various Covid-19 lockdowns.

Now in its seventh year, the annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards continues to grow and is well established as one of the leading training awards in the South West.

Nineteen local and national organisations have come out in force to support the 2022 Awards and the positive impact apprenticeships are having on learners, businesses and communities.

Martin Tucker, Principal at Truro and Penwith College commented; “We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the seventh annual Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards.

“Apprenticeships are a key part of Cornwall’s Economic Strategy to deliver a high-quality workforce and career opportunities. 2022 is an exciting time for Apprenticeships at the College with recent multi-million-pound infrastructure investments aiding curriculum development and boosting future skills.

“For apprenticeships to deliver economically they need to be of the highest quality. The Awards present a perfect opportunity to recognise that quality and we look forward to celebrating county-wide success on 18 November.”


Anyone seeking advice on apprenticeship training programmes, or for opportunities to get involved in the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards should contact the Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeship team on 01872 305500 or email  

For more information about the 2022 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards visit

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