CCB Training, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), has signed up more than 1,200 new apprentices between September 2017 and today.
CCB Training noted the influx of students as the latest figures published by the Department for Education (DfE) showed provisional starts for the first quarter of 2017/2018, covering the months of August, September and October, were down 26% nationally compared to the same quarter the previous year.
“As the largest provider of apprenticeships in the South West, we have helped nurtured approximately 15,000 apprentices over the past 10 years,” commented Raoul Humphreys, principal of TCCG.
“We currently have 3,400 apprentices on programmes and we are committed to supporting our apprentices throughout their career journeys. As a result of our dedication and commitment to apprenticeships, we are delighted to be shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award at the very first AAC Apprenticeship Awards.”
Those shortlisted in each category were recognised at a prestigious reception, at the start of National Apprenticeships Week (NAW) 2018 on 5 March at the House of Commons. At the reception, regional winners were crowned in the ‘apprentice employer’, ‘apprenticeship provider’ and ‘promoting apprenticeships campaign’ categories.
The national results for the AAC Apprenticeship Awards, in association with CMI, will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Annual Apprenticeships Conference in Birmingham on 22 March.
TCCG continues to celebrate apprenticeships with its ground-breaking event for apprentices and their employers, which will test them in a day of challenges and competition.
The Apprenticeship Games, sponsored by The Centre of Housing Support (CHS), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub and The University of Exeter, take place at Cornwall College St Austell during NAW 2018 on 7 March.
Teams from the South West’s leading employers compete in a series of exciting, interactive challenges to showcase their skills developed by engaging with young people and businesses from across the region.
Sally Foard, group director of development at TCCG and head of CCB Training, said the idea was to create a fun and engaging event that cut through the noise created by the new apprenticeship structures.
“This is about different businesses and apprentices representing a wealth of vital sectors for the region’s economy coming together to celebrate the thing they all have in common, an understanding of the value of apprenticeships,” she explained.