New partnership in Cornwall creates engineering apprenticeship opportunities 

A unique partnership between Truro and Penwith College and Imerys is set to bring forth a groundbreaking apprenticeship program. Twelve learners are embarking on their Level 3 Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Maintenance Technician) Apprenticeship at the College’s new, cutting-edge STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin this September. 

Imerys has played a pivotal role in shaping the Engineering facilities at the STEM and Health Skills Centre already. And this is more than just an apprenticeship; it’s a gateway to a world of opportunities and a brighter future for Cornwall’s aspiring engineers. 

Six to eight learners will be enrolled on the four-year programme each year, directly addressing Imerys’s need for highly skilled professionals. This initiative not only bridges skills gaps but also focuses on nurturing local talent and ensuring a future-ready workforce in mid-Cornwall. 

Tailored learning experience 

To align with Imerys’s specific requirements, the apprenticeship has been customised. The learners will spend their first quarter in full-time study and training at the College, preparing them for a seamless transition into the workplace. Their studies will continue with gradually reduced intensity, ensuring they are fully prepared for their roles. 

Enthusiasm abounds 

Nick Tillyer, Institute of Technology development leader at Truro and Penwith College, expresses excitement about this venture: “The College is thrilled to formally announce this innovative new partnership that not only benefits Imerys’s apprentices but all Engineering learners attending the new STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin.” 

A world of opportunities awaits beyond Cornwall

Imerys offers a diverse range of career opportunities for apprentices, spanning various sectors such as advanced ceramics, building materials, animal care, crop production, and cosmetics. Apprentices will play a vital role in supporting the maintenance of state-of-the-art technical equipment.   

Mark Hewson, Imerys UK Director, emphasised the significance of apprenticeships: “Apprentices are the lifeblood of a large, complex operation such as Imerys. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn help shape the future of our organisation. The sky really is the limit for the right person.” 

Thinking of starting an apprenticeship in 2024?

Truro and Penwith College is currently accepting applications for the September 2024 intake. If you are eager to embark on an exciting journey towards a rewarding engineering career in Cornwall, now is the time to get in touch. 

Employers and learners interested in starting a program can reach out to the College at They are ready to assist you in shaping your future in the dynamic field of engineering. 

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