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Council apprentices get beach cleaning

Published: July 18, 2016

The Cornwall College Group event

A group of apprentices from Cornwall Council have been getting their hands dirty and helping to clean the rubbish off a beach in West Cornwall. The group, who are studying a business admin qualification with Cornwall College, descended on Gwithian armed with black bags and rubber gloves.

The event was organised by apprentice Callum Rosser, he said:“I organised the event because as an apprentice I thought I should get to know the other apprentices, working at the council. That way we could trade story’s and trade tips to help each other out as we progress towards our chosen career. Throughout the whole process of organising the event I received a lot of support; I was having meetings to catch up with the other apprentices and our leader.”

In a few hours the group managed to collect 5 large bin bags full of rubbish, some fishing equipment and lots of rope; all of which had been washed up on the shoreline.

Callum added: “I believe we were very successful mainly because of the positive attitude that everyone brought with them. We manged to get five full bags of litter that day and I’d say the pasties at lunch really help us achieve this!”

The Cornwall College Group which incorporates Duchy College, Falmouth Marine School, Bicton College and Cornwall College Business (CCB) are the largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds in the South West.  Currently there are over 100 vacancies in a range of subject areas including agriculture, business, construction and the built environment, engineering, hairdressing, horticulture, and hospitality and catering; IT in a range of levels from intermediate to higher level.

If you are interested in learning more about apprenticeships in Cornwall and the opportunities they can represent, there is an information event at New county Hall on Monday 25th July.

“We want to develop our own workforce for the future and so are looking for skilled and talented people to join us as apprentices” said Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People.  “With some apprenticeship qualifications available to degree level, for many this is a route to a quality well paid job without doing a traditional university degree. Many businesses now see the benefit of recruiting apprentices but there is a shortage of young people applying for current vacancies.”

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