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A new campaign has been launched to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall Apprenticeships includes a new website, real time listings of apprentice vacancies, case studies and free advice and support to help small businesses discover how apprenticeships can boost skills and business performance.

The Campaign is a partnership between Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Skills Hub, Cornwall Council’s Economic Growth Service, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

www.cornwallapprenticeships.com is an easy-to-navigate website which includes a wealth of information, advice and support for employers and individuals, including success stories from local businesses already working with apprentices.

Cathie Kessell, Employment & Apprenticeship Officer at the Cornwall Council and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be launching this fantastic new resource for businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“Apprenticeships have changed a lot in recent years and we want to encourage small businesses to consider the apprenticeship route especially when 95% of training costs are met by the Government in most cases.

“Apprentices don’t have to be school leavers, they can be any age post 16 and they can be new or existing employees. It’s a really exciting option for both apprentice and employer.”