Andrew George MP has visited a group of Youth Work apprentices who are undertaking training through a new scheme to support Cornwall’s voluntary and community sector.
George heard from the apprentices, aged 18 to 24, about their ambitions to become community youth workers and why they chose apprenticeships as a career path.
The scheme was launched last month and they are already providing valuable roles at respective organisations across the region such as the YMCA and Devon and Cornwall Housing in Penzance, Young People Cornwall in Truro and Carefree Cornwall in Redruth.
George said: “I came away encouraged and inspired by them and I do wish them all well. Investing in skilled young people in the voluntary and community sector is an important area of work and it is vital that we have young people with the kind of enthusiasm and commitment which they clearly demonstrate.”
The pilot Youth Work Apprenticeship scheme is a joint initiative between three Cornish partner organisations. The Falmouth-based Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency is overseeing recruitment for the project, while Penwith Community Development Trust is the training provider and the Redruth-based Cornwall Youth Work Partnership has facilitated the apprenticeship work placements with its member organisations.