Truro and Penwith College has teamed with Imerys to launch a new apprenticeship scheme.

The partnership will see 12 learners start their Level 3 Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Maintenance Technician) apprenticeship at the college’s new multi-million-pound STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin this month.

The four-year programme will recruit 6-8 learners annually, directly tackling Imerys’s need for highly skilled professionals, allowing the firm to grow its own talent, address skills gaps and succession plan for an ageing workforce while providing quality entry-level careers in mid-Cornwall.

Nick Tillyer, Institute of Technology development leader at Truro and Penwith College, commented: “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.

“The college is always striving to work with the very best employers and as a world-leader in its field Imerys is no exception. It’s incredibly pleasing we’ve been able to continue to innovate and with our partnership approach add bespoke elements and adaptations to the apprenticeship programme to maximise results for Imerys.”

Imerys UK director, Mark Hewson, added: “Apprentices are the lifeblood of a large, complex operation such as Imerys. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn helps to shape the future of our organisation.”