Eighteen-year old Brad Sutherland has moved from Northumberland where he studied IT to become the first apprentice at St Agnes-based, UKNetWeb.
Designed completely in partnership with business, the programme is designed to develop talented young people to meet the skills gap in programming and IT.
UKNetWeb director, Toby Parkins, said:Â â€œI think the whole idea of an apprenticeship is something that we have never considered before, but when Bradley approached me I thought this is a fantastic opportunity, especially because this is a new programme that has been developed by industry, business and Cornwall College.
â€œTrying to attract and recruit people with the right skills is particularly difficult, especially in IT, where some of the content and knowledge is moving at such a pace that you canâ€™t necessarily expect someone on a course which started three years ago to be completely up to date.
â€œThatâ€™s why the apprenticeship approach will help us to train a far more equipped and capable person.â€
Visit the Capacity Building page for more information on apprenticeship opportunities