CORNWALL College Business has teamed up with a local company to introduce a new apprenticeship programme.
Blue Flame, a Penryn-based specialist in heating solutions, said it approached Cornwall College Business (CBB) when the company that was responsible for providing apprentices pulled out of its existing agreement.
Simon Foxhall, director at Blue Flame Cornwall, said: "In early August 2013, just four weeks before our apprentice term start date, our existing training provider cancelled the gas apprenticeship for 2013-14.
"Without CCB's assistance we could not have delivered six new apprenticeships and opportunities for others to follow suit."
Blue Flame was recently voted the Best Medium Employer in the National Apprenticeship Awards and each year the company takes on new apprentices.
Bob Harris, deputy head of the faculty of technology at Cornwall College, said: "When we found out that Blue Flame were struggling with their gas apprenticeship programme we seized the opportunity to work with them. We are always open to offering courses that are led by market demand, especially when it means that we can develop new relationships with businesses.
"We are hoping this new partnership with Blue Flame will work both ways and they can also update our staff here on new and upcoming industry and product developments."