Truro & Penwith students recognised at Tribute Estate Awards

By Chris Gill in Events

DARREN Dunstan (Threemilestone) and Chris Linne (Newquay) from Truro and Penwith College have been recognised in the Apprentice of the Year category at St Austell Brewery’s annual Tribute Estate Awards.

The Awards, now in their 17th year, were held at The Great Western Hotel in Newquay and were attended by shortlisted nominees from the Brewery’s 178-strong estate of pubs and hotels in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

The Apprentice of the Year category, introduced for the first time in 2017, was awarded to 17 year old Darren Dunstan: “It was such a great achievement winning this award, I definitely think my passion and enthusiasm for what I do, including my interest in photography helped me to win it. Without the continued support from my colleagues at The Victoria Inn, it wouldn’t have been possible!”

Darren is an Apprentice Chef De Partie at St Austell Brewery’s tenanted pub, the Victoria Inn, Threemilestone, who were also presented the Customer Service Award on the evening. Darren is currently completing his Professional Cookery Level 2 Apprenticeship with Truro and Penwith College and was offered the place after completing a week’s work experience at the pub. Not only has his exceptional work in the kitchen contributed to winning the award, but his additional commitment to help market the Victoria Inn through weekly blogs and photography.

The Victoria Inn has been in partnership with Truro and Penwith College for four years. Proprietor, Mark Holden said: “We use the business team at Truro and Penwith College as an integral part of our staff development. The training on offer covers such a wide variety of skills which helps within our business which has so many different aspects to it, we can’t speak any higher of the Apprenticeship scheme.”

Also recognised in the Apprentice of the Year category was Chris Linne, another Apprentice in a Chef De Partie role at The Victoria Inn. Chris was one of the three nominees shortlisted and was highly commended on the evening due to his “passion and commitment in the kitchen”. Chris has now completed his Apprenticeship and has continued working at the Victoria Inn after gaining permanent employment.

Estate Director of St Austell Brewery, Adam Luck said: “We work hard to nurture and develop young local talent in all areas of our business, so it makes total sense to include a category that celebrates their achievements at our annual awards with the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category”.

To celebrate Apprenticeship Week, Truro and Penwith College are holding information events for learners on the 4 and 11 March, and a special conference event for employers to help them understand the Apprenticeship Levy and Reforms planned for 2017, on 7 March. Booking is required, for more information visit

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