College rapidly expands its traineeship offer in response to July economic statement. - Software Cornwall

Truro and Penwith College has welcomed and outlined a rapid response to the Chancellor’s economic statement with its opportunities for employers affected by Covid-19 and individuals in employment and apprenticeships, or seeking to get into either.

College Principal David Walrond said: “This institution is completely woven into Cornwall’s socio-economic fabric and such a major part of it. The individuals, families and businesses affected by Covid are the people we all work with and for. There are great challenges ahead for Cornwall with such significant threats to employment and to jobs with training. We are ideally placed as a college to meet them in our many partnerships. We intend to ensure that the government support and interventions available have the full impact intended for them.”

The College has a wide range of apprenticeships across 44 occupational areas to support employers and some of the most successful apprenticeship success rates nationally. This is greatly enhanced by its recent approval as the only Cornish partner of the South West Institute of Technology, with routes through to higher level apprenticeships in digital and engineering and the potential to assist greatly in the planned recovery from the pandemic crisis. The College is also playing a leading role in developing the skills needed in health sciences and social care. With the additional financial incentives through the government’s announcement, the College is looking forward to working even more closely with local employers to design bespoke solutions.

For those young people who were hoping to access employment or who may be faced with an apprenticeship which has fallen through, the College will be rapidly expanding its traineeship offer. This part of its offer is also supported though the Chancellor’s economic statement, with a £1,000 incentive for employers to be involved. It is particularly useful for anyone considering an apprenticeship who would like to get more experience first.

The traineeship is completed between college attendance and work experience with a local employer. The course content is tailored to individual career needs and aims. All these are additional to full and wide range of existing technical and vocational courses offered at Truro and Penwith College which, from September, include the new T Levels in Planning and Construction, Education and Childcare and Digital Production, Design and Development.

The College’s Business team now works with over 400 employers and can offer bespoke courses and advice, with additional support available through the College’s range of European Social Fund projects. The ESF investment secured by the College means that it can offer careers guidance and practical support for individuals looking to develop their career, re-train or start a business and offer employers financial assistance with workforce development. Local businesses can also be supported to inform and co-design new training programmes to address industry skills needs and aid economic recovery and growth.

The College welcomes conversations with employers and individuals on how it can help work together in securing a recovered economy and meeting individual aspirations.

Learners and individuals in need of support and information are encouraged to contact or 01872 267000. Employers seeking further information and advice should contact; or 01872 242711.