Funded Courses

Some of our courses and programmes are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), investing in opportunity and development.


The following projects are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England ESF programme. Established by the European Union, ESF funds to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit the government website.

Access to Higher Level Skills

Aspirational individuals looking to enhance their knowledge and develop their careers are the focus of the Access to Higher Level Skills project thanks to a £1.5million grant to boost skills in the county.

This project, which is part of the ESF Widening Participation through Skills project, will deliver a range of Higher Skills Experiences designed to raise awareness and aspirations whilst supporting interested individuals to make an informed choice about their next step.

Experiences will include subject-specific tasters, professional skills seminars and workshops as well as a Higher Level Skills Day that will provide tips and techniques to prepare attendees for progression onto one of many Higher Level qualifications delivered by Truro and Penwith College.

Building on the successful ESF Convergence Raising Aspirations Programme, during which the College supported over 250 adults from across Cornwall to experience Higher Level study, the College will continue to work with local partners including businesses, Jobcentre Plus and community organisations to engage with aspirational individuals.

This new ESF project has been developed to support adults who have never previously considered studying at a Higher Level, or who are now ready to retrain or develop their career, to enhance their aspirations, confidence and understanding of local opportunities.

There will be support packages available to help individuals to access Higher Level study and access qualifications designed to fit around full or part time work.

For more information on the Higher Level Experiences and Courses offered through this project click here.