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New Professional Development training for 2024/25

New Career and Professional Development training, delivered and backed by the best in the business.

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Published Wednesday 12 June 2024

The Future Skills Institute at Truro and Penwith College has announced its latest pioneering package of Career and Professional Development training to be delivered by its industry expert tutors in multi-million-pound state-of-the-art facilities from September.

The College’s 19+ career-driven learning options sit under its Future Skills Institute, with training and facilities developed in collaboration with employers and in line with Cornwall’s Local Skills Improvement Plan.

The training encompasses a huge range of professional qualifications, short courses, degrees at the University Centre Truro & Penwith and a targeted range of Apprenticeships to offer 300 training and skills solutions to boost businesses and careers.

The College’s range of Professional Development courses is available in more than 15 learning areas from Automotive, Engineering and Construction to Business, Education, Nursing and Computing.

A business women in glasses smiles down camera in a workshop with racks of parts blurred out in the background.
The College’s state-of-the-art facilities are developed in collaboration with employers

Professional training is backed by some of the best in the business. The College is Cornwall’s only professional training centre to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) for all of its Marketing, Human Resources and Leadership & Management qualifications.

Expanding the College’s highly regarded range of training has been a key focus ahead of the 2024/25 academic year, with options being boosted with the addition of The Coaching Leader, Presenting with Confidence, CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice and Psychological Safety in the Workplace courses. The trades also receive additional support with the addition of a range of Retrofit and Renewable courses, in keeping with the College’s significant investment to support sustainability and the future of Cornwall’s Construction Industry. Hospitality training is expanded to include the new CTH Level 2 Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionery Skills.

Many of the College’s professional training courses can be part or fully funded, subject to eligibility, with its advisors well versed on the Government’s Adult Skills Fund (ASF). For those who aren’t eligible, help and support is also available to secure Advanced Learner Loans that are not means tested and only repayable once an income threshold has been reached.

Charli Styles, Programme Team Leader of Future Skills at the College, commented: “Expanding the College’s highly regarded range of training in line with employer and learner need across professional short courses, qualifications and apprenticeships has been a key focus ahead of the 2024/25 academic year and we are delighted to launch the enhanced offer for September 2024.

“I’d strongly encourage employers and adults seeking to boost their skills to contact the College to explore the range of options and take advantage of our expert funding advice.”

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Donna studied the Level 3 ILM Award in Leadership and Management.

Donna, a Criminal Justice Recovery Worker, recently studied the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management at the College’s picturesque Tregye campus just outside of Truro, gaining the confidence and qualifications to apply for a new role, she commented: “I enjoyed the balance of the training and interactive exercises. The tutor was supportive and the course has given me a new confidence in my abilities, I have applied for a role that I now feel will give me career progression and self-satisfaction.”

The College’s industry expert Business Partnership Consultants are also set to continue working in partnership with employers to develop Bespoke Training Solutions that target specific business challenges and goals throughout 2024/25.

The unrivalled quality of the College’s apprenticeship programmes and employer partnerships was recognised earlier this year when it not only became Cornwall and Devon’s top College for apprenticeship achievement after the publication of Department for Education (DfE) data, but was also recognised as Cornwall’s only ‘Expert Apprenticeship Provider’, one of only five FE Colleges in the UK to have been awarded the status by the DfE.

The new package of training includes more than 30 Apprenticeship programmes delivered across the College’s campuses in Penzance, Truro and Bodmin. In addition to bespoke apprenticeships developed and delivered on behalf of specific employers, the College’s core range of apprenticeships has seen the addition of Multi-Channel Marketer, Accounts / Finance Assistant, Pastry Chef and Senior Production Chef qualifications in response to employer need.

The College’s ability to adopt and adapt apprenticeships to suit the need of local industry was evident while teaming up with Wildanet to develop and launch the South West’s first Telecoms Field Operative Apprenticeship.

Julie-Anne Sunderland, Chief People Officer at Wildanet said: “Our business requires some particularly specific skills and these were not readily available locally, so we had to think really creatively.

“We are delighted to be working with Truro and Penwith College, which has been particularly receptive to the idea of what we wanted to build and flexible in how we do that to develop a high-quality apprenticeship programme, supporting new talent and our highly skilled existing workforce.”

Apprentices from Wildanet join senior members of staff and the College for a group photo outside the new 'Wildanet Academy' building.
Wildanet has developed a bespoke apprenticeship programme with the College

The College’s partnerships with employers goes far beyond developing training, with its Partnership Pledge initiative encouraging employers of all sizes to offer work experience and employer engagement opportunities to inspire its student body, raise aspirations and awareness of the quality career routes available right here in Cornwall.

Delivered by industry expert tutors, the College’s high-quality training offer is backed by multi-million-pound facility investments that have been developed in partnership with employers to provide state-of-the-art industry-standard learning environments.

In addition to campuses in Truro and Penzance, the College’s new STEM and Health Skills Centre, Bodmin opened its doors just last September providing almost 30 Professional Development Courses, Apprenticeships and Access to University level courses locally in North and East Cornwall.

Training across all campuses targets county-wide need and Cornwall’s Local Skills Improvement Plan, with the College going as far as to offer newly developed training for employers local to its campuses with the addition of the Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship from its state-of-the-art Bodmin campus to service the many employers operating in the sector locally.

Discover the latest training at and for help and advice on the range of options and funding available contact or 01872 308000.

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