Apprenticeships a key part of recovery

Truro and Penwith College Business believes Apprenticeships will play a key role in COVID-19 recovery thanks to significant government investment, the flexibility to train current staff or add capacity and the wide range of programmes available.

Thanks to a £695 million government scheme introduced in 2018 SME employers are only required to pay 5% of Apprenticeship training costs, and with large employers constantly building their Apprenticeship Levy, Apprenticeships are one of the most cost-effective training options.

Businesses have and will continue to face new challenges throughout their recovery from COVID-19. It is important to remember that Apprenticeships can be used to upskill current staff in preparation for these challenges and develop skills that enable them to add capacity in other areas of their business.

A construction worker

The College's Construction Apprenticeships will add vital capacity as sites reopen.

Many businesses have identified opportunities, discovered new revenue streams or are in the process of reopening after COVID-19 and will benefit from the added capacity a new Apprentice can bring to ensure this trend continues.

The College is recommending its employers consider Apprenticeships to support in a range of areas such as:

  • Recruiting digital marketing Apprentices to add capacity and ensure any spikes in online sales continue post COVID-19
  • Using management and business improvement Apprenticeships to upskill current managers and give them the tools and confidence they need to tackle challenges post COVID-19
  • Recruit administration Apprentices to provide the added capacity managers need to get their departments up and running and introduce more efficient and effective business processes
  • Construction, engineering and manufacturing Apprentices will be crucial to these sectors as construction sites and manufacturing facilities return to full capacity and need to ramp up their output

Truro and Penwith College offers more than 40 Outstanding Apprenticeship programmes across a wide range of sectors and job roles.

A student getting work experience in an office setting

Business & professional Apprenticeships will support digital marketing, administration and financial operations to name a few.

The College’s Business Development Advisors (BDAs) are here to help employers identify the best programmes for their business, advise on the Apprenticeship Levy, training costs and funding opportunities.

Tom Moran, customer development manager at Truro and Penwith College commented: “Recent months have been a very challenging time for everyone, but we have seen some positive outcomes. Online learning for example has provided employers with a level of flexibility that will see benefits throughout our recovery and many of our Apprentices have continued to work and make vital contributions across Cornwall.

“The College’s support and commitment to its employer partners is as strong as ever, as we strive to ensure that the 2020/21 academic year is remembered for the recovery of our resilient and vibrant business community. The Business Development team has been working with employers throughout lockdown and we have continued to receive a strong number of candidate applications for Apprenticeships. I would encourage all businesses to make contact with us to ensure they understand the funding support and benefits Apprenticeships can offer throughout their recovery”.

The team at Truro and Penwith College Business can be contacted on 01872 242711 and business@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Engineering apprentice investigating machinery

Truro and Penwith College Apprentices are expected to add capacity to the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Truro and Penwith College was ranked as the top FE and Tertiary College provider of Apprenticeships in Cornwall, thanks to the results of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Employer Satisfaction Survey in 2019.

National achievement rates published by the DfE in 2020 show the College is in the top 10 of all 167 College providers in the UK and it was recognised as the best provider of Hair and Beauty Apprenticeships in the UK at the AAC Awards at ICC Birmingham in March 2020.

Truro and Penwith College has lent its strong support to the Association of College’s major national plan for economic recovery ‘Rebuild: A skills-led recovery plan’ and is actively encouraging all Cornish MPs to do the same.