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, a new £2,000 employer bonus, the flexibility to train current staff or add capacity plus the wide range of programmes available.

UPDATE: Tue 28 July 2020. Originally published in June, this article has been updated to include key information from the Chancellor's July Economic Update.

A construction worker

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

Apprenticeships are a key part of the College’s Business Support Package, recently launched with its new 2020/21 Business Training Solutions brochure.

Details of the Support Package and the College’s latest range of Apprenticeship programmes can be found online and in the new brochure, which is available to download: www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/businesssupport.

July’s Economic Statement saw the Chancellor announce a “brand-new bonus” of up to £2,000 for employers who recruit Apprentices between August 20 and January 21.

Thanks to a £695 million Government scheme introduced in 2018, the College’s Business Development Advisors have been ensuring SME employers only pay for 5% of their Apprenticeship training costs, while also supporting large employers to unlock the funding available in their Apprenticeship levy.

Advisors are available to support all employers and appointments can be made by contacting 01872 242711 or emailing business@truro-penwith.ac.uk.   

Businesses have and will continue to face new challenges throughout their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 student getting work experience in an office setting

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

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

The College is recommending 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 and communications 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

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.

Apprentice hairdressers cutting clients hair in salon

The College offers over 40 Apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of sectors

“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.”

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 is recognised as the best provider of Hair and Beauty Apprenticeships in the UK after being awarded 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.