Career Consultation Scheme for 18-24-year-olds

The College has launched a Career Consultation scheme to support 18-24-year-olds to launch their careers and in turn help to tackle rising unemployment levels.

Careers Coordinator Tim Moody at his desk.

Careers Coordinator Tim Moody is part of the team providing the careers consultations

Truro and Penwith College is inviting 18-24-year-olds, regardless of their employment status, to attend a free Careers Consultation with one of the College’s trained careers coordinators to discuss their ambitions and opportunities.

Following the consultation, the College will use its links with Cornwall’s top employers to help arrange a relevant Traineeship that supports young people to launch their career.

Traineeships offer high-quality work placements, lasting between six weeks and one year and placements include training and skills that support progression to Apprenticeship jobs or full-time work.

Anyone interested in accessing the support is encouraged in the first instance to email Julian Roberts, Team Leader of the College’s Personal Professional Development team, at julianroberts@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

The news comes just weeks after the College’s careers guidance programme was recognised as one of the best in the UK after it achieved the newly reformed, ‘Quality Careers Standard’ from Investors in Careers for; ‘outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance’.

The College was one of the first in the UK to offer Traineeships in 2014 and has since been recognised as a national leader and example of best practice by NIACE (National Institute for Adult Continuing Education).

Julian commented: “The pandemic has contributed to rising unemployment levels and young people find themselves among the hardest hit.

“The College is delighted to offer the Career Consultation Scheme to young people anywhere in Cornwall. We hope to see many of those who complete Traineeships progressing onto Apprenticeships or full-time work over the next twelve months”.

We hope to see many of those who complete Traineeships progressing onto Apprenticeships or full-time work over the next twelve months

Julian Roberts, Team Leader of the College's Personal Professional Development Team

The College is also currently consulting with employers in response to the £126 million Traineeship boost announced by the Chancellor in the 2021 Budget.

The Treasury aims to fund 40,000 new Traineeship placements with a £1,000 employer incentive that is available for the next twelve months.

Apprenticeship employers are also in line for more financial support with incentives for hiring a new Apprentice set to double in some cases to £3,000.

Prior to the 2021 Budget employers recruiting new Apprentices aged 16-24 would receive £2,000 and £1,500 for Apprentices who are 25 and over.

New government funding will see this rise to £3,000 regardless of the Apprentice’s age and is in addition to a £1,000 grant also available to those employing Apprentices aged 16-18 or under 25 with an education, health and care plan.

Hayley McKinstry, quality development manager at Truro and Penwith College commented: “The College welcomes Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plans to increase employer incentives for hiring new Apprentices along with the £126 million investment in Traineeships.

“This funding will be incredibly valuable to our employer partners given the difficulties they have faced over the last twelve months. Alongside the government funding 95% of Apprenticeship training costs for SMEs and Apprenticeship levy pots funding training for larger employers, this investment will help safeguard vital opportunities for young people”.

Employers in need of support are invited to contact Truro and Penwith College Business on 01872 305500 or business@truro-penwith.ac.uk.