College in top 10%

Achievement rates for apprenticeship programmes show Truro and Penwith College is in the top 10% of all 173 College providers nationally.

Apprentices at their induction day in September

Achievement rates for apprenticeship programmes, just published by the Department for Education (DfE), show Truro and Penwith College is in the top 10% of all 173 College providers nationally, with achievement rates more than 12% above the national average of all providers in the UK.

The College’s apprenticeship programmes continue to grow in both popularity and specialisms with over 600 apprentices now training in over 50 areas.

The exceptional achievement rates reported cover the 2017/18 academic year, and come at a time when the College is moving many of its apprenticeships from traditional ‘frameworks’ to new ‘standards’ that have been developed as part of the government’s target of 3 million Apprentices training in the UK by 2020.

Impressively the College has already seen 100% pass rates in brand new apprenticeship standards that it has introduced for the 2018/19 academic year in supply chain warehousing and digital marketing, with team leader apprentices looking set to join them will all learners to submit their final projects passing to date.

Matthew Sampson from Mitchell and Webber, Scorrier and James Gunningham from Imerys Minerals, St Austell, were recently awarded distinction grades for the supply chain warehousing apprenticeship after achieving distinctions in all of their assessments at the College.

“We are all very happy about the results” said James; “I would really like to thank the College for all the help they’ve given me over the last year. Imerys as a whole is also very grateful, and hopes the success continues with my colleagues who will be taking their assessments in the near future.”

The news comes just days after the College was announced as Cornwall’s only education provider in Institute of Technology of the South West. Catering for up to 2,500 students, in apprenticeship and full-time courses from post-16 level to Masters degree level, the Institute will deliver high quality technical training with unique collaborations between universities, further education colleges and leading employers to help put the region at the forefront of digital and engineering education across the UK.

Truro and Penwith College’s rapidly expanding apprenticeship provision has also been boosted by the recent news that the government has cut the cost of employing an apprentice in half as of 1 April, a move that was welcomed by Cornish employers and is expected to stimulate an increase in apprenticeship opportunities across Cornwall.

Mark Holden Proprietor of the Victoria Inn Roche and Threemilestone said: “Anything that makes it easier or more appealing for businesses to provide training opportunities for local people is a great move. The Cornish hospitality sector benefits from a wide range of apprenticeship schemes that provide fantastic long-term opportunities to develop people. This cost reduction can only help to open up more of these opportunities across the region”.

Andy Stittle, Director for Teaching and Learning said “Increasingly students are opting for an apprenticeship programme either as a school leaver at 16 or to a higher level apprenticeship programme after their time at College. This data illustrates the effectiveness of college partnerships with employers and illustrates how high quality educational and training stretches across the whole of the College’s vocational, work based and academic curriculum.”