Truro and Penwith College has reinforced its position in the UK’s top 10 for Apprenticeship achievement as learners on the Business Administration and Team Leader Supervisor Apprenticeships achieved distinction grades, the highest grade possible.
The 20 Apprentices, who work in businesses across Cornwall, are the first to remotely take part in their awarding body’s End Point Assessments (EPA), since moving to online learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Outstanding levels of support from tutors, employers, the College’s ground-breaking remote learning model and its Connected College initiative have culminated in making the exceptional levels of achievement possible.
Adele Bull, Programme Team Leader for Business and Professional training at the College, commented: “The recent results for our first Apprenticeship groups to have completed their assessments remotely are nothing short of incredible.
“A distinction grade is only achieved by the very best Apprentices who produce outstanding portfolio work throughout their course and back that up with a top performance at EPA, which is all the more impressive when you consider these Apprentices moved to remote learning in the middle of their course.
“The College is committed to providing a quality experience; results of this nature not only enforce the standard of teaching, but also the exceptional support of our employers, whose teams will now benefit from developing these highly skilled managers and administrators at what is a crucial time for their businesses and the wider Cornish economy”.
The College has ensured remote learning doesn’t get in the way of the Apprentices celebrating their achievements, keeping everyone connected with remote graduation celebrations over Microsoft Teams.
Business Administration Apprentice George Griffin from Flynqy Pilot Training said: “Remote learning was different but in some ways I preferred it. The College’s support was outstanding and was there when I needed help with final deadlines, projects and revision.
”I have developed skills I can apply to my job such as planning and completing projects; I am currently working on digitalising admin processes at Flynqy and mentoring our new Business Administration Apprentice”.
Apprenticeship Achievement rates published by the Department for Education (DfE) earlier this year placed Truro and Penwith College in the top 10 of all College providers in the UK, with an achievement rate that is almost 17% above the national average.
The results of the DfE’s latest Employer Satisfaction Survey in 2019 ranked Truro and Penwith as Cornwall’s top College provider for employer satisfaction and one of the top providers across the South West.