Construction, Health and Science boost with £48.5 million investment in new T Level qualifications

Truro and Penwith College, the only provider of the new technical T Level qualification in Cornwall, has been awarded a share of £48.5 million to invest in new, state-of-the-art learning facilities at its campuses in Truro and Penzance.

The College’s Construction and Science departments are to be recipients of the investment with new construction areas, plus state-of-the-art science laboratories to be developed.

The investment will support the provision of two brand-new T Level qualifications available at the College from September 2021 in Construction and Health and Science.

Truro and Penwith College is one of seven colleges in the South West which have been awarded the Department for Education (DfE) investment to ensure young people studying pioneering T Level qualifications have access to the cutting-edge facilities and equipment they need to get ahead.

In Health and Science, two, large laboratories with experiment and technician areas will be created with space to deliver theory and laboratory work across the disciplines. This sector is a fast-growing skills and employment sector in the region and Truro and Penwith College is at the forefront of this expansion. In addition these will provide excellent progression routes for those wishing to study nursing related courses and apprenticeships including degree level locally in Truro and the new STEM and Health centre in Bodmin.

In Construction, the investment will fund the building of a new Construction trades area at Truro College, to recognise the growing importance of this sector in the local economy. In 2020 the College saw a large increase in students entering its construction trades provision and this growth is forecast to continue.

As well as new construction and carpentry bays for students to practise their skills, additional industry-ready construction tools and equipment will be installed, ensuring students are as career ready as possible after completing their course.

Praising the DfE investment in T Levels, Truro and Penwith College Principal Martin Tucker said: “The Construction, Health and Science sectors are key employment areas for the south west region, recognised by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership as pivotal to the socio-economic regeneration of Cornwall post pandemic.

“The College is delighted with this recognition from Government of the importance of these sectors to the future prosperity of Cornwall, and with its continued investment in the vocational T-Level qualification, which our student numbers show is becoming a very popular post-16 choice for young people in Cornwall.

“This investment supports Truro and Penwith College’s outstanding levels of teaching and learning, and colleagues and I look forward to seeing students from across Cornwall using these brand-new learning environments and gaining essential skills for the industries of the future.”

Truro and Penwith College is among 49 post-16 providers to secure the government funding ahead of the roll-out of new T Levels courses in September 2021. The new technical qualifications - equivalent to three A Levels - combine classroom study with industry placements so students gain the skills and experience they need to progress into work, further study or an apprenticeship.

The first three T Levels were introduced in September 2020 – in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design and Development and Education and Childcare.

A further seven T Levels will be available from September 2021, in subjects including Health and Science and Construction.

To find out more about these qualifications, please visit the T Levels page or download the College's T Level brochure.