National recognition for careers guidance programme

Truro and Penwith College has been awarded the national ‘Quality in Careers Standard’, recognising its careers guidance programme as one of the best in the UK.

The College is one of the first in the country to have achieved the newly reformed accreditation that was awarded this week for ‘outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)’. 

Investors in Careers assessed the College to have successfully met or exceeded national targets issued by the Department for Education (DfE), that since reform now include eight ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’. 

The Benchmarks set out a series of support options that Truro and Penwith College provides students as part of its outstanding careers guidance programme, including personal guidance for every student, advice that incorporates real labour market information, work experience opportunities and strong links between taught curriculum and careers. 

The Investors in Careers report published with the award stated that the College has a ‘clear strategic vision, strong commitment and effective management of CEIAG, providing a cohesive approach to careers, employability and information and guidance... as well as working collaboratively to deliver work placements, work experience and employer links’. 

A tutor supporting a student with a one-to-one careers advice session

Careers Coordinaror Tim Moody at a careers advice session earlier this year

Former College student Cameron McKenzie, is in his second year at the University of West England where he is pursuing a career in diagnostic radiography. 

Cameron commented: “After my GCSEs I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue. I was really interested in medicine and science, and whilst completing my applied medical science diploma I had a careers conversation with the careers coordinator Tim Moody. 

“Tim looked at my interests and what I was looking for in a career, introduced me to diagnostic radiography and the courses I could study at university. Since this conversation I have come out of college with a triple distinction star and am currently in my second year of university studying and loving diagnostic radiography!” 

Tim Moody, Careers Coordinator at the College said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised with the Quality in Careers Standard, it is evidence of an incredible amount of hard work by the College’s careers and student services teams. 

“Cameron is a fantastic example of a very capable student who has benefitted from careers guidance to help his direction and ambition, and I'm really pleased he is enjoying the pursuit of his career. 

“It is inspiring to work with and support such a wide range of students who progress onto such varied careers and progression routes, from future doctors and health professionals moving onto university and site managers and engineers looking to study Apprenticeships, T Levels and other vocational options”. 

Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at the College said: “The Award is further evidence that the College is not only committed to providing students with an outstanding learning experience to achieve the best possible grades, but that it is equally committed to ensuring that learning is linked to local and national labour markets, outstanding career prospects and strong progression opportunities. 

“I’d like to thank all members of staff for their hard work and commitment to this programme and for the significant work that has gone into preparing for, and successfully completing the assessment”.  

Bob Crossland, Chair of Governors at the College commented: “Governors are delighted that the College has achieved the Quality in Careers Standard. The support and motivation provided by the careers guidance programme is a key part of the College’s learning experience and has a huge impact on the aspirations of our students, contributing to their future success and that of our communities”.  

Students who are interested in studying at Truro and Penwith College are encouraged to apply online now at truro-penwith.ac.uk where they can also explore their learning options, watch videos from tutors, take virtual tours of the College and send queries to tutors through the College’s Virtual Penwith College or Virtual Truro College pages.