National recognition for Truro and Penwith College Apprenticeships

Truro and Penwith College is proving it’s a cut above after being unveiled as a finalist in the Hair and Beauty category of a prestigious national awards.

Staff and students celebrating the shortlist announcement

Staff and students celebrate the shortlist announcement

The College has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year category at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020. The awards are open to all Apprenticeship providers and employers across the country to celebrate the very best education providers that the UK has to offer.

Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College has seen significant growth in its Apprenticeship provision, with student numbers more than doubling over a five-year period. The College’s Hair and Beauty department is one that has been at the forefront of this growth with a staggering 1125% increase in student numbers over the same period. 

The announcement comes in the same term that Truro College’s Hair and Beauty department unveiled new salons and training rooms, which have undergone a significant investment and modernisation programme, bringing kit and equipment well up to and beyond current industry standard levels.

One of the College's newly refurbished Inspiration salons

The College has recently refurbished its Inspiration training salons

The College’s nomination for the AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2020 highlights its partnership approach; working with local employers and awarding body VTCT to ensure employers are fully up-to-date with the latest training. This includes providing the opportunity to attend mock assessments so learners can get the best possible support and development in pursuit of professional qualifications.

Judges from FE Week and the Association of Education and Learning Providers noted the opportunity employers have been given to influence the development of a Summer School programme for Apprentices at the College. The programme now takes place annually over an eight-week period and focuses on developing knowledge, understanding and skills in cutting and colouring. Apprentice feedback from this programme is extremely positive, improving confidence and effectiveness in the workplace while employers report an increase in productivity.

Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies at Truro and Penwith College, said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted as a national finalist for Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship provider of the Year. It showcases the hard work and dedication that the team put into the delivery and support offered throughout our Apprenticeship provision.

“Working in partnership with local employers has enabled us to ensure that the provision not only matches the criteria for the taught courses, but also delivers the skills needed in the workplace.”

National recognition for the College’s Hair and Beauty Apprenticeships comes just months after the latest data published by the Department for Education (DfE) demonstrated that Achievement rates for all Apprenticeship programmes place 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 also received exceptional scores from 452 Cornish employers who took part in in the DfE’s Employer Satisfaction Survey in November. The results of the survey ranked The College as one of the top Apprenticeship providers in the South West with an employer satisfaction rating of 97.1%.

The AAC Apprenticeship Award winners will be announced in front of an audience of over 500 people at a gala dinner taking place at the ICC Birmingham on 3 March, 2020.

For more information about Apprenticeship training at the College visit or contact the Apprenticeship team on 01872 242711 /