Permanent move to digital delivery

The College has announced that two of its Apprenticeships will continue to be delivered online on a permanent basis after its remote teaching was praised by both learners and employers.

Truro and Penwith College moved timetables online in March 2020 in response to lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic and has been recognised as a national leader of online learning, being one of only 20 Colleges leading a Department for Education (DfE) project to develop ‘cutting edge digital approaches to online learning’.

A screenshot of adults in an online learning lesson

The College's online delivery has been a huge success

Strong support for its digital delivery and calls from learners and employers have influenced the decision to offer online options for Business Administrator Level 3 and Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeships on a permanent basis, with the next groups starting in April 2021. 

The College has enjoyed outstanding levels of learner achievement on both Apprenticeships with all learners to date achieving the highest possible distinction grade.  

Ali Thomas (49), Business Officer at Cornwall Council, is studying the Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship and has been attending online lessons since March. 

Ali commented: “I was apprehensive at first but have found online learning better than traditional classroom-based learning. 

“I have been able to participate in interactive sessions with other students, ask questions and contribute to discussions. The only difference is that I haven’t been physically there.  

“Online learning has definitely improved my IT skills and helped me realise how adaptable I can be, embracing change. I have more time for work and study with no commute, I no longer have the expense of travelling and I am more productive and confident in what I can achieve at work.” 

I have more time for work and study with no commute, I no longer have the expense of travelling and I am more productive and confident in what I can achieve at work.

Ali Thomas, Business Administration Level 3 Apprentice
Winners of Business Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

Ali Thomas (third from left) won Business Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

The Business Administrator Level 3 and Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeships are specifically designed to train current staff, of any age, who are already employed by an organisation.  

The programmes are particularly relevant as they focus on the flexibility to make changes, adapt to business challenges and future proofing businesses, helping employers prepare for recovery and to tackle new challenges post Covid-19. 

The Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship prepares learners for more responsibility including management and helps businesses to ensure administrative functions can support the business fully and adapt when needed. 

Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3 Apprentices gain a Level 3 Diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) as part of the programme which is perfect to those who are new to, or moving into a management role.  

Adele Bull, Head of Apprenticeships and Business Relations at Truro and Penwith College commented: “The College is very pleased to support our employers and learners with the move to permanent online delivery for these programmes. 

“We are very proud that we have been able to adapt to online delivery, maintain our outstanding learning experience and continue with the unbelievable results achieved by learners in these areas. 

“We expect the April starts to be very popular with the results these programmes deliver for employers, not to mention the fact that they are incredibly cost-effective, with many large employers able to train staff at no additional cost through their Apprenticeship Levy and the government funding 95% of Apprenticeship costs for SMEs”. 

To find out more about Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College contact business@truro-penwith.ac.uk call 01872 305500 or visit www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/employapprentices where you will find more details on the programmes available.