Successful Foundation Studies event shows the opportunities available

The room was buzzing and packed wall-to-wall with attendees at the Foundation Studies Transition Event in the Kenwyn Building of Truro College, with students getting a first-hand look at what their next steps could be after College.

Running from 10am throughout the rest of the day, the event gave third and fourth year Foundation Studies students the chance to meet the specially-invited outside agencies, companies and exhibitors who had come to share information with the students and let them know the opportunities available for their future and as their next move after Truro College.

The organisations attending included United Response, Shared Lives South West, Volunteer Cornwall, Home from Home Care, Kehelland, Choice, Holifield Farm, Greenlight, The Bridge and Park View, Sendiass, and Falcare.

In a side-room, a film made by the College about the Supported Internship Programme at the Royal Cornwall Hospital played on a loop, giving parents and students a better idea of what the Programme entails and how it is beneficial.

Foundation Studies is the department at Truro and Penwith College where students with additional learning and support needs gain new skills for personal progression, as well as making new friends and gaining confidence. Focused on the needs and aspirations of the individual student, Foundation Studies also crucially concentrates on the students’ transition and progression after their course ends, which can often include work placements.

Organiser Rebecca Wingfield, the Third Year Pastoral Tutor and Coordinator of the Support Internship Programme for students on the Employability Pathway at the College, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Foundation Studies students and have high expectations for them. A lot of our work is focused on what they will do after they leave us, so today is an exciting opportunity for them to see what’s out there.”

Theresa Edwards, the Programme Team Leader for Foundation Studies across Truro and Penwith College, added: “We’re so proud of our third and fourth year students who have acted as hosts at this event. Thank you to everyone for coming, and to Becky for organising such a wonderful event.”