The visit was part of a special opportunity for the FdSc Public Services students to spend time at both Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council and also included a behind-the-scenes tour of Council Chambers to further develop their knowledge of policy implementation at different levels of government.
Students were also fortunate to spend some valuable time with several council members, including Falmouth’s Town Clerk, Mr Mark Williams, to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a councillor. While at Falmouth Town Council, students saw local democracy in action as they observed members of the community interacting with their locally elected representatives during the Councillor’s Surgery.
The FdSc Public Services course prepares students for a career in a range of public sector organisations including; the Police Force, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, HM Coastguard, Local Government and the Forces to name a few.
Gaining an understanding of the inner workings of local government alongside training at the TEF Gold rated Truro and Penwith College is a great opportunity for students and will contribute greatly to their course assessments. Tim Staynings, FdSc Public Services Programme Leader said: “The information the students gained from these two visits will be invaluable on their course, specifically when they will be required to produce a portfolio that evaluates the effectiveness of government structures, referencing policies and the implications that they have in relation to practice.”