Truro and Penwith College delighted by approval for specialist STEM Skills Centre

Truro and Penwith College is delighted to learn that its submission to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) LEP Getting Building Fund to develop a specialist STEM Skills Centre for north and east Cornwall has been approved.

The Cornwall STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Skills Centre represents a £6.3 million investment to provide post-16 education in health sciences, digital, engineering and manufacturing, including new T-levels.

The ‘shovel ready’ project will be operated by Truro and Penwith College on land adjacent to its campus at Callywith, Bodmin. The area is regarded as a traditional ‘cold spot’ for educational infrastructure and participation and will create over 200 new jobs annually.

Specifically, the Skills Centre will offer Ofsted Outstanding and industry-relevant provision from Levels 2 to 5 for post-compulsory and adult learners to enhance human capital in north and east Cornwall and generate, ‘clean and inclusive’ economic growth.

Following the College’s recent success in gaining Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approval to deliver nursing apprenticeships in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT), the Skills Centre will focus on the innovation and delivery of ‘e-Health’ programmes throughout north and east Cornwall.

This will include the local delivery of higher-level nursing, health and social care apprenticeships to help revolutionise Health and Social Care provision, providing sustainable local career pathways and help mitigate demands on local service use.

Truro and Penwith College Principal Designate Martin Tucker said of today’s announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick: “This is fantastic news for Cornwall. Many of the digital skills delivered have great transferable potential across sectors but the particular Health Sciences focus of the new offer will be hugely welcome in Cornwall as it looks to ensure that identified needs in our health and care services can be met. 

We’re greatly looking forward to working with the LEP on this and to getting building immediately

Martin Tucker, Truro and Penwith College Principal Designate

Principal David Walrond, who retires at the end of this month, said: “It would be difficult to think of a project more tailor made for Cornwall’s emerging needs through the Covid crisis and its recovery agenda so I am delighted that this new facility has received such strong local support with national investment and endorsement.”

The College’s project team will begin work immediately to initiate the tender process in order to commence the planned construction of the STEM Skills Centre in December 2020. 

Over 300 successful projects in England have been told they will receive a share of the £900 million Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.

The move is part of the government’s comprehensive plan to deliver upgrades to local infrastructure and boost skills to help fuel a green economic recovery.

To view the government’s full details on the Getting Building Fund approvals click here