Truro and Penwith College nominated for international Educator of the Year Award

A leading College in Cornwall is celebrating after it received a nomination for an internationally renowned award that recognises the quality of its food and beverage education.

A leading College in Cornwall is celebrating after it received a nomination for an internationally renowned award that recognises the quality of its food and beverage education.

Truro and Penwith College is just one of seven globally to receive a nomination for the Riedel Trophy for the WSET Educator of the Year 2018, a prestigious award given to organisations who display outstanding provision of the wine and spirits qualification.

Among the first to offer their congratulations were some of the country’s top chefs, who work in partnership with the College on the delivery of professional cookery and hospitality qualifications and Apprenticeships. 

With over 750 centres across more than 70 countries up for submission, nomination for the award is a testament to the College’s excellent provision of the WSET wine and spirits qualifications, which are offered at three different levels at the College.

WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge and the awards ceremony, which is now in its 13th year, offers the chance to celebrate the achievements of WSET learners and providers from around the world.

Truro and Penwith College has been offering WSET qualifications since 1997, during which it has seen tremendous growth in the provision, which includes repeat business from local companies upskilling staff and individual learners enrolling for interest.

The College has worked with businesses from across Cornwall, ranging from micro businesses, SME’s and large national companies. They have all found the impact of the courses valuable to their business. Recent organisations to utilise the WSET qualifications are St Austell Brewery, The Seafood Restaurant, Skinners Brewery and Paul Ainsworth.

The individualised style of delivery the College offers plays an important role in its repeat business as employers can rely on its team for Ofsted Outstanding teaching and significant results including increased wine sales for many of the employers involved. Indeed, Cornwall-based businesses such as Rick Stein’s bring staff down from as far as Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire to access the College’s outstanding provision.

Paul Ainsworth, who is also currently recruiting Apprenticeships through the College, was thrilled with the support and content of the course, saying: “I am really proud to be working with Truro College and WSET courses, they provide a great support and infrastructure for young students to have a fantastic introduction into our industry. I’m humbled to be a part of it.”

Daubroy Delahunty, Learning and Development Manager at The Seafood Restaurant, was equally pleased with the quality of the course.

“The passion and enthusiasm of the training given is next to none; all the students leave the training feeling engaged, and with a true thirst for knowledge. It is inspiring to see so many people taking action and learning more after the courses. This has included staff taking sabbaticals to wine vineyards or replicating their training for their peers,” he said.

Hayley McKinstry, the Hospitality Programme Team Leader at Truro and Penwith College, was delighted to be nominated for the award, saying: “We are delighted to be one of the seven nominees that have been shortlisted for the Riedel Trophy for the WSET Educator of the Year 2018. It is fantastic to be recognised in a global field for the work that we do with both individuals and businesses in the hospitality sector across Cornwall and the South West of England. We are immensely proud of the continued positive impact that our outstanding provision is having on the county.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 21 January 2019 in the Guildhall in London, where WSET educators and students from around the world will gather to celebrate the achievements made over the past year. 

To find out more, or to enrol on, the WSET qualifications, contact the Part-time Courses team on 01872 265800 or email ptinfo@truro-penwith.ac.uk.