Truro and Penwith College shortlisted as FE UK College of the Year

Truro and Penwith College has been shortlisted as FE UK College of the Year for its response to both learner and employer demand through its partnerships and projects with employers and communities.

The College is recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 Tes (Times Educational Supplement) FE Awards for the development of its third campus at Callywith College in Bodmin in addition to its investment in the Stadium for Cornwall.

Both projects are highlighted for delivering significant investment in Cornwall’s skills and infrastructure development and for boosting learning outcomes and socio-economic prospects for young people across the county. 

Truro and Penwith College is rated 'Outstanding' by OFSTED

When it opened in September 2017, Callywith College, which now employs over 100 staff, was welcomed by the business community for its potential to address skills development alongside the county plan for Bodmin’s redevelopment. In just 12 months the College has grown from 334 students to nearly 800 and expects to have over 1,000 students in September 2019 as it approaches its 1,280 capacity and completion of the first phase in the new campus for north and east Cornwall. 

Truro and Penwith College is also recognised for its work in securing funds for the Stadium for Cornwall, which, when complete, will house the College’s business and hospitality functions. The track record of the college has been an important element in attracting co-investment in a new facility to serve the whole county

Over the last year, College leaders worked in partnership with the private sector raising £8 million, including a contribution from the College of £2 million, in support of the Stadium. Specifically, the College provided three members of the project’s Governance together with managing all promotional and PR requirements through the College’s marketing and communications team.

Callywith College has just celebrated its one year anniversary

Callywith College has just celebrated its one year anniversary

The project will create employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a range of sectors with a projected annual generation of £45k for local charities and sports clubs.

Andy Stittle, the College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, said of the award shortlisting: “The College was the first general and further education college to be graded outstanding in 2016 under the current Ofsted framework and it remains one of only four nationally. This nomination celebrates the continued hard work of our staff and students, together with our commitment to the economic growth of Cornwall.”

I am delighted that the work we do for Cornwall has earned this prestigious nomination and recognition at national level.

David Walrond, Principal

College Principal David Walrond added: “What the new Callywith campus already delivers, and what the new stadium promises, are real tangible benefits for Cornwall. High quality centres of learning, business support, sporting and cultural activity enhance the quality of individuals’ lives and our collective socio-economic prospects. The quality of the other colleges nominated is incredibly impressive. The award’s focus is on the real, lasting contributions a college makes to its wide community and so the accolade of being shortlisted is itself a huge boost for all our stakeholders.” 

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said of the awards’ shortlist: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries.

“We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 March 2019.