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Truro and Penwith College receives a number of grants for specific projects through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Department for Education.

What is the UK Shared Prosperity Fund?

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Prospectus at www.gov.uk.

As part of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have been allocated £137 million to spend on local investment through the Shared Prosperity Fund. More information can be found at ciosgoodgrowth.com.

Truro and Penwith College is part-funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to deliver the following projects.

For additional information about any of these projects please email Charlotte Styles (charlis@truro-penwith.ac.uk) or Laura Hames (laurahames@truro-penwith.ac.uk)

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This project is led by Cornwall Council, with Truro and Penwith College and The Cornwall College Group as delivery partners. The Construction Skills Hub will act as a focal point for Construction related pathways, training and support, providing assurance to Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors that the region prioritises the development of its people and their skills in this sector, whilst ensuring that there are clear pathways into training, support and careers embedded in its communities.

Through the Construction Skills Hub project, Truro and Penwith College aims to advance infrastructure and curriculum developments including:

  • Curriculum development and pilot delivery of Construction provision with a particular focus on the Retrofit and Renewables upskilling and re-skilling needs of the existing Construction SME workforce.
  • Careers and outreach activities with primary, secondary and further education students to raise awareness and aspirations regarding the career opportunities within Construction.
  • Targeted outreach programme for adults to encourage them to re-train or access employment within the Construction sector.
  • Programme of CPD qualifications and Retrofit Academy upskilling for academic and assessing Construction staff within the FE workforce.
  • Capital works to upgrade teaching and workshop space into a permanent specialist facility for Green Construction.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Contact Dolly Mazonowicz (dollymaz@truro-penwith.ac.uk) or Jay Wagstaff (jayw@truro-penwith.ac.uk) for further information.

 

This project is led by Truro and Penwith College as the lead partner in collaboration with ten delivery partners; Step into Learning, Digital Peninsula Network, Software Cornwall, Headforwards, Tec Women, Cornwall Marine Network, Falmouth University, University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, and Real Ideas.

Cornwall has the fastest growing tech sector in the south-west. This is creating an increasing demand for digital skills which cannot currently be met locally. Digital Futures aims to harness that growth and convert it into economic opportunity for the region by developing a pipeline of talent.

The project will create a shared space for all things digital and focus on providing opportunities for local people currently underrepresented in the tech sector. It also hopes to showcase that, through delivering exciting training programmes and well-paid jobs locally, our vibrant tech sector can raise aspirations and create opportunities.

Working with employers to understand current and future needs, Digital Futures aims to:

  • Empower the workforce.
  • Co-develop blended learning opportunities to create a sustainable pool of skilled professionals.
  • Encourage new talent via an outreach programme.

Digital Futures is for anyone aged 16+, living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Contact digitalfutures@truro-penwith.ac.uk or visit the website digitalfuturescornwall.co.uk for further information.

This project is led by The Cornwall College Group as the lead partner in collaboration with eight delivery partners; Truro & Penwith College, Cornwall Marine Network, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Falmouth University, Focus Training (SW) Ltd, Urban Biodiversity CIC and Celtic Sea Power. The partners will deliver a range of activities to upskill the labour force in Green Skills to support the future green economy and provide opportunities for individuals to access and progress within high quality, well-paid jobs. Employer-led, responsive training and provision will be delivered to support the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce needed for green and inclusive growth.

Through the Future is Green project, Truro and Penwith College aims to deliver:

  • Re-training for the Construction sector including Retrofit Principles, Introduction to Renewables, 2022 Building Regulation Compliance and Water Management and Conservancy, Installer qualifications for Solar and Heat Pumps, Biodiversity in Construction, an Insulation Masterclass and accredited programmes for Retrofit Advisers, Installers and Assessors.
  • Re-training for Automotive and Engineering staff through IMI accredited Level 1 to Level 4 programmes in Electric Vehicle Awareness, Routine Maintenance Awareness, System Repair and Replacement and Diagnosis, Testing and Repair.
  • Carbon Literacy training to provide participants and businesses with an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities.
  • Upskilling programmes for the Visitor Economy, including qualifications in Green Tourism, Seasonal Produce and our ‘Sustainable Chef’ programme.
  • Cross-Sector Leadership and Management provision to complement the technical Green Skills programmes focused on improving productivity and delivering sustainable growth.
  • Green Skills workshops for Domestic Customers to improve their awareness and effective utilisation of technology, including Smart Meter systems, insulation, water conservancy and energy usage.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Contact Simon Evans (simonevans@truro-penwith.ac.uk) for further information.

Through this project Truro and Penwith College will deliver a programme of free online, workplace and College based activities that will improve participation and confidence among adults in numeracy activities plus provide the necessary foundations for Multiply participants to then progress onto further training, accredited qualifications, access career progression pathways or feel more assured in their ability to support their family with maths.

The project will focus on 4 key activity areas:

  • Courses to build confidence and skills needed to apply for certain jobs and to develop employment opportunities.
  • Activities and courses for parents and carers to help them support their children with maths and maths homework.
  • Courses to build confidence and help you apply maths to daily life.
  • Collaboration with employers to design and deliver bespoke programmes for their workforce.

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This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The following projects are funded by the Department for Education

In response to the Local Skills Improvement Fund opportunity, the ‘Building Futures’ and ‘Engineering Futures’ projects have been developed to directly align with the two priority sectors identified within the approved Local Skills Improvement Plan for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Construction and Retrofit and Manufacturing, Engineering and Marine, with the cross-sector priorities for enhancements in green, digital and employability skills also incorporated into the project aims and objectives.

Through the ‘Building Futures’ and ‘Engineering Futures’ projects, Truro and Penwith College seeks to advance infrastructure and curriculum developments including:

  • Development and piloting of CPD programmes for existing Construction sector employees in modern methods of construction and retrofit.
  • Develop and piloting of bespoke programmes for the Engineering sector to address articulated challenges in areas such as change management, problem solving and Lean.
  • Delivering a ‘Living Lab’ project with Coastline Housing.
  • Capital investment to enhance the dedicated Construction facility on the Truro Campus, the Seaton Building.
  • Capital equipment investment in Mechatronics to support Manufacturing and Engineering disciplines.
  • Establishing and implementing new models of delivery; including investment in a professional Lecture Theatre facility at both Truro and Penwith Campuses.

Contact Charlotte Styles (charlis@truro-penwith.ac.uk)  or Laura Hames (laurahames@truro-penwith.ac.uk) for more information.

Truro and Penwith College has been awarded contracts to deliver Skills Bootcamps for residents of Cornwall and Devon since 2021 and currently delivers programmes in Clinical Pathways, Digital Marketing, Future Chef Manager and Welding and Fabrication, with further Skills Bootcamp opportunities in development for 2024/2025.

Skills Bootcamps are funded and flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people (aged 19 and over) the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer. Skills Bootcamps are free for individuals looking to upskill or change career and the Department for Education will cover 90% of the training costs for SME employers and 70% for large employers who want to enrol their staff onto a Skills Bootcamp.

Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life, and are funded by the National Skills Fund to develop and deliver Skills Bootcamps in economic priority sectors where there are identified skills gaps. Skills Bootcamps in Devon and Cornwall are led and managed by Devon County Council.

For further details regarding Truro and Penwith College’s Skills Bootcamp programme please e-mail charlis@truro-penwith.ac.uk. For information on the full range of Skills Bootcamps available in Cornwall and Devon please go to Bootcamps - Train 4 Tomorrow.

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