We aim to be the people you trust to help you to develop skills, work with you in partnership to help shape the future of your businesses, and help you to contribute towards the economic prosperity of Cornwall. The College offers a comprehensive programme of off the shelf training solutions, suitable for businesses of all sizes. We also work closely with employers to provide bespoke training to address a range of training needs.
As no two organisations are the same our free first class information and advice service will outline your training options and, if required, undertake a formal Organisational Needs Analysis (conducted on site) to ensure that your particular training needs are identified.
As well as our bespoke training options, we also run a diverse range of competitively priced programmes:
- Sector-specific skills training for your employees
- Professional courses for your management staff
- Statutory health and safety training for your business
- Short courses to fill skills gaps
- Support to recruit an Apprentice
- Higher level skills and professional qualifications
What can we do for your business?
Improve profits and business performance
80% of employers who recruit apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
Improve customer satisfaction
Our training helped 82% of businesses increase customer satisfaction, meaning more repeat business!
Improve staff morale
89% of our customers said our training increased morale and motivation.
Reduce staff turnover
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant saw staff turnover reduce by 10% in just 24 months after developing a training programme for staff with Truro and Penwith College Business.
How do we do it?
Book an appointment with one of our Business Development Advisers to see how we can help your business. We specialise in a number of areas from childcare and hairdressing to management and marketing.
Employing an Apprentice
An Apprenticeship training programme gives your new and existing staff a comprehensive range of skills with support and coaching at work so they can fully contribute to your organsiation’s success.
What is an Apprenticeship?
We offer over 30 different Apprenticeships in Cornwall, from intermediate to advanced and higher. They are designed around the needs of your business and lead to industry/nationally recognised qualifications.
Apprenticeships provide real value for money as they are subsidised by the government, and there are special financial incentives for those employing fewer than 250 employees who have not taken on an Apprentice in the last 12 months.
They develop new and existing skills, which will impact on your bottom line, increase staff morale, and thereby reduce staff turnover. Grow your own talent to take your business forward through Apprentices at Truro and Penwith College, as we have some of the highest success rates in the country.
Training includes a mixture of:
- Workplace training supported by your existing staff.
- Training and skills development led by our training advisers at locations throughout Cornwall (maximum of one day per week).
- Observational assessments carried out by our training advisers at your premises.
- Additional wider skills development opportunities delivered by our trainers at venues throughout the county.
Is there any financial help?
We currently have grants available of up to £1,500 which can support an employer to take on their first Apprentice (criteria applies).
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are suitable for nearly every business and can be used to train both new and existing employees.
What does it cost?
The Apprenticeship programme is supported by funding, meaning you won’t have to pay the full cost of training and qualifications delivered by us. You will need to pay your Apprentice a wage (minimum of £3.30 per hour), but we often have funding support and financial incentives available to help your business. For Apprentices aged 16-18, the training is fully funded, while for those aged 19+ there is an employer contribution of £500 towards these costs. If you employ an Apprentice under 25 you won't pay national insurance.
What are the benefits?
Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs, now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. Over 130,000 companies offer Apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce.
- 80% of those employing Apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on Apprentices.
- 88% of employers with Apprentices believe that the programme leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
- 83% rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
- 77% believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive.
- 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.
If you are interested in hiring an Apprentice or training existing staff via an Apprenticeship Programme, please contact us on 01872 242711 or request a call/visit from a Business Development Adviser. One of our advisers will work with you to help your business find the right Apprentice, highlight training needs, access funding and arrange the training programme.
The Job Shop can connect you with our learners, and has already worked with a wide range of different employers, including Seasalt, Adventure Learning, The Headland Hotel, Disability Cornwall and Thomas Cook, NatWest Bank and Haven Holidays to name but a few. The Job Shop can advertise your vacancies and run recruitment campaigns within the college, prepare and arrange students for interview to ensure that you have access to the best candidates.
Work Placements - All our students are keen to get out into the working environment and undertake work placements. The Job Shop can advertise possible placements in your business; whether it is for a couple of days to help out at a busy time or something more concrete like 1 or 2 days a week. The clip below provides details of work placement learning within the college environment.
Enterprise Learning - The Job Shop provides opportunities for businesses to get involved in Enterprise Learning. Enterprise Learning allows students to undertake real life projects for businesses. Examples so far have been designing websites for local hotels, undertaking a social media campaign for a community group as well running marketing campaigns for sports clubs. The process involves students meeting a local company, obtaining a project brief, undertake the project using the colleges resources and then presenting their ideas and materials back to the company who are then able to use any of the student’s ideas or resources if desired.
Please contact the Job Shop Coordinator on 01872 308258 for further details.