Through continued investment in infrastructure, qualifications and the future of Cornwall’s skilled workforce, the College is at the heart of transforming Cornwall’s vision of a sustainable, future-focused workforce into a reality. Partnership working is central to success. The College works closely and collaboratively with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall’s key industry and sector leads to ensure the shared vision is delivered.
£7m centre for Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing
The £7 million Valency building opened at Truro College in 2021 and is part of the South West Institute of Technology. Facilities will match the best in the UK including; electronic and digital laboratories, engineering workshops, specialist welding facilities a variety of industry standard, computer controlled (CNC) machinery and shared learning spaces. Qualifications will include higher-level certificates, diplomas and university-level Apprenticeships, all drawing on the expertise of our employer partners to ensure the College delivers valued workplace skills.
£6.3m STEM and Health Skills Centre
The STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin is expected to be completed by March 2022. The Centre will offer 120 Apprenticeships and help 300 people per year into further learning. Sectors will include engineering, manufacturing and digital skills for the aerospace, space, creative, energy and mining sectors, in line with the LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy. The Centre will also extend the College’s nursing and care Apprenticeships in partnership with RCHT, CFT and a range of local care providers.
£48.5m investment in new T Level qualifications
Central government has recently awarded the College a share of £48.5 million to invest in new, state-of-the-art learning facilities at its campuses in Truro and Penzance. New construction areas and state-of-the-art science laboratories are in development as a result of the funding to support the delivery of new T Levels the College is introducing in construction, health and healthcare science.
State-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Suite
The College has invested over £200,000 in its new Nursing Simulation Suite that opened at Truro College in 2020. The Suite provides industry-standard equipment and working environments to support training in the nursing, health and care sectors. The College is boosting Cornwall’s nursing numbers and care professionals in partnership with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and care providers across Cornwall. The College is Cornwall’s only approved training provider of both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Care Professionals Council, offering Nursing and Care Apprenticeships from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) up to Level 6 (university level).
Supporting Cornwall's £1 billion space sector
The College's ESF funded Cornwall Space and Aerospace Technology Training project collaborates with businesses and educators to develop world-class training courses to help businesses reach new heights and support the long-term success of the sector that experts believe will add £1 billion to the Cornish economy and create thousands of jobs. The project is supported by Goonhilly Earth Station, Spaceport Cornwall, Aerospace Cornwall, the University of Exeter, University of Leicester and the Open University, with the College also involved in the build of Kernow Sat 1, the first satellite Virgin Orbit is aiming to launch into space from Newquay.