Col­lege short­listed as fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion UK col­lege of year

Western Morning News - - Westcountry Business -

Truro and Pen­with Col­lege has been short­listed as fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion 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 so­cioe­co­nomic prospects for young peo­ple across the county.

When it opened in Septem­ber 2017, Cal­ly­with Col­lege, which now em­ploys more than 100 staff, was wel­comed by the busi­ness com­mu­nity for its po­ten­tial to ad­dress skills de­vel­op­ment along­side the county plan for Bod­min’s re- de­vel­op­ment. In just 12 months the col­lege has grown from 334 stu­dents to nearly 800 and ex­pects to have more than 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 Sta- dium for Corn­wall, which, when com­plete, will house the col­lege’s busi­ness and hos­pi­tal­ity func­tions.

Over the past 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 col- lege pro­vided three mem­bers of the project’s gov­er­nance to­gether with manag­ing all pro­mo­tional and PR re­quire­ments through the col­lege’s mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions team.

The project will cre­ate em­ploy­ment and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in a range of sec­tors.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal David Wal­rond said: “I am de­lighted that the work we do for Corn­wall has earned this pres­ti­gious nom­i­na­tion and recog­ni­tion at na­tional level.

“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 win­ners will be re­vealed at an awards evening at the Grosvenor House Ho­tel, Lon­don, on March 22, 2019.

‘Cal­ly­with cam­pus de­liv­ers real tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits’

Col­lege prin­ci­pal David Wal­rond

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