College shortlisted as further education UK college of year
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