Proving the best comes from the west, 2017 has already seen a regional college land numerous national awards for its training and apprenticeship programmes.
The first of these prestigious gongs was for Cornish-based superyacht company and The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), who triumphed at a national awards ceremony for their
apprenticeship delivery. Beating off stiff competition from across the UK, Pendennis Shipyard and TCCG landed the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year award at the TES FE Awards 2017.
Hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, 700 guests flocked to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to celebrate the successes of the ‘best of the best’ in the further education sector. HR director of Pendennis Jill Carr, said the company “is really proud of the scheme that we have created with our partners Cornwall College. Not only are we future proofing our business, we are providing opportunities for young people to reach their full potential, not only in Cornwall, but worldwide.”
Director of Technology at TCCG Justin Olosunde said it was fantastic for Pendennis and the College to be recognised “for all the hard work and innovation that we put into our apprenticeship programmes. It is vital that we are giving people the opportunity and the necessary skills to become successful in their chosen careers,” he continued. “Winning this award demonstrates that by going above and beyond in what you offer, by providing expert tuition and guidance, people will flourish and achieve things they may have never thought possible.”
The Pendennis apprenticeship programme has been running since 1998 and has trained more than 200 young people. TCCG and its business facing division CCB (Cornwall College Business), have been working closely with the shipyard from the outset, delivering their bespoke training programme. The unique training programme prepares apprentices with skills to meet their customers’
needs and each trainee leaves the first year with an engineering, fabrication and joinery Level 2 qualification. They also commence in the first year of the Level 3 electrical programme.
“The programme has been designed to meet the needs of their customers, by guaranteeing each member of their workforce understands the other trades and are capable of lending a hand if necessary,” said Carl Moyle, engineering lead at TCCG.
A week after the apprenticeship recognition, TCCG landed a top prize at the national 2017 Creative and Cultural Skills Awards for its exceptional training provision. The in-house creative Learning Company for the live arts, media and art & design, Creative Flare, scooped the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award at a gala dinner at The Backstage Centre in Purfleet London.
Creative Flare delivers real life commercial work that is supported by students who are involved from the outset, including live commissions with businesses.
This provides students with exceptional experience that gives them a head start when they finish their studies and enter the world of work, according to Amanda Wood, coordinator for the programme at Cornwall College. “This win was a huge achievement for the college as we have been developing how we deliver enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship skills through our Learning Company since Creative Flare was introduced at the end of 2014,” she explained. “We’ve been involved in some fantastic projects with external companies and organisations and this has heavily influenced the way in which students are able to learn, the quality of their work and the diversity it has offered in the development of their professional portfolios. It’s been a huge
privilege to have been to this event in London to represent our college and to network with other likeminded professionals at such an inspiring event.”
The Creative and Cultural Skills Award recognises excellence within creative education with the aim to reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship in further and higher education in the UK.
The College was nominated for the work that Creative Flare coordinates across performing arts, media and art & design courses at both Camborne and St Austell campuses. Miriam Venner, Director of Cultural and Visitor Economy at Cornwall College said it was “great to see our innovative approach to developing skills within the creative sector being recognised by such a prestigious
organisation. We’re really proud that Creative & Cultural Skills values all the hard work our staff and students have put in,” she continued. “The College has had a great year having recently won the prestigious TES award for its first class apprenticeship programme partnered with Pendennis Shipyard and we have retained our Gold hospitality accreditation and status as the best catering college in the South West.”