South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has praised the education provision and “fantastic services” of a local college, following a fact finding tour.
The MP visited Cornwall College Saltash to see the latest developments on the campus including the new construction skills centre and Dynnargh restaurant.
The tour began in the Learning Centre where Sheryll met current AAT students before heading to the newly branded Tamar Hub café. She then explored hair and beauty where she toured the Koko salons, which are open to the public while providing a learning environment for the students.
“It is so good to see such a wide range of courses available at Cornwall College Saltash,” Sheryll said.
“The students I met seemed to be getting a lot of positive results from their courses. The College students also provide some fantastic services for local people. You can get your hair done or enjoy a meal whilst helping with the youngsters train at the same time. It was also good to hear that cookery sessions for the very young and Saturday trowel lessons for the DIY enthusiasts are also available. A lot of effort clearly goes into preparing the students for the working world and I wish them and the College well.”
The MP also headed to the Vocational Learning area before exploring Hamoaze, the specialist building for Access to Higher Education and FdA Early Childhood Studies Programmes.
Sheryll was then taken to the new construction training facility, which opened on the main site last September; offering plumbing, carpentry and construction courses.
The facility’s move from Moorlands Industrial Estate has enabled students to have the full college life experience, according to Head of College, Margaret Butfield, who added “it was fantastic to welcome Sheryll to our site”.
“We welcome anyone from the community that is interested in the brilliant work that goes on within this campus,” she continued.
“Our learners love to meet new people and showcase their developing skills, whether that is in hairdressing, plumbing or professional cookery.”
Plumbing apprentice, Tim Davidson, from Ivybridge, told Sheryll he thought “Saltash is the best place to come and learn”.
“All the staff are really approachable and friendly. From the day I came to reception to collect an application form I knew this was the place for me, it suits all my needs perfectly.”
Discussions between Sheryll and staff continued in the new Dynnargh restaurant where professional cookery students provided canapes and refreshments.
Acting CEO and Principal of TCCG Raoul Humphreys, who accompanied Sheryll on the tour, said it was fantastic that the MP had “taken the time to come and visit our Saltash campus to see the recent developments and gain a further understanding of the College’s award-winning provision”.
“There are so many options for learners of all ages and stages in their life to develop their skills and become highly successful in all manner of careers,” he continued.
“As the career college, we pride ourselves on offering quality training and education that ensures our students are not only attractive to potential employers, but that they go on to lead highly successful careers.”
Cornwall College Saltash is opening its doors to prospective students this Saturday, 18th March, between 10 and 12am, where everyone is welcome to explore the campus and ask questions about their career options.