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Building on Bridging the Skills Gap

Published: November 24, 2017

Cornwall College Camborne | Saltash | St Austell

An independent report has highlighted Cornwall College as the leading construction trades training provider for Devon and Cornwall.

Looking at a four year period, the report from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) on behalf of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), noted the College has trained more than 5,600 students, delivering 73% of the construction qualifications across the two counties.

The annual report covers the construction skills gap and is part of a wider action plan looking at the construction strategy, employment opportunities and aspirations as an enabler to local economic growth.

Jon Ninnes, Construction Lead, Cornwall College said, “This very in-depth report which details the needs of the construction industry for Cornwall, and is a great vehicle for demonstrating what needs to be done to close the skills gaps and to maximise on the opportunities available”.

“As a key training provider we have invested a considerable amount of money into our construction provision across our campuses and this report clearly confirms that our approach, our courses and our strategy in offering the best trade training in the county has paid off”.

Scott James, C&IoS Construction Strategy Partnership Manager, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, commented, “The Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to supporting the construction sector in delivering the growth which Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly requires.  A critical part of the long-term support of construction is through training new entrants into the sector, and upskilling those already working across the region.

“We are planning to further develop our support through an industry-led approach, with skills, training and workforce development a primary focus of this work.  Ensuring local people are directly delivering our major programmes of development will be of significant benefit to local businesses and communities, improving the local economy and individuals own career prospects”.

Cornwall College have made lots of positive inroads in specialist training in the past few years, including becoming the best catering college in the South West and the only college to offer Aeronautical Engineering in Devon and Cornwall, a rapidly growing industry.  This focus on offering highly specialist courses for rewarding and exciting careers, has now cumulated in the organisation delivering the widest choice of construction trade training for local people.

Justin Olosunde, Technology Director, Cornwall College commented, “The state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated training areas makes a real difference when it comes to teaching construction skills and our purpose built training environments really wow people when they come to visit us”.

We have seen a massive increase in the number of students wanting to learn a trade and we have built a solid reputation for offering the widest choice of trade courses around, coupled with our amazing links to industry, our status as the number one provider of apprenticeships and you have winning combination for the benefit of our students”.

“The training we offer speaks for itself, many of our students have won heats and indeed reached the UK finals at the national Skillbuild competition and our students regularly win awards at the highest levels in a wide range of disciplines”.

“For anyone wanting to learn a trade, I believe they can’t get better than the provision offered by ourselves and this report highlights that by the sheer number of students choosing us over other local colleges”.

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