Top tech careers a south west first


A new partnership between Wildanet and Truro and Penwith College is leveraging multi-million-pound investments to offer entry-level careers in Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector.

The partnership has seen the introduction of the south west’s first telecoms field operative apprenticeship programme.

The first group of five learners have already embarked on their careers having started their apprenticeships in July, with applications open for a further eight to start their journey in October.

The college has developed the apprenticeship in partnership with broadband provider Wildanet from the ground up, adopting the brand-new programme into its curriculum while adding bespoke elements and teaching models to directly support Wildanet’s opportunities.

The top tech career opportunities have been created as part of Wildanet’s £50 million investment to turbocharge the roll-out of its high-speed broadband network across Cornwall and Devon that has already created 180 jobs, with plans to create up to 200 more.

Charli Styles, programme team leader of Future Skills at Truro and Penwith College, commented: “The college is thrilled to formerly announce this innovative new partnership that not only benefits Wildanet and its apprentices but homes, businesses and communities across Cornwall and Devon.

“The college is always striving to work with the very best employers and as a leader in its field Wildanet is no exception. It’s incredibly pleasing we’ve been able to continue to innovate and with our partnership approach, add bespoke elements and adaptations to the apprenticeship programme to maximise results for Wildanet, its staff and to directly meet the skills needs of this fast-moving sector.”