A local college has forged a new partnership with a global manufacturer aimed at improving the efficiency of Cornwall’s businesses.

Truro and Penwith College Business has been working alongside Keter, a global manufacturer of resin-based household and garden consumer products, to develop two new business improvement apprenticeships that aim to help existing managers and team leaders improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational practises and processes.

The new apprenticeships are available at Level 3 for managers responsible for department processes and Level 4 for senior managers whose remit includes multiple departments or whole organisations.

Learners will be supported to identify and address real efficiency opportunities in their workplace, and it is hoped those qualified will be suitably skilled to go onto make a positive impact on business profitability.

The 14-month apprenticeships start in March and while available to all organisations, the training is expected to appeal strongly to SMEs who will be entitled to funding for 95% of the training costs.

Interested businesses are invited to join the college at Keter’s Redruth-based factory to find out more at a ‘business improvement tour’ and taster session on Tuesday January 21. Places are limited and attendees are required to register their interest for the event by contacting Truro and Penwith College Business on business@truro-penwith.ac.uk or 01872 242711.