St Mellion International Resort is setting up a tourism academy to deliver diplomas in travel and tourism – part of the Government’s new vocational qualifications for 16-18 year olds.
St Mellion is working with Cornwall College and the South East Cornwall Learning Partnership on the development of the academy.
News of the academy plans were given to Sheryll Murray, the South East Cornwall MP, and Oliver Colvile, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, during a visit to the resort.
Murray said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young people in south east Cornwall. We have fantastic schools here in the constituency and they produce excellent results with their limited resources. The investment from St Mellion will allow them to build on this.
Stephen Towers, resort director at St Mellion, said: “We were delighted to have been able to tell our MPs about our plans and to show them just what we can achieve here.
“As an employer of more than 200 people in the region, it is imperative that we have the right skills base, not only for today, but also to secure the long-term future of tourism in the region.”