College building for the future

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Truro and Penwith College, the only provider of the new technical T-Level qualification in Cornwall, has been awarded a share of £48.5 million to invest in new, state-of-the-art learning facilities at its campuses in Truro and Penzance.

The college’s construction and science departments are to be recipients of the investment with new construction areas, plus state-of-the-art science laboratories to be developed.

The investment will support the provision of two brand-new T Levels qualifications available at the college from September in construction and health and science.

Truro and Penwith College is one of seven colleges in the south west which have been awarded the Department for Education (DfE) investment to ensure young people studying T Level qualifications have access to the cutting-edge facilities and equipment they need to get ahead.

In health and science, two, large laboratories with experiment and technician areas will be created with space to deliver theory and laboratory work across the disciplines.

In construction, the investment will fund the building of a new construction trades area at Truro College, to recognise the growing importance of this sector in the local economy. In 2020 the college saw a large increase in students entering its construction trades provision and this growth is forecast to continue.

Praising the DfE investment in T Levels, Truro and Penwith College principal, Martin Tucker, said: “The construction, health and science sectors are key employment areas for the south west region, recognised by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership as pivotal to the socio-economic regeneration of Cornwall post pandemic.

“The college is delighted with this recognition from Government of the importance of these sectors to the future prosperity of Cornwall, and with its continued investment in the vocational T-Level qualification, which our student numbers show is becoming a very popular post-16 choice for young people in Cornwall.”