Following the successful delivery of Skills Bootcamps to nearly 100 adult learners since 2021, Truro and Penwith College has been awarded new funding to deliver four further programmes as part of a £3 million investment in skills across Cornwall and Devon for a flagship Government initiative.

Courses are open to adults aged 19 or over who are looking to improve their skills and employability, and a job interview with a local employer is guaranteed for those seeking new employment.

Thanks to funding from the Department for Education, SME employers will only need to pay 10% of the course fees, while large organisations will be asked to contribute 30%. If you are an independent or self-employed learner looking to re-train or upskill, the programme will be fully funded. Further details on the Skills Bootcamp course fees are available on the application page.

A Skills Bootcamp in digital marketing is running for anyone looking to develop their practical skills and knowledge in this in-demand occupational area and will cover a comprehensive range of current topics including marketing planning, content production and copywriting.

Building on a successful pilot for the health and social care sector in 2022, a Skills Bootcamp in clinical pathways will be delivered for existing employees from primary care, social care and home care to enable them to develop the core clinical skills and competencies needed for progression into clinical roles or apprenticeship or higher education pathways.

Truro and Penwith College will also be delivering two new Skills Bootcamps to respond to local skills gaps in in two of the institution’s strongest areas of provision – engineering and hospitality.

A ten-week Skills Bootcamp in welding and fabrication will be delivered from the college’s specialist Institute of Technology facility on the Truro campus that has been developed to support existing employees to upskill to enhance their practical skills or to re-train to access employment opportunities within the engineering and manufacturing sector.

A final Skills Bootcamp will be delivered for future chef managers; building on a programme co-developed and piloted with key hospitality organisations through the college’s ESF Hospitality Table Cornwall project. This course has been specifically designed for chefs and professional kitchen employees who are looking to develop skills in leadership, people management, finance, HR and sustainability.

A taster day has been organised for each Skills Bootcamp to allow potential learners to meet with the teaching teams and find out more about the course content.