Event Will Give Islanders Advice On Skills Training

lifelong learning signIf you want to start your own businesses or need guidance for a new career direction, you are being encouraged to attend the islands’ Skills, Training and Apprenticeships event, later this month.

It’s being organised by the Lifelong Learning Team and brings together mainland education and training providers, as well as employers and careers advisors.

Mel Colton-Dyer from Truro and Penwith College, one of the groups attending, says the event isn’t just aimed at school leavers and their parents. She feels it could be useful for people needing to acquire new skills, as well as business owners looking to improve their services.

And Mel says Scilly’s isolation needn’t be a barrier to learning.

The college has a long history of working in Scilly. Courses in Customer Service, Hospitality and Project Management have proven popular.

They have a number of young apprentices on the islands and have managed to tailor the courses so they can attend the mainland as a block, rather than the more usual day-release approach.

Truro and Penwith have also launched a ‘Digital Campus’ where live tutorials can be run over the internet using Skype.

Mel says they’re aiming to make learning as accessible as possible for islanders.

The Skills, Training and Apprenticeships Event is taking place at Carn Gwaval on Thursday March 27th, from 10am to 3pm.