Truro And Penwith College News June 2014

(L-R) Back row: Akshay Easwaran, Emily Irwin, Hamish Jeffrey, Justin Leathes, Isabel Westlake, Fran Parker. Front Row: Charlotte Tucker, Alice Hunter, Katherine Murdoch, James Brebner, Rebecca Waters, Charlotte Bayes, Madeleine Barnett.

(L-R) Back row: Akshay Easwaran, Emily Irwin, Hamish Jeffrey, Justin Leathes, Isabel Westlake, Fran Parker.
Front Row: Charlotte Tucker, Alice Hunter, Katherine Murdoch, James Brebner, Rebecca Waters, Charlotte Bayes, Madeleine Barnett.

Medics’ future aided by Academy

A record number of aspiring doctors at Truro and Penwith College have been offered places to study Medicine at a range of universities next year.

23 students, who are also dedicated members of the College’s Medics’ Academy, have had their hard work rewarded with offers of places. This is an amazing achievement considering that competition for places at the best universities can be as high as 18 applicants per place. Dr Jon Grey, Medics’ Academy Co-ordinator, said: “The number of offers gained by the students is phenomenal. They are a fantastic group of intelligent and hardworking young people who really deserve their places.”

“When I started at Truro College I wasn’t 100% sure on Medicine. The Medics’ Academy helped me realise that Medicine was for me and showed me exactly what I need to do to get there,” explained Madeleine Barnett, who has an offer from Manchester.

James Brebner, who has received offers from Oxford, Birmingham and Cardiff, said: “The Medics’ Academy was one of the main reasons that attracted me to Truro College. The interview preparation was invaluable, thanks to all the staff who have supported me and everything they have done.”

Alice Hunter, who is holding offers from Liverpool, St Georges and Queens Belfast, added: “The support at Truro College from the Medics’ Academy has been endless and invaluable to navigate the incredibly complex and demanding process of applying to medical school.”

The Medics’ Academy is a two year enrichment programme for any student aspiring to a career in medicine. During their first year, students complete weekly workshops, lectures and activity sessions that cover everything from how gain work experience to learning how to suture, led by doctors and other healthcare professionals from Royal Cornwall Hospital, medical students from Peninsular Medical School, admissions tutors and College staff. The second year sees students receive intense support when writing applications, with entrance exams and with mock interviews.

 

Jayne Hall (centre) and Lesley Tremaine (right) receiving their awards from Cheryl Mewton.

Jayne Hall (centre) and Lesley Tremaine (right) receiving their awards from Cheryl Mewton.

 

Coffee celebration

An awards evening was held at Truro College to celebrate achievements in barista coffee making.

Students who have completed the part-time City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Barista Skills course were invited to attend the evening which was held at the College’s Spires Restaurant. Whilst enjoying a variety of savoury and sweet canapés created by Professional Cookery students at the College, they took part in a latte art competition to show off their skills developed by the course.

All of the students were presented with their certificates for completing the course by Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at the College. Following this were some special awards to highlight individual students. Andrew Tobin and Martyn Fraser from Cornico Coffee, who supply the College with coffee at both the Truro and Penwith catering establishments, sponsored the event prizes.

Richard Rees was awarded the Excellence in Customer Service award due to his having real flair in delivery. He has successfully gained employment at Watergate Bay Hotel following the course.

The latte art competition was extremely close but was won by Katherine Foat, who has also found employment since completing the course.

The Outstanding Contribution award was presented to Lesley Tremaine and Jayne Hall, who own Oscars coffee shop in Lemon Street Market, Truro, who offered their premises to fellow students to practise their skills throughout the course.

Suzy Lowe, course tutor and former owner of Truro Coffee House, said: “I still enjoy the theatre of creating quality espresso. As the industry continues to boom so too does the need for skilled Baristas. This course delivers a foundation of understanding for the role, optimising opportunities to gain employment or consolidating existing skills. The course is great fun, attracting people who have a genuine passion for coffee and providing a chance to experience commercial equipment, starting their journey to become a budding Barista!”

Many of the students accessed the course via ESF funding projects, which have helped support them to develop within their chosen path, whether it’s setting up in business or looking for full or part time work. More opportunities for those with a passion for coffee to expand their skills and experience are approaching:

Fun with Latte Art 1 day workshop – Monday 14 July 2014 from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Barista Skills – Monday 15 September 2014 from 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm for 6 weeks

For further information please contact the Part Time Courses office on 01872 265800.

 

Ellie and Janna (far left) and Charlotte and Ben (far right) with winning team ‘Inside Out’. Back row (L-R): Steve Aldridge - Natwest Bank, Devin Dyson Botes - Happy Energy, Mike Hobbs -  Natwest Bank, Julian Cowans - Superfast Cornwall. Photo with thanks from Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.

Ellie and Janna (far left) and Charlotte and Ben (far right) with winning team ‘Inside Out’. Back row (L-R): Steve Aldridge – Natwest Bank, Devin Dyson Botes – Happy Energy, Mike Hobbs – Natwest Bank, Julian Cowans – Superfast Cornwall. Photo with thanks from Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.

 

Valuable Experience at Enterprise Day

Student ambassadors from Penwith College helped out at a Junior Enterprise Day at Bodriggy Academy in Hayle recently.

Janna Richards, Ellie Tonkin, Charlotte Nicholas and Ben Jackson, all studying Health & Social Care at Penwith College, helped Year 6 students with a project to form ‘companies’ and invent a product or service that is sustainable and eco-friendly. The day was organised by the Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership, and support on the day was provided by local businesses including Flock Follies, Happy Energy, Natwest and Superfast Cornwall.

The Penwith students each worked with a ‘company’ of six, assisting them in developing their ideas and helping them with their chosen project. They encouraged their group to complete various business-related tasks in relation to their challenge, including assignment of roles, company meetings and creating a product presentation.

The day was an invaluable opportunity in providing the College students with experience in a classroom environment, which in turn improved their confidence in providing assistance and guidance to the school pupils. The students also commented that it was useful in learning how to communicate with children, as well as to the business professionals.

 

Public Services students during their trip.

Public Services students during their trip.

Dartmoor adventure

First year students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services took part in a residential visit to Dartmoor recently.

The trip formed part of the Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions unit of the course, which enables students to validate their learning undertaken throughout the year in a practical enviroment.

The range of skills put into practice during the visit included navigation, using a map and compass, campcraft, hazard perception and budgeting, as well as teamwork and leadership.

Louise Coley, Deputy Team Leader for Sport and Public Services, said, “Experiences such as this enable the students to develop their skills, techniques and theoretical knowledge and take responsibility for their own learning in a vocational setting.”