Truro And Penrith College News February 2015

St. Austell Brewery Extends Its Apprenticeships And Training Partnership With Truro And Penwith College

St Austell BrewerySt. Austell Brewery has announced that thirty new jobs are being advertised for new apprentices to start their career with them. These positions are in their pubs and restaurants across Cornwall as future pub chefs and in key front of house roles, with the company’s tenant partners also offering placement opportunities.

Recruitment for these posts will be through an open day at the County Arms, Truro on Saturday 21st February from 10am until 3pm, through St Austell Brewery’s Careers website and through applications to Truro and Penwith College Business Apprenticeship Recruitment team by contacting them on 01872 267531. The apprenticeship training programme will start just before Easter. The open day will provide the perfect opportunity for potential candidates to gain an understanding of the roles and training offered and to meet with representatives from both the College and St. Austell Brewery.

The 30 new apprenticeships are part of an ongoing and growing partnership between St. Austell Brewery and Truro and Penwith College to provide careers within the hospitality sector, accompanied by high quality relevant training that will enable people to launch their careers. These 30 apprentices are in addition to 10 who started with Truro and Penwith College and St. Austell Brewery last year, making St. Austell Brewery one of the most important companies offering apprenticeship opportunities in Cornwall.

Truro and Penwith College Business is developing the apprenticeship programmes so that new apprentices will benefit from bespoke, tailored training. This will ensure that the new delivery meets the business’ needs and contributes to the vision for its future success, as well as developing valuable young talent across the organisation.

Martin Tucker, Director, Truro and Penwith College explained: “This is a great opportunity for young people in Cornwall to learn the hospitality trade with one of Cornwall’s growing businesses. It is a marvellous example of the College working in partnership with St. Austell Brewery providing great opportunities for young people in the county. We already have had 100 new apprenticeships in hospitality this year employed by local businesses and training with the College. The College’s investment plans to base catering and business conference facilities in the new stadium would certainly encourage further economic activity in these areas which will benefit everyone in the community.”

St. Austell Brewery currently employs around 1000 people over 25 managed hotels, pubs and inns across Cornwall and Devon, as well as offering valuable employment to thousands more people across the south west through 145 tenanted pubs.

Adam Luck, St Austell Brewery Estate Director, said: “More than any other industry, pubs are people businesses and the best pubs owe their success to the quality, skills and attitudes of the people who work in them. We are delighted to be working with Truro and Penwith and hope this latest scheme will encourage more young people to choose to develop their careers in the hospitality sector.”

Truro and Penwith College Business are also supporting St Austell Brewery with a Management programme tailored to invest in and develop existing team leaders and supervisors within the business to become more effective at managing people and operations.


Classic Story Given A Spanish Twist

Firewalk Theatre Company during their performance.

Firewalk Theatre Company during their performance.

The Spanish Department at Truro College were delighted to welcome Firewalk Theatre, who performed to the College’s A Level and IB students alongside adults from part-time Spanish courses and visiting students from Truro School, Truro High School and St Joseph’s School.

This year the actors performed an amusing but thought provoking adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, ‘Robinson Crusoe,’ which questioned the meaning of freedom, ownership and slavery. The play was performed, as always, in Spanish, with a good degree of humour, slapstick and audience interaction thrown in for good measure. Students were able to follow the play, regardless of their level of Spanish, and were supported by a written copy of the script and an activity pack which were provided prior to the day.

This was another very successful event hosted by the Languages Department and both an interesting and motivating way to hear Spanish spoken by native speakers in a creative setting. Students reacted enthusiastically following the riveting performance. Dina Carter from Falmouth, who is studying A2 Spanish which she started as a beginner last year said: “The play was really funny and the actors were amazing. We are lucky to have such a great opportunity.” Clem Hocking from Looe described it as “unique and hilarious,” adding, “It was nice to see something different in Cornwall.”

Firewalk is an international theatre company based in Zaragoza, Spain which has been visiting Truro College for over ten years. It specialises in writing and performing plays for language students of all ages and the company visit schools and colleges across the UK as well as performing their plays in English for students in Spain.

Spanish lecturer at Truro College, Helen Clarke, commented: “As always, Firewalk’s performance was received positively by all spectators. This kind of event is highly motivating and enjoyable for learners and offers the type of valuable extracurricular experience that complements the academic demands of A Level and International Baccalaureate courses. The Languages Department as a whole are keen to support and promote these opportunities for their students.”


Enigma Machine Demonstration For Academic Academy Students

From left to right: Dr James Grimes with students Hannah May, Abbey Thomas, Alana Griffiths, Greg Bird, Christian Latosinski and Edward Clark.

From left to right: Dr James Grimes with students Hannah May, Abbey Thomas, Alana Griffiths, Greg Bird, Christian Latosinski and Edward Clark.

Mathematician Dr James Grimes gave a lecture to Truro and Penwith College Academic Academy students on the subject ‘Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine’ demonstrating the application of mathematics.

After working in research in combinatorics and group theory, Dr Grimes joined the Millennium Mathematics Project from the University of Cambridge. On their behalf he ran The Enigma Project, with the aim to bring mathematics to life through the fascinating history and mathematics of codes and code breaking.

This captivating lecture to the College’s group of Academic Academy students led to the fascinating battle of man against machine which included a full demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine. Maths students were given an insight into the applications of mathematics in securing data and code breaking.

Andy Stittle, Quality Assurance Leader for the College, commented:

“This was a great opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the applications of mathematics and to have a flavour of the subject beyond their A Level study. It was of particular interest to many students who wanted to discover more about the great mathematician after seeing the film ‘The Imitation Game.’ The event was arranged through the Truro and Penwith Mathematics Hub, one of only 32 Government designated nationally, which requires the colleges to share its expertise and to support the development of mathematics in schools and colleges across Devon and Cornwall.”


Truro College’s Cody Burdett Is Chosen For National Hockey Squad

Cody Burdett during her training with the Truro College Hockey Academy.

Cody Burdett during her training with the Truro College Hockey Academy.

Truro and Penwith College student Cody Burdett has been selected to be part of the National Association of Colleges Sport (formerly British Colleges Sport) Women’s Hockey Squad.

Cody, from Truro, is in her second year studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fitness, Development and Coaching at Truro College and has been a member of the College’s Hockey Academy since September 2013. She is also a member of one of Cornwall’s Premier Hockey Club ladies sides, Newquay Hockey Club, and has worked her way up to being selected to play in several first team matches throughout the first half of this current season.

She attended the National AoC trials in Cannock at the end of November and was up against the best players from all regions in the UK. She was one of only 6 players from the South West region who were selected to be part of the 20 strong squad.

Truro College’s Hockey Academy Coach Lora Millward congratulates Cody on getting in. She said: “Over the last few months Cody has worked really hard at her fitness and match play. She is a completely different player now to when she first started at college last year. Confidence in herself and as a player has grown noticeably and some of her skills and attacking runs at goal can only be described as ‘dazzling’, not to mention some of the cracking goals she has created and scored. She is a danger to any opposition’s defence and a valuable member of both the College and Newquay’s teams.”

Truro and Penwith College looks forward to seeing how Cody progresses with her national call up and wishes her the best of luck going forward.