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Employability Module Adds Value to Truro & Penwith College Construction Courses

Truro & Penwith College

Truro and Penwith College Construction Students will be receiving additional industry specific fitness training as part of their academic programme of study, thanks to a new employability module developed and delivered by the College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport Team. The programme of training is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, and helps the College remain at the forefront of post-16 education.

The six week practical programme called 'Fit for College : Fit for Work' has been developed for students who are training to enter the construction industry, and are studying carpentry, plastering or bricklaying. The course, which has been endorsed by leading names from the industry including 'Bovis Homes' and 'Screw Fix', will prepare students for the physically demanding workplace. Students will be taught safe lifting techniques, alongside ways to develop their own personal strength.

Truro & Penwith College

The majority of the technique training takes place in the College's fitness suite, with some industry specific practical sessions being undertaken in the construction education buildings. The course will be delivered to students from a different area of construction each term, Carpentry in the Spring, Plastering in the Summer and Bricklaying in the Autumn term. On successful completion of the course, all students will be awarded a certificate endorsed by Bovis Homes and Screw Fix.

The first 'Fit for College : Fit for Work' course has just been delivered and has seen 28 carpentry students successfully complete the programme. Each student undertook observational assessments on safe movement of materials and weights, and demonstrated an understanding of being healthy and ensuring physical wellbeing.

In a post course satisfaction survey, all students who completed the course said that they thought the course helped them prepare for the construction industry, and recommended this training to other construction students.

Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at Truro and Penwith College, said "We recognise the importance of ensuring that our students are prepared for the work place, and developing employability skills is one of our key focuses. The Fit for College : Fit for Work training ensures our students undertake specific individual development, that industry experts consider to be best practice".