Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Cornish Workforce Skills are on the up

Over eighty aspiring Cornish managers, coaches, teachers and mental health professionals gathered from across the region to get a taste of their future careers by attending free taster sessions designed to support individual professional development.

Offered as part of the ESF-funded Higher Level Skills project and delivered by Truro and Penwith College, sessions gave learners an insight into what it would be like to access or re-engage in study at a Higher Level.

From Leadership and Management to Marketing and PR and from Coaching and Mentoring to an Introduction to Teaching, attendees engaged in a range of subjects with the additional opportunity to find out more about related qualifications and the support available at the TEF Gold-rated College.

People of all ages, professions and backgrounds wanting to change career paths or work towards a promotion within their current roles attended sessions with the same goal in mind: to upskill, progress and pursue their careers further.

Julie Cherry from Foye attended a free Marketing and PR taster session to gain some more insight into the world of marketing and plans to attend further sessions in Event Management to develop her skillset.

Within her current administrative role at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Julie already updates information on the website, runs social media channels for individual projects and helps to organise events and work experience. Hoping to take away some valuable skills that she could use in the workplace, she found the session to be worthwhile and informative.

She said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to come to free taster sessions in a broad variety of courses. It’s given me the chance to review and reflect on my day-to-day work and how I can improve and progress.”

Not only did attendees have the opportunity to learn more about specific subject areas, they also had the chance to network with other people in a similar situation to them, learning by sharing experiences.

Julie said: “It was so lovely to meet a range of people from all different backgrounds, all interested in the same subject area.”

ESF Project Coordinator Madeline Richardson was pleased that the opportunities available could help people within both the workplace, and those looking for new careers.

She said: “We met some lovely people last week at the tasters and had some fantastic feedback. Everyone who attended a free taster session has now been offered the opportunity of 1-1 advice and guidance to discuss their next steps, and we hope we have whetted some appetites for further learning too.”

If you’re interested in accessing Higher Level Skills taster sessions with Truro and Penwith College, contact or visit the website for details of the next upcoming sessions: