Cornwall’s latest careers initiative is set to offer valuable employer experience opportunities to thousands of young people.

Truro and Penwith College is enhancing its strong partnerships in Cornwall’s business community to grow its diverse network of employers dedicated to offering unrivalled careers engagement and experiences to students through its new ‘Partnership Pledge’.

The opportunities created by the Pledge will raise awareness and aspirations among the college’s student community, addressing skills gaps and the future workforce needs of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The work is part of the college’s commitment to offer a valuable employer experience to every single one of its thousands of 16 to 18-year-old learners across its campuses in Penzance, Truro and Bodmin.

The pledge has been developed with support from leading business support organisations; Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Your Partnerships, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Careers Hub as the college takes its careers strategy to the ‘next level’.

Cornwall’s leading business support organisations have been the first to sign the pledge, recognising the value it creates for Cornwall’s future workforce, offering their support to communicate the opportunity to their employer networks.

The college is welcoming both existing partners and new employers to its Partnership Pledge over the summer in readiness to enhance its already high-quality careers programme and inspiring range of employer engagement opportunities across the breadth of its curriculum from September 2023.

Hayley McKinstry, director of business partnerships and apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College said: “I’d like to thank Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Your Partnerships, the FSB, the Careers Hub and the college’s careers team for the support in devising our new Partnership Pledge that will take our already nationally leading careers programme to the next level.”

The pledge has been well received by the business community with employers already coming forward to support the college’s efforts.

Kim Conchie, CEO at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to work with Truro and Penwith College on this clear and long-term plan to retain and attract the best young people for Cornwall’s enterprises. A well-motivated and trained workforce in the sectors that Cornwall wants to be famous for is essential to our future prosperity and wellbeing. We are looking forward to the partnership.”

Those able to offer an industry work placement are expected to benefit from fresh ideas, identifying new talent, opportunities for staff to develop mentoring and supervisory skills and the repetitional benefits of supporting young people.

Facilities opened alongside the launch of a new careers strategy that has seen the college offer an enhanced level of careers advice to not only its own students, but young people aged 11 to 18 across Cornwall to realise their career ambitions and find their futures.

The college is still accepting applications for students wishing to start their journey in September at

Interested employers can discover more about the Partnership Pledge and arrange a conversation by completing the college’s online form at