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Qualifications + work experience = a Career Edge

If you are wondering what to do after GCSEs we can help. Our courses are developed to help you reach your full potential. To do this we combine your qualification with work experience and personal skills and development to make you stand out from the crowd. We want to make sure that you are well prepared for the workplace or higher education no matter what you decide to do with your future.

Here at The Career College we like to begin with the end in mind and train people for specific careers, with hands-on practical training you can take straight into the workplace. This starts with two options; full-time education or an apprenticeship.

Full-time education at Cornwall College begins with choosing a specialist qualification designed with your chosen career in mind. We have over 80 subjects to choose from Aircraft Engineering to Zoology and everything in-between.

If you are fortunate enough to know the career route you want to follow, why wait? With an apprenticeship you can earn a real salary and learn in the workplace while you gain experience and qualifications. Throughout your apprenticeship you will have the support of your college tutor to ensure your learning is on track and an apprenticeship advisor who will visit you at work to make sure you are happy and thriving in the workplace.

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  Featured Courses

Craft Masonry Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Construction

This very specialist one-year diploma is essential if you want to work in building construction in the Southwest. You will study how to interpret working drawings, setting out masonry structures, building solid and cavity walls to form craft masonry structures, producing internal and external finishes, installing pitched roof systems. Craft masonry is similar to bricklaying, but also provides more comprehensive training in plastering and roofing and working with a broader range of materials. A craft masonry qualification offers much more specialist skills that are relevant to the materials used in the region and such a qualification will make you stand out from the crowd. To work on a construction site you need to have a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card, which covers essential health and safety, however if you wish to earn more than a labourer, gaining a technical skills qualification will provide you with a great start to a career. You can train full-time with us for up to three years with the option to move in to an apprenticeship at any time. We also offer a Level 1 qualification to get you started if you do not meet these entry requirements.

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Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Motor Vehicle

This course is a perfect progression from the Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance Technician and develops existing knowledge by examining the components of vehicle maintenance and repair in more detail, preparing you with an advanced skillset necessary for success in a fast-moving and dynamic industry. The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about gaining a rounded knowledge and the practical skills required for a job in the industry – you’ll be spending a lot of time in our workshop, putting your knowledge into practice and improving your hand skills and diagnostic knowledge. You’ll be looking at everything: engines, tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission, electrics and electronics. Basically, if it’s in a car, you’ll be studying it and developing all of the essential skills you need as a technician, practicing and carrying out maintenance and repair activities as you progress through the course. Our workshop features industry-standard equipment and kit, exactly like a working garage. We also have a strong partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), so employers know an automotive qualification from The Cornwall College Group means you have the very best skills as a mechanic or technician. So, if you are looking to develop a career in the automotive industry, want to learn from industry professionals and have a passion for the ever changing vehicle technologies then this is the best place to start. As a Level 2 course, this diploma is all about getting you ready for a professional career in the automotive industry by developing your essential skills and knowledge. You’ll be learning from and working with a passionate team who believe in supporting you so that you can achieve your goals in the industry. At the end of the course the qualification will be recognised by industry in many countries around the world.

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Skills For Digital Professionals Suite

Level 3 • Full-time • Digital Academy

The digital world involves many very different careers so this qualification prepares you for as many of them as possible. In the first year you will learn the basics of how computers work plus how to create a proper database (the sort people will pay for), how to use social media to help a business, how to code and how to create a Website by writing the code yourself. In the second year you will get into cyber security, more programming, how to support other people who use digital systems and more. Your home will be the digital tech suites of The Creative and Digital Academy which includes its very own PC clinic.

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Professional Cookery Certificate

Level 2 • Full-time • Catering

The Level 2 Professional Cookery is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the Hospitality and Catering industry. If you want to work in a fast-paced, action-packed and creative industry then look no further than a career in catering. The opportunities for career progression in this industry are some of the best. From commis chef to sous chef, all the way up to head chef, if you are willing to put in the hard work you could be running your own kitchen in a few years’ time. As a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence in three disciplines, and AA Highly Commended College Rosette Restaurant winner, there really is nowhere better to study catering and hospitality. You will start your catering studies on our Level 2 course depending on your GCSE results and skills test. From here, you can then progress on to our Professional Cookery Diploma Level 3. Our specialist professional chef courses are available for those who would like to take their studies further and have the relevant Level 2 and 3 qualifications.

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  Work experience and industry placements

If you are between 16 and 18 years old it is a requirement that you undertake a Work Experience Placement whilst you are on your course. This involves working at a local business which is in the same industry as your course, i.e. if you are taking a hair dressing qualification you may work at a local hair salon. The minimum amount of time you would spend on work experience is one week but this will change depending on your course.

If you are on a level 3 course your work experience may take the form of an Industry Placement. An Industry Placement is a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) and involves actively contributing to the workplace whilst working on targets which you have set yourself. These targets may be hard skills i.e. knowledge and skills related to the industry, as well as soft skills i.e. behaviours, values and employability.

The Industry Placement and Work Experience Placement that you undertake will depend on your course and circumstances. This will be discussed in more detail at your interview. See the current vacancies we have to give you an idea of what is possible.

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  Current work experience vacancies

Trainee electrician , G R Electrical Contractors

Trainee electrician wanted to install all aspects of domestic and industrial electrical systems including Positive Input Ventilation systems. Please contact Grant Rowe on 07572 021302.

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Administrative Surveyor Intern, CORALTECH SURVEY

Dynamic role in the renewable energy industry providing survey project support including but not limited to; report compilation, data processing & quality control of Client deliverables. Supportin

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Farm Assistant, Trevathan Farm

Duties will include general farm/animal tasks such as sorting feed bags and water buckets.

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Engineering Placement, Totus Engineering Ltd

General duties.

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Pool Assistant ,Tencreek Holiday Park (Dolphin Holidays)

Duties will include: Lifeguarding Cleaning Pool First Aid

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Animal Care Assistant, Tamar Valley Donkey Park

Duties will include: Feeding Cleaning moving and mucking out of the animals and enclosures.

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Hospitality & Front of House
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Arts & Media
Travel & Tourism
Motor Vehicle
Military & Protective Services Academy
Teaching & Education
Children, Schools & Families

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Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020

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Publish date: 1 October 2019

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

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