The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) is taking steps to boost the employability of its students with the launch of its new programme.

The CCG is giving local and regional businesses a say in shaping the skills that students will learn during their studies with its series of panel discussions focussing on what future employees might need.

The discussion panels, called employment advisory boards (EABs), will cover individual subjects and look to involve local employers in key decisions.

The announcement of the EABs has comes after TCCG has seen further investment in their student experience and teaching.

The first EABs will cover engineering, construction and land-based courses with building firm Kier are leading on the construction talks while The Newt will chair the panel covering land-based skills, with input from the world-renowned Eden Project.

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The engineering discussions are being chaired by Philip Anthony of Redruth firm DP Engineering with representatives from Polymermedics, Morthotics, BD and A&P also attending to share their views on what skills they look for when recruiting.

Justin Olosunde, TCCG’s Assistant Principal External Engagement and Business Innovation, is spearheading the employer advisory board project.

Justin said: "The recently published White Paper (Skills for Jobs) aims to strengthen links between employers and further education providers.

"At Cornwall College, we have always sought to ensure our courses for young people and adults are tailored to the needs of our employers, the role of our newly created Employer Advisor Boards is to build on that work and place employers at the heart of defining local skills needs and our response to them."

Courses and facilities at the colleges are being shown at a number of interactive virtual events, which can be seen on the website: