College launches new city centre venue

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City College is taking its next steps in support of the city, its people and local employers, in line with its vision and purpose to become the learning destination of choice.

Coinciding with the Association of Colleges’ national Love Our Colleges week-long campaign, the new venue, Pinpoint, will open to the public on Friday 22 October, making it easier than ever to find out about the range of courses and Apprenticeships offered by the South West’s number one further education college. Pinpoint will provide guidance on skills needs, identify employee and employer training funding, and showcase the new and exciting changes within the skills arena.

The College has refurbished the former Plymouth Advice Centre for Employment, situated in Union Street, and will use the revamped building as the working home of its highly successful Employer Solutions team, which supports employers with advice about Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Kickstart training and courses designed specifically to develop the skills of employees.

Chief Executive of City College, Jackie Grubb, said: “City College is the College for Plymouth and what better way to support the city, its people and its employers than with a location right in the heart of Plymouth.

“Pinpoint is another example of the investment the College is making to support our vital industries and to ensure we are doing everything we can to provide them with the essential skills their workforce needs.”

In addition to being a one-stop-shop for employers, Pinpoint will also be a drop-in centre for free information, advice and guidance for anyone wanting to learn about how further and higher education can support them with their career goals.

Pinpoint will also become a teaching venue for the College’s highly sought-after first aid courses and professionally accredited provision, including management, accountancy and legal executive courses.

For local businesses looking to hire space for conference or meeting facilities in the City Centre, Pinpoint will provide this service and will also have space for those looking for a change to working from home, with free Wifi available.

Jackie added: “We want to be an essential part in the growth of our economy, in developing green technologies, in expanding our marine sector and we will become an outstanding example for providers of quality health and social care. Whatever your industry, through skills and training, we will be at the centre of this ambition of seeing Plymouth become the place to live, learn and work.

The public are welcome to visit Pinpoint between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Friday 22 October to view the newly refurbished site for themselves and ask any questions they might have about courses and training provided at City College. There will also be the chance for anyone aged 16 to 18 to enrol on a course for this academic year.

Pinpoint will open 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.