University expertise boosts local
Graduate Ross Trewhella (left) and Unlocking Cornish Potential
Project Manager, Allyson Glover (right)
A local graduate is helping a Penwith based business to build
on its position at the cutting edge of the high tech e-learning
industry thanks to Unlocking Cornish Potential, a scheme set
up through the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative
which gives graduates a challenging, rewarding start to their
careers and brings new expertise into Cornish companies.
The company, Providers of Telecoms Training (PTT) delivers
training via the Internet and CDROMs to the worldwide telecoms
industry and Government bodies from its rural premises in
West Penwith. Through the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP)
Scheme, PTT has recruited Ross Trewhella for a 12-month placement
in the role of Analyst Programmer, to develop new e-learning
solutions for the company. Ross, aged 23 lives in Canonstown
near Hayle and studied Computer Science at Truro College and
Exeter University. After graduating, he worked for a year
in the USA before returning to Cornwall.
"Operating in the relatively young, fast moving e-learning
industry, PTT must meet the increasingly sophisticated expectations
of its corporate clients around the world," said Bob
Nott, Managing Director of PTT. "To help in this, PTT
asked UCP to help in the task of recruiting a graduate. We
asked for candidates who not only had specific programming
skills but also had a flair for graphic design as well as
the ability to work as part of a small team. We realised that
this was a demanding request, but UCP did find us a graduate
who is proving to be an asset to the company."
As well as improving PTT's current systems, Ross's major
project to date has been the development of a new Learning
Management System which allows trainees to study its range
of courses, no matter where in the world they may be.
"After my education it was my impression that it
was difficult to find employment within Cornwall that would
fully utilise the skills I had gained and allow them to grow," said Ross Trewhella. "But, thanks to PTT and Unlocking
Cornish Potential, I am now at the forefront of a major software
development project that is to be used by international business;
while also gaining knowledge about the fast moving e-learning
The UCP programme, which is managed by Cornwall College (one
of the CUC partners), has already created 57 graduate placements
with 50 companies since it was launched in April 2004.
Allyson Glover, Project Manager of UCP commented: "I
cannot think of a better example of how Unlocking Cornish
Potential works. With the skills he acquired at university
Ross is helping PTT go from strength to strength. At the same
time, Ross has made an excellent start to his career and is
acquiring that all-important business experience."
The current UCP programme builds on the success of Unlocking
Potential, a 5-year programme run by the University of Plymouth
throughout Cornwall and Devon until November 2002. Investment
in UCP through Objective One means that participating businesses
receive 30% of the cost of taking on their graduate for the
duration of the project (typically between 6 and 15 months).
Current graduate vacancies can be seen now at www.unlockingcornishpotential.co.uk.
For more on PTT's e-learning solutions visit www.ptt.co.uk or www.learntelecoms.com.
For further information contact David Kirk in the CUC PR
& Communications Office on 01326 370471, or 07834676942
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One programme for Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall
through the European Social Fund (ESF).
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities of
Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open
University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the
Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education
colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.
It aims not only to provide the students of the future with
more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the
economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the
South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
For more information, please contact David Kirk in the CUC
PR & Communications Office:
Tel: 01326 370471
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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