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A New Direction for Petroc Tiverton

Petroc is pleased to announce a new direction for our Tiverton campus. 

Our bold, new approach to delivering engaging, inclusive and diverse further education will build on our existing commitment to our learners and the vibrant community we are proud to be part of.

At Petroc, we believe strongly in cultivating opportunities that allow our students, graduates and apprentices to find excellent career opportunities locally.

This is why we have devised our Curriculum for The Community. A leading initiative that reflects the needs of local business in the courses, apprenticeships and skill development opportunities we offer. Our four key focus areas will be Business, Construction, Health & Care and Preparation for Adulthood and Foundation Learning. Within these four key areas sits a broad spectrum of engaging and forward-looking roles that our students can move into.

Craig Litster, Interim Vice Principal at Petroc said “We want all of our learners to discover their own excellence through learning. Whether that means qualifications that lead to a work placement or university place or an apprenticeship that offers valuable work based experience and mentoring. 

We have built strong links with the local community to create local opportunities for local learners. We partner our graduates, alumni and apprentices with local businesses and in this way we are doing our part to contribute to the prosperity and growth of enterprise and industry here in the South West.” 

By providing focused choices and pathways we can deliver excellence in learning and ensure that our students find a way to develop successful and sustainable careers in the South West.

Over the years we have built strong relationships with numerous local businesses, organisations and charities and these have led to valuable careers for many of our alumni.

Alongside our evolving curriculum, shaped by the needs of our students and our community we are committed to developing those essential foundation skills that will benefit all those embarking on a new career.

Structured learning is supported with individual mentoring and a bespoke approach for each individual. From T Levels and vocational courses to apprenticeships across a focused selection of topics and industries, we offer a specialised education experience that can lead to a place at university or directly into employment.

We welcome applications from all learners and have an inclusive, individual approach that will benefit students whatever their needs, aspirations and abilities.

Sean Mackney, Principal and CEO at Petroc said “Whether you want a career that takes you around the globe, or a profession that allows you to stay close to home in Devon, Petroc can help you achieve your ambitions. Our dynamic approach to teaching and learning and our evolving community focussed curriculum is adapted to meet your needs so that you can achieve more.

On our beautiful Tiverton campus you’ll find a wealth of facilities for sport, leisure, studying and socialising. Everything here is designed to create an inspiring space to take the next steps towards your career goals.” 

Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said “Petroc Tiverton continues to deliver fantastic learning opportunities for the local community – giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

I am highly impressed by their ‘Curriculum for the Community’, outlining their commitment to Mid Devon and the college’s mission to ensure their graduates are trained to the highest possible standards in their chosen fields.

Post-16 courses, such as Construction and Health & Social Care, are strengthening the resilience of our local economy by providing prospective job seekers with an expert education, hands-on experience, and career guidance. Demand within these sectors is at an all-time high, and I have no doubt that Petroc alumni will provide a much-needed boost to these industries.

I also greatly welcome the lengths Petroc has taken to ensure their courses remain accessible and available to residents across Devon. Their offer of free student transport between Tiverton and Barnstaple campuses highlights their ongoing pledge to support local learners and enhance work and educational opportunities for all.”

With a riverside location in the heart of the Devon countryside and our extensive facilities, we offer all the benefits of a further education campus experience with a welcoming and community focussed feel. 

An extensive campus refurbishment plan is underway with some developments already open and the rest due for completion in time for September 2022. The brand new facilities will include exciting new learning and social spaces, an onsite gym, new classrooms, a Higher Education space, a Costa cafe and a revamped reception area and learning centre. In addition to this, the College will be providing a bus service between the Tiverton and Barnstaple campuses, further enhancing the opportunities for local learners.

These positive changes and our comprehensive plans for the future mean that there has never been a better time to consider a further education course at Petroc Tiverton. 

With this fresh approach to learning and teaching, community connections and business partnerships our ethos remains grounded in an unwavering dedication to helping each individual learner reach their potential.

Investing in people and building prosperity in the South West through education is our heritage, our present and our exciting future.

For more information, join us at our Tiverton Campus open event on Wednesday 6 April, where Principal and CEO Sean Mackney will be delivering a presentation of this new vision. Please register your attendance at https://petroc-tiverton-our-new-vision.eventbrite.co.uk


16 March 2022


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