Careers – Employer Area

Local Businesses – We Need Your Expertise!

At Torpoint Community College we are busy growing your employees of the future. We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting industries in Cornwall and Plymouth and further afield.

Inspire Young Minds

Being part of our business support network will provide you moments of great satisfaction but striving to make a difference can also be an exciting challenge! Having employers like you helping to inspire young minds and transform attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities is the foundation of an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good practice and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Torpoint has the benefit of a key business volunteer who works with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally as an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and they are part of the Cornwall Careers Hub community of support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector. For a list of Cornwall businesses who are volunteering in the EA role please visit the CIoS Careers Hub website.

Our Enterprise Adviser is Julie Putman. Julie has supported Torpoint Community College since the launch of our Enterprise Adviser Network. She is the regional manager for the CIOB and also a former students and so she understands the context of our college well. Julie has been instrumental in connecting our College with employers and professionals to take part in our planned programme of employer encounters. Our Enterprise Coordinator from the Careers and Enterprise Company is Lucy Wooldridge.

Enterprise Adviser Name – Julie Putman
CIOB Regional Manager and alumnus

Ways to Support

  • Be part of our Mock interviews with Year 10 or 11 students and help them structure their CVs
  • Get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities
  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
  • Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
  • Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships
  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc
  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry
  • Offer a work experience placement for students at your business premises
  • Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school
  • Provide a Supported Internship opportunity

What to Expect…

By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff, forging community links and building a positive profile for your company.

We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time. Our Careers Leader is Davina Bray ( and they will:

  • Be your main point of contact for all enquiries
  • Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sign up to
  • Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy
  • Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right
  • With your permission add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities