New funding to provide tailored skills to Cornish businesses
Published: 9th November 2021
A new European Social Funded (ESF) project is helping to boost a range of industry sectors across Cornwall by giving local businesses the bespoke skills, training and qualifications they really need.
Launched by CCB Training, the business skills and training arm of The Cornwall College Group, the new Skills for Cornwall project will support training needs in a range of sectors including agriculture, rural, health, engineering and construction.
Skills for Cornwall is funded by the ESF Business Clusters Project, with its focus on developing sectors identified as priorities by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), offering a range of opportunities to boost local business growth.
Lorna Martin, head of apprenticeships and external engagement at CCB Training, described Skills for Cornwall as “a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.”
“There are two ways for businesses to get involved with the project,” Lorna continued.
“Firstly, is the £3,000 of funding available through the Apprenticeship Development Fund. This is aimed at businesses that take on a new or existing staff member to an apprenticeship in either motor vehicle (light & heavy), bricklaying, healthcare or property maintenance. In return, we ask for feedback on ways to develop the apprenticeship.”
This funding is additional to existing government’s grants and incentives, and could see some businesses benefit by up to £7,000.
Lorna added: “Secondly, we are looking for businesses to help us gain further insight on how we can develop the right training and qualifications to best suit our own regional economy.
“Through a series of free networking events with key industry speakers, we’re looking to connect with businesses from the agriculture, rural, health, engineering and construction sectors,” said Lorna.
“Your expertise is the type of insight that will enable us to develop new tailored apprenticeships or foundation degrees to meet businesses future needs.”
An employer already benefiting from the project is Shaun Jamison, Senior Engineer of Smith’s Boatyard, Rock who quoted:
‘’As an SME in the marine sector it is important to us that we employ good people with a strong foundation from which to build their skills.
For some time there has been a gap emerging between the educational courses available and the skills needed to succeed in the industry. ‘’
We believe that Skills for Cornwall is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide feedback to The Cornwall College Group, to help bridge that gap between education and employment.’’
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