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Cornish businesses urged to shape training with £3m fund

Published: September 13, 2018

Cornwall College

A new project backed with over £3 million of European money is calling on Cornish employers to help shape training in the county while accessing free funding.

Lead partner of Developing Skills 4 Business (DS4B), The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), said the European Social Fund (ESF) money would also enable businesses to secure £3,000 to support them in participating in the project

And while Brexit is imminent, Customer Service Manager Jen Siggs, said DS4B will run until the end of April 2020.

“I would urge all businesses in Cornwall to get in touch and have their say and seat at the table in fashioning the future training and apprenticeship standards for their sector,” she continued.

“It will give them a voice, help shape work-ready employees for their sector.”

Sectors covered by the project include vital industries to the Cornish economy, including marine, manufacturing & engineering, construction (including heritage and sustainable), digital, hospitality, health and care, rural and small business.

Partners of DS4B include the Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Food Foundation, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Digital Peninsula Network, Pirate FM, Cornwall Council, Software Cornwall and the Cornwall Manufacturing Forum.

Paul Massey, Director Bluefruit Software, said the project “is a unique opportunity for software businesses in Cornwall to shape the training programmes for students and employees”.

“By creating a cutting-edge learning environment for the abundant raw talent in Cornwall, our goal is to scale our world-class tech workforce,” he added.

Businesses can find out about how they can get involved by contacting their sector body, calling Jen Siggs via 0330 123 2523 or emailing enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk




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