CREATE-ing a partnership to boost Cornwall’s economy
Hundreds of small and medium sized businesses across Cornwall are being offered a six-month wage subsidy for recruiting and training new workers under a £4 million scheme part-financed by the Objective One Programme.
CREATE – Cornwall Recruit and Train for Employers – will pay businesses up to 45% of the first £144 of wages, or £64.80 per week, to SMEs wanting to recruit permanent new staff, on condition that they undertake a training needs analysis and subscribe to relevant vocational training.
The two-year programme, which has been awarded £1 million of Objective One funding under the European Social Fund, is expected to benefit 456 employees.
Businesses can apply for the six-month subsidy for a maximum of two employees under the CREATE programme, but they can continue to use other subsidy packages such as the New Deal.
The scheme is open to all businesses in Cornwall employing less than 250 people and has been tailor-made to reflect the diverse needs of SMEs in the county.
The employer is free to choose when and where the training is delivered and can choose to receive the training from a number of organisations.
The employer can also choose to use the wage subsidy to hire a new recruit who may not require specific training, and then use the training element of the package to train an existing employee.
Project co-ordinator Janet Tresidder, who has been seconded from the Employment Service, said: “There are very few restrictions on the freedom of Cornwall’s businesses to shape the project in a way that suits them.
“We are really looking for companies who are expanding or looking to expand and as long as they employ under 250 people and are in Cornwall they qualify. We believe the scheme will make a significant contribution to improving the economy of Cornwall.”
As well as the wage subsidy, businesses will benefit from an individual training needs analysis and a tailored vocational training package. Quarterly evaluations and assessments will monitor the success of placements.
A number of businesses have already pledged to support the new scheme which is supported by Cornwall Enterprise, Cornwall College, the Employment Service and Penwith Housing Association.
The college will provide accommodation for the administrative unit controlling the scheme. Joblink, part of Cornwall Enterprise, and the college will provide the training elements.
Penwith Housing Association will provide permanent placements to trainees coming through Build and Train Schemes and CREATE expects other training providers will become involved during the course of the project.
Any business wanting to know more about the scheme can contact Janet Tressider on 01209 611600.
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