Getting young people back on the road to work

A major project to help young people in Cornwall off benefit and back into work has been awarded a total of £144,925 under Objective One.

The two-year Volunteers Programme - Cornwall project, run by The Prince’s Trust, and delivered in collaboration with Cornwall College, will focus on the needs of 76 unemployed 16 to 25 year olds, particularly supporting those excluded from the Government’s New Deal scheme.

Complementing the Government’s strategy of helping young people move from welfare to work, the Volunteers Programme, with a total project cost of £289,851 will be expanded from south and west Cornwall to the north and east of the county using the grant money form the European Social Fund (ESF).

This will enable the Trust and the College to help more young people equip themselves with the necessary skills to find employment by accessing a 12 week personal development programme.

The programme also helps young jobless to develop the motivation and confidence to meet the challenges of the workplace, through team working, work experience and participation in the community.

The long-term aim of the Trust and the College is to contribute to the prosperity and regeneration of Cornwall through improving the skills of the workforce and encouraging inward investment in the county.

Peter Cudmore of the Prince’s Trust said: “It is clear that young people are leaving the area to look for employment opportunities.

“Our target is to help create the kind of skills base that will attract new companies to the area, encouraging those young people to stay.”

Cas Leo, Project Director adds: “There are many disaffected young people in Cornwall and the current Prince’s Trust Volunteers Programme (which was awarded just over £200, 000 from ESF under the Objective One programme earlier this year) has been successfully focused in the west of the county. These additional funds will allow the Prince’s Trust and Cornwall College to extend and build on the good work achieved to date for the young people in areas currently denied the opportunity of access to the scheme.”

At the heart of the Volunteers Programme are seven main aims:

Promote positive attitudes to learning and employment
Provide skill development in areas such as working with and caring for others, and problem solving and taking responsibility
Help young people at risk of social exclusion and disadvantaged and give them future purpose and a career path
Provide the opportunity to identify weaknesses and a personal development plan to address them
Help young people realise their full potential through development of key skills, attributes and recognised qualifications
Introduce disadvantaged young people to positive role models to improve their self-confidence and self esteem
Encourage disadvantaged young people to work with others from different backgrounds to develop tolerance, mutual understanding and respect


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388