Trailblazing Cornish business project to target new sectors

Let’s Do IT! – an innovative Cornish project to help businesses develop computer and internet skills – has been awarded a further £921,000 in funding to help it expand and target new sectors.

The trailblazing project, which is at the forefront of UK developments in “e-learning” for businesses, was launched in September with the help of a grant from the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA) and has helped over 250 firms in its first six months.

Now, Let’s Do IT! is to get a further £500,000 from the RDA – complemented by another £302,000 in European money through Objective One – to ensure the project can go from strength to strength for the next two years. Other partners in the project are providing additional grants and “in kind” assistance.

During its first phase, Let’s Do IT! targeted businesses in the food & drink and leisure & tourism sectors, both of which are crucial to the local economy. For the second phase, the project plans to expand its scope to include the marine and environmental technology sectors as well as digital businesses.

Let’s Do IT! aims to boost the extent to which businesses can train employees ‘anytime anyplace’ offering access, for example, to training delivered by CD ROM or via the internet – as well as sign-posting the wide range of more conventional training available in the county.

‘e-learning’ – learning via the internet –- is undergoing explosive growth world-wide and is expected to have a huge impact in rural areas such as Cornwall over the next decade. Let’s Do IT! is at the forefront of developments in this field and is one of the largest projects of its kind in the UK.

James Harris, Head of Skills and Learning at the South West Regional Development Agency, said: “Let’s Do IT! addresses a critically important issue in the economy of Cornwall. Now this project is set to continue to break new ground in the way in which individuals develop IT skills.”

Over the coming months, Let’s Do IT! plans to launch a number of new initiatives, including online tutoring, training in the workplace, and telephone assistance from tutors in the evening and at weekends. This will be in addition to the facilities already provided, including free helpdesk support and a pool of computers available free of charge to businesses which would like to take part in training but do not have their own computer.

Malcolm Wright, Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Learning Partnership, said: “Let’s Do IT! has made a big impact in its first few months – and we are looking forward to making an even bigger impact in the months and years to come. The skills of our people in Cornwall are our biggest asset – and Let’s Do IT! is a project which makes it unbelievably simple to sharpen skills in IT and the internet.”

The project is delivered by a partnership which includes Cornwall Enterprise, Cornwall Tourist Board, PROSPER and Cornwall, Penwith, St Austell and Truro Colleges. For further information about the project, call Freephone 0800 072 1755.

For further information contact Lynn File, Let’s Do IT! on 01208 821652 or the Objective One office.


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