Objective One projects target women and young people

Women and young people are to get extra help to develop job skills through two new Objective One projects from Cornwall College.

The projects – which will both last for two years – will together get £1.45 million in grant through Objective One from the European Social Fund.

Carleen Kelemen, Objective One’s deputy programme director, welcomed news of the two projects. She said: “The fundamental aim of Objective One is to increase prosperity in economic terms across Cornwall and Scilly.

“But we have to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to share in the programme’s benefits. Projects like this recognise the barriers that people face in gaining employment opportunities in the real world.”

Action Women

The Action Women project is aimed at women throughout Cornwall. It draws together the work of four existing organisations in a new partnership designed to help over 700 women boost their job prospects through better access to learning and training.

Project manager Cleo Bergin said: “Many beneficiaries of the project will be young women facing a range of difficulties stopping them from getting involved in work and training opportunities.

“The barriers they are facing could include having to look after children, post-natal depression, low basic skill levels, rural isolation, poor access to transport or lack of motivation and self-confidence.”

College principal, Dr Alan Stanhope said: “Action Women recognises the range of needs presented by many women – groups and individuals. It will provide initial grass-root support, as well as training and education, vocational training, voluntary work, qualifications and proactive help with job placements.”

Childcare will also be made available where required and the project aims to provide support that is tailored to the needs of each individual.

Cornwall College will provide educational support, access to specialist IT equipment and access to wage subsidies. The college’s pilot scheme Project Karenza will help young mothers who could otherwise be unable to attend college to get access to education and training.

Other partners in the project are: WILD (Women’s Initiative for Learning and Development), which works with young mothers and women to promote self-development and training; Truro Youth Women’s Centre, which works with disaffected and disadvantaged women to increase social skills and confidence; and Penzance Women’s Aid, which provides childcare, support and volunteer training to women in crisis.

The Action Women project will get nearly £1.25 million from the European Social Fund. For more information on the project, contact Cleo Bergin on 01209 616174.

Youth Trust

The Cornwall Prince’s Youth Trust project has won funding to help young people learn the basic skills they need to enter the job market and to give them an understanding of what employers need.

The project will target unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds, teaching them skills like team working, communication, problem solving, leadership, social awareness and caring for others.

Project director Cas Leo said: “The 144 young people on the project will work towards a range of NVQ and City and Guilds qualifications.

“What we are aiming for is to help these young people raise their self esteem and increase their prospects of getting a job by learning new skills and exposing them to the working environment.”

The Cornwall Prince’s Youth Trust project will get just over £200,000 from the European Social Fund. For more information about the project contact Cas Leo on 01209 710808.


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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