CAB project gets Objective One funds for East Cornwall

Five Citizens Advice Bureaux from East Cornwall are to get Objective One funding for a £543,000 project to pass their skills on to local people.

The EPIC ONE project aims to give people across East Cornwall a chance to learn new work skills, including IT training, that could help their job and career prospects. It has also supported the training for a credit union, which is just starting up in Caradon.

The two-year project will train 250 people in the range of skills – such as interviewing, negotiation and areas of the law – in which the Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) specialise.

Thelma Sorensen from the Objective One programme’s Business Task Force welcomed the project. She said: “This kind of initiative is very important and reinforces the benefits of working in partnership. Successful businesses need skilled employees. I am delighted to see the CAB are helping to raise the abilities and aspirations of people in East Cornwall.”

Project manager John Ede from Liskeard CAB explained that beneficiaries of the project would spend six months training followed by a period of work experience advising the public.

He said: “We will be targeting people who are unemployed or facing redundancy, women wanting to return to work, lone parents and people with disabilities, as well as those living in rural areas and the over 50s.”

EPIC ONE will also work in communities across East Cornwall, using Open University courses known as Build On Your Skills on confidence building and planning careers.

Mr Ede said: “Many people do not realise just how many skills they use in their everyday lives and underestimate themselves. People who have gone on these courses before have gained an enormous amount.

“Many have gone on to new jobs, become self-employed, got involved in community enterprises or gone into further education.”

The EPIC ONE project will include IT training – ranging from courses to complete beginners to recognised qualifications, such as Clait. Training takes place either in the bureau or at other convenient sites and is fully supported with travel and childcare costs paid.

Mr Ede said: “The benefits to the communities of East Cornwall are far reaching, providing valuable services which make such a difference to the lives of so many – training opportunities, support to get back into employment, invaluable advice and the economic benefits of a credit union.”

EPIC ONE is to get a grant through Objective One of nearly £256,000 from the European Social Fund. Match funding from the Employment Service’s Cornwall Action Team for Jobs, the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, the Open University and Single Regeneration Budget will bring the total value of the two-year project to £543,000.

The project involves the CAB at Bodmin, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell and Saltash. For more information about the training, contact John Ede or Hilary Warren at Liskeard CAB on 01579 344444.


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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