Cornwall College expands university training with Objective One money
Cornish students should soon be helping to lead the field in two key growth industries thanks to new Objective One projects approved for Cornwall College.
The College is to get just over £1 million in European funding for two new projects that will boost training in specialist areas – providing new opportunities for young people from Cornwall and Scilly to develop valuable work-related skills.
The projects form part of the developing CUC (Combined Universities in Cornwall) initiative, which is working towards a university for Cornwall.
Dr Alan Stanhope, Principal of Cornwall College said: “The digital broadcasting and marine engineering sectors are two important sectors of the economy here in Cornwall that have enormous potential for growth.
“By increasing training in the skills that these sectors need, we will also be supporting local companies by providing them with the home-grown talent that they need. Supporting these sectors will also encourage talented people to stay in Cornwall and broaden the opportunities available to our young people.”
Cornwall College’s Multimedia project is a two-year scheme to develop training at further and higher education levels in this growth sector – and will include a module on digital broadcasting.
The project will establish links with local firms within the Digital Peninsula Network so over 200 students can get valuable work experience and build on the course’s vocational and practical aspects.
Head of Media, Tim Beattie said: “The emerging multimedia sector in Cornwall has created new employment opportunities requiring technical and specialist skills.
We don’t have enough people at the moment with the right skills and this is a golden opportunity for Cornwall to target training in the field. This will help us to diversify our economy and build up specialist expertise in a high-tech field where Cornwall’s geographical isolation is not an issue.”
The two-year Multimedia project is to get a grant of over £258,000 from the European Social Fund. The College will provide a further £254,000 and nearly £62,000 in funding will be provided by local employers.
The College’s Training for Marine Engineering project will provide opportunities for over 660 students to learn skills in another growth sector where Cornwall’s location is a real advantage.
It will also include a wage subsidy scheme to give some students a chance to get first-hand experience working with local companies – and a route into employment in the long-term.
The project will provide higher and intermediate level, specialist and non-specialist courses. Training will also include short courses on environmental awareness and green technology.
Part of the project will also include setting up a web portal so that students can get an insight into needs of businesses in Cornwall and the opportunities within the industry.
Project manager Mike Lister said: “As well as classroom-based training, the project will give practical hands-on experience in the workplace and stronger links between training and business needs.
“The web portal will provide a closer network in the marine engineering sector for both companies and students, leading to a pooling of expertise. The wage subsidy will help ease students into jobs and there will also be travel subsidies for those who need it.
“The knock-on benefits of all this to the sector will give even more value for money.”
The Training for Marine Engineering project will get a grant of £755,570 from the European Social Fund. Match funding from both the public and private sectors will bring the total value of the project to nearly £1.7 million.
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