GROW project is just the job for the unemployed

A scheme to help disadvantaged people retrain and update their skills and qualifications has been awarded Objective One funding totalling £501,580.

The award from the European Social Fund will be made over the next two years to the GROW project at Truro College. Under the scheme, advice and support will be available to around 1200 disadvantaged people annually who are having difficulty securing employment.

Many beneficiaries lack self confidence and some don’t know where to begin in their quest to find work.

The GROW Project - which will cost a total of £1,114,625 - has been put together by Truro College and also involves other Cornish Colleges of Further Education (Cornwall College and St Austell College).

Over the next three years GROW will offer unemployed people access to unlimited support, free tuition, payment of accreditation fees and contributions towards travel, childcare and dependant care. Students will also be offered help finding work placements.

Project organiser Cherry Wyndham-Smith from Truro College said the project team will work together with other Cornish colleges enabling beneficiaries to make choices, which will lead them into employment.

“Many people are unaware of these opportunities and the emphasis of the GROW Project is to give the beneficiaries one to one guidance and support to help them succeed,” said Cherry.

“Many of the beneficiaries feel they are stuck in a trap of benefits with no future ahead of them.”

Of the 1200 beneficiaries on the project, all of whom are over 16 years of age with no upper age limit, 200 are over 50 years old and a further 200 are long-term unemployed, those who have been out of work for more than two years.

Whether they are seeking, full, part time or seasonal work, staff with the project ensure they are properly equipped with the necessary skills to meet the changing nature of the workplace. The one to one contact will be maintained throughout the time beneficiaries are training.

Objective One programme director Bill Bawden said: "It is vital that we fully capitalise on employment opportunities, particularly for the kind of disadvantaged people this project seeks to help. The Objective One funding will clearly assist GROW in the very valuable service it delivers and I am delighted this application has been successful."

To find out more about the GROW Project and the courses offered visit the Truro College Open Learning Centre at Haven House, Quay Street, Truro or telephone 01872 261151 and ask for Cherry Wyndham-Smith.


Editors notes:

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