First successful projects gain Objective One funding
The names of the first four projects to be approved for European funding through Cornwall & Scilly’s Objective One programme have been announced – with many more applications following in the pipeline.
Three projects from Pentreath Industries and one from Penwith Housing Association have between them been awarded grants of £1,383,714. The money, which comes from the European Social Fund (ESF) will enable projects worth a total of £2,582,618.
The Pentreath projects will provide over 600 training places each year through the charity, which offers work experience, training and employment to Cornish people recovering from mental ill health.
Pentreath’s PIONEERS project is based at in-patient departments in three Cornish hospitals (Truro, Redruth & Bodmin), the other two projects are county-wide and will provide new opportunities for women and help continue Pentreath’s existing work.
Penwith Housing Association’s Hayle & Camborne Build And Train Scheme is a construction training project where trainees spend a year attending Cornwall College gaining NVQ's level 2 minimum in construction-related disciplines and work on site gaining direct experience with a contractor.
The project will involve 22 trainees recruited via open days in Hayle and Camborne who are paid an allowance and provided with tools and safety equipment. The scheme is also funded by the Single Regeneration Budget Round 5 (Engage West Cornwall) supported by South West RDA and by matched funding from a variety of private contractors and consultants.
(Full details of the projects and the benefits they will bring are to be unveiled by the applicants at public launches on Monday – see Editors Notes below for details.)
The delighted applicants explained the significance of the first Objective One projects and the contribution that they would make to the programme’s overall aim of a more prosperous Cornwall & Scilly with an improving quality of life that is accessible to all.
Pentreath chief executive Penny Robertson said: “This is wonderful news for anyone in Cornwall who is recovering from mental ill health and struggling to find employment. These training places will give people skills, qualifications and confidence, and help put them on a level playing field in the employment market.”
Andy Moore, chief executive of Penwith Housing Association, said: “Our aim in promoting Build & Train schemes across Cornwall has been to improve the local construction skills base at the same time as regenerating communities. It is, therefore, very pleasing and quite appropriate that it is one of the first to take advantage of Cornwall’s Objective One funding.”
The first Objective One grants are for projects that were among the first group of applications to be considered for approval by the programme’s Working Group.
News that the first European money had reached projects was also welcomed by Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Regional Policy: “It gave me great pleasure to learn that the first projects have been approved under the new Objective One programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”
M. Barnier added: “It is important that the programme gets off to a good start, and that the benefits are delivered quickly to the citizens on the ground. The enterprise sector, in particular, is a priority for this new round of European funding. I very much look forward to visiting the region as soon as a suitable occasion arises.”
The Local Government Minister, Hilary Armstrong also warmly welcomed the news. She said: “I am delighted that the £300m Cornwall Objective One programme is now fully underway.
“The partnership that drove the programme forward should be congratulated on this important milestone. Cornwall will reap significant benefits from the programme over the coming years: this is a very positive start, and I look forward to future developments.”
Monday 30th October, 10am: Announcement of details of approved projects from Pentreath Industries – at Pentreath Industries Head Office, 20 Higher Bugle, St Austell. Contact Pentreath on 01726 850565.
Monday 30th October 2pm: Announcement of details of approved project from Penwith Housing Association – at Truro Methodist Church, Union Place, Truro. Contact Andy Moore on 01736 334909.
Background to applicants:
For background summaries on Pentreath Industries and Penwith Housing Association please contact the Objective One office at the address below.
Other pending approvals:
At their meeting on 28th September, the Working Group recommended 14 projects – worth approximately £8m in European grants – for approval. Details of the remaining projects from this group, which included both ESF and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) applications, will be announced once the necessary legal and financial conditions have been agreed.
Next Working Group meeting:
The Working Group is also due to meet again on 9th November, when another batch of projects will be considered for approval. These are likely to include further ESF and ERDF applications, as well as the first agricultural projects submitted for funding from the European Agricultural Guidance & Guarantee Fund.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD