Objective One helps Newquay's businesses train for the future

Up to 180 Newquay businesses are expected to benefit from a half a million pounds Objective One project, which will offer tailor made training courses when and where Newquay employers want it, at a subsidised cost.

Objective One funding of almost a quarter of a million pounds will soon be enabling employers from key industry sectors in Newquay to access a range of new workforce training opportunities to develop their businesses, with the help of the 'Creating Opportunity and Adaptability in Skills Training' project (COAST).

COAST will be working closely with groups of employers from six of the main industry sectors found in Newquay to establish the training needs of local businesses. After establishing the skills sets required by employers within the hospitality, retail, construction, sea fisheries, sport and recreation and also E-Skills sectors, COAST will work with National Training Organisations (NTOs) to deliver appropriate existing training courses and also develop new courses to meet the skills requirements of Newquay's core employment sectors.

Ruth Vincent from Newquay for Excellence who will deliver the COAST project spoke of the importance of the project for the future prosperity of local businesses: "We are excited by the opportunity that this new project will offer the six core business sectors within Newquay. Our Stepping Into Tourism project, which was also enabled by Objective One, has already had a significant impact on the success of local hospitality firms by delivering vital workforce training and helping to prevent seasonal unemployment swings.

The focus of COAST is entirely customer based, it is not about signing up local employers to a list of existing training courses but actively finding out what their businesses need and delivering what they want, when they want it and where they want it, often in the form of one or two day practical training courses in Newquay, relevant to their particular industry."

It is hoped that courses developed by the cluster of NTOs working with COAST can be used to meet the training requirements of similar companies elsewhere in the country.

The COAST project has been developed by Newquay for Excellence Training, following the success of their earlier programme that sought to combat seasonal unemployment in Newquay.

The Stepping into Tourism project, which was launched in June 2001 to support people seeking a career in the tourism sector, offers employers in Newquay a wage subsidy package to keep on staff over quieter periods. Protected from unemployment over the slack season, employees can use the time gaining valuable vocational skills to increase their future job prospects through recognised qualifications. The suitably trained workforce is enabling Newquay's hospitality firms to deliver the higher level of service demanded by modern visitors to the town.

The latest funding package of over half a million pounds for the COAST project has been made up with 250,000 from the European Social Fund (ESF), with 132,000 of match funding coming from Cornwall College and the remaining 180,000 coming from Newquay's business community. The programme is on target for the first batch of training to be delivered in September with the project running until April 2005.

For more information please contact:

Jason Clark
Objective One Communication Manager
01872 276276
07980 834368

Ruth Vincent
Newquay for Excellence Training
01637 871067


Editors notes:

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