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25.04.03
Objective One project Build and Train Cornwall Holistic celebrates first successes

The first cohort to complete their training under the Objective One project Build and Train Cornwall Holistic celebrated their achievements on April 25th 2003 with an informal celebration at Cornwall College.

The project received investment from Objective One and the SRB 6 fund towards the partnership initiative involving the Young Builders Trust, Penwith Housing Association, Cornwall College and various construction contractors.

The individual members of the group graduating on Friday were all from targeted areas of Penwith, Kerrier and from Penwerris in Carrick. They started on the programme in May of 2002 and have experienced a mix of College-based training and site-based work experience appropriate for National Vocational Qualification Level 2 achievement.

The project has provided the members with training, tools, safety-wear and travel allowances as well as offering additional assistance from Project Support Officers based at Cornwall College who regularly visit the work placements.

Thirteen “graduates” achieved a variety of outcomes. Twelve achieved NVQ Level 1; nine achieved NVQ Level 2 (two have work to do to gain Level 2) and two have achieved units toward NVQ Level 3. Nine have been offered permanent employment by their work experience placement companies and two have to finish Level 2 before they too are offered jobs.

Commenting on the importance of the training for the project's beneficiaries, David Bishop, Operations Director of the Young Builders Trust said: "Without the investment from Objective One and SRB 6 this project would not have happened. The 'graduates' being congratulated here today could possibly still be unemployed and the remaining sixty-six members currently in training would not have the opportunity to become qualified and gain paid employment.”

Objective One Programme Director Carleen Kelemen said: "We are delighted to see that Objective One's investment in providing a way to work is seeing tangible benefits. The beneficiaries of this scheme now have the relevant skills to match the needs of Cornwall's booming construction industry and we wish them every success in their future careers.”

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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