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23.06.03
Jobcentre Plus and Objective One a perfect match

Jobcentre Plus has secured £3.4 million pounds of investment from the Objective One European Social Fund, to support a wide range of projects across Cornwall, helping jobless people move closer to employment.

The first projects to receive investment will be delivering a range of activities and support in the community.

The projects will be delivered by a variety of organisations and groups from the Community and Voluntary sectors, statutory bodies, training providers and Local Operational Partnerships.

Each project will identify the specific problems people face which prevent them from starting work and helping them to overcome these barriers.

Jobcentre Plus ESF Manager Jacki Williams is delighted by the diverse nature of the projects. "There are a variety of different initiatives which go some way to addressing the individual needs of jobseekers and developing new partnerships within Cornwall."

Jacki continued, "As a direct result of these projects an additional 1900 jobless people can now look forward to receiving more help. It is anticipated that 1400 people will be in work or involved in employment related training after accessing this support.

"Having launched a successful first round of tendering in November 2002 we are now seeking further proposals from organisations to deliver projects that:

Enhance the employability of people,
Promote social inclusion and target support for deprived and rural communities
Provide tailored recruitment and retention support to SME's."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "The Objective One Programme is investing millions of pounds across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to help people access new opportunities for training and employment. Our investment in a range of schemes through Jobcentre Plus means the money will be targeted where it is needed most."

For further information contact Jacki Williams on 01726 294031.

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Editor's notes:

Jobcentre Plus has been approved as an ESF Co – Financing Organisation for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Objective One Programme

Co-financing means channeling both Objective One investment and the necessary match funding to organisations in a single stream. This will bring greater co-ordination and targeting of provision, and ensure investment adds more value to the delivery of government programmes.

Organisations have been chosen as a result of extensive consultation with a wide range of key partners, voluntary and community organisations to deliver projects that:

Enhance the employability of people and groups who are disadvantaged in the labour market
Promote social inclusion and target support for deprived and rural communities
Provide tailored recruitment and retention support to SME's

Successful projects to date:

Truronian - Lis Cox 01872 273453
Real Base Training - Rick Watts 01209 611911
Enable - Sally Turner 01208 77711
NEETS - Tracey Burley 01872 277677
Woodwork Plus - Charlotte Dawson 01392 882325
Local Operational Partnership - Alex Lochhead 01579 340718
Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment - Tarn Lamb 01209 219246
Lizard Pathways Plus - Sally Newby 01209 611100

For more information please contact:
Jacki Williams on 01726 294031
Press office: 0117 971 3649
Out of hours: 07659 108883
Public enquiries: 020 7712 2171
Website: www.dwp.gov.uk

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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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