Trailblazing project set to go from
strength to strength
Let's Do IT!, the award-winning, innovative project which
helps businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly develop
computer and internet skills, has secured £208,000 of
investment from Objective One and an additional £272,000
from the South West Regional Development Agency over the next
Combined with an additional £100,000 of support from
participating partners, the funding will ensure that Let's
Do IT! can continue to go from strength to strength.
Let's Do IT! has already helped over 1300 businesses in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly to make the most of the opportunities
presented by the latest technologies. It is now expanding
its scope to include businesses operating in the Creative
Industries, Bio-technology and Aerospace sectors as well as
continuing to help businesses operating in Food and Drink,
Tourism and Leisure, Environmental Technology, ICT and Marine.
Let's Do IT! aims to boost the extent to which businesses
can train employees 'anytime anyplace' offering access, for
example, to training delivered by CD ROM or via the internet,
as well as signposting the wide range of more conventional
training available in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 'eLearning'
learning via the internet is undergoing explosive
growth worldwide and is expected to have a huge impact in
rural areas such as Cornwall over the next decade. Let's Do
IT! is at the forefront of developments in this field and
is one of the largest projects of its kind in the UK.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "Objective
One's commitment to building better businesses in Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly includes helping businesses to access
and make the most of new communications technology. Let's
Do IT! plays an important role in raising skills levels in
IT for businesses and delivers support in an innovative and
business friendly way."
Andrew Gunn, Enterprise Manager for the South West Regional
Development Agency said: "Let's Do IT! has already played
an important role in helping Cornish businesses to utilise
ICT for commercial advantage so we are delighted to be involved
in enabling the project to continue for a further two years.
We anticipate that during the next phase of the project many
more businesses will receive assistance to boost their skills,
improve their performance, productivity and competitiveness."
Nigel Ashcroft, Director of Enterprise at Cornwall Enterprise
adds: "The project is breaking new ground in the way
it delivers training. It is helping businesses to grow and
that means more jobs and prosperity in Cornwall and the Isles
Over the coming months, Let's Do IT! plans to launch a number
of new initiatives, including online tutoring, diagnostic
visits, and a 'Learning Lab' which will pilot innovative kinds
of training. This will be in addition to the facilities which
are already provided, including free helpdesk support, free
or subsidised online training and personal IT trainers who
visit businesses at their workplace. The project also assists
business networks in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to use
ICT, enabling collaboration between businesses and sharing
of expertise and resources.
Malcolm Wright, Project Director and Director of the Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly Learning Partnership, said: "Let's
Do IT! has made a big impact in Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly and we are looking forward to making an even
bigger impact over the next couple of years. The skills of
our people are our biggest asset and Let's Do IT! is
a project which makes it unbelievably easy for businesses
to introduce training into their business operations. Once
they have first hand experience of the results, they are more
likely to make use of mainstream training opportunities in
Let's Do IT! is delivered by a partnership which includes
Cornwall Enterprise, Truro College, Cornwall College, Penwith
College, Cornwall Adult Education Service and The Learning
Partnership for Cornwall and Scilly.
For further information about the project, call Freephone
0800 072 1755.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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