Investment helps Chris get a great new job
teenager from Callington now has a great new job at Crocadon
Sawmill, St Mellion, thanks to a scheme which gives grants
to help jobless newcomers into the wood industry in Cornwall.
Former Duchy College countryside and environment student Chris
Leach, 17, prefers the practical work in the Crocadon Sawmill
yard to college.
The Woodworks funding through the Silvanus Trust has paid
for Chris to get training in using saws to cuts planks, driving
a forklift and using a chainsaw to prepare timber for planking.
Chris who was unemployed before starting his new full-time
post, said: "The training has given me more opportunities
and enabled me to get an interesting job locally."
Mike Mann of Crocadon Sawmill has used Woodworks funding
for the past three years to help him take on local staff.
The grants allow him to have unemployed, inexperienced staff
and train them up to become valuable members of his small
Crocadon saws local hardwoods for building restoration,
hardwood flooring, joiners and local furniture makers. Mike
is now in the process of installing three kilns to dry the
wood to supply his expanding market. He said: "It's
very difficult to find local staff who are skilled in wood
processing and saw milling. The Woodworks project enables
us to use young local guys, training them up for the sort
of business I have. It's had a high success rate, so
I'm really happy with it."
The Silvanus Trust is proud to be helping this small rural
business grow, with investment from Jobcentre Plus and Objective
One European Social Fund.
The Woodworks grant is specifically for unemployed people
starting work in the wood sector in Cornwall.
For further information please contact Will Frost on 01579
372100 or visit www.silvanus.org.uk/woodworks.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Woodworks Two project
through the European Social Fund (ESF).
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