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03.03.06
Jobcentre Plus invests 1.4 million of Objective One European Social Fund to help over 900 local people into work and training

This week saw the launch of five exciting new projects developed through the co-financing arrangements between Jobcentre Plus and Objective One.

The projects, which have a strong focus towards helping people with a health condition return to work, have the capacity to support 920 local people. At least 200 are expected to return to work as a direct result of the unique help these projects will offer, and over 300 more will achieve a qualification. Delivery will be targeted within the priority wards identified through the Objective One Programme and will focus on groups who are disadvantaged in the labour market and who need additional support in order to move towards, or into work.

'Cornwall Health+' will be delivered by WTCS Ltd and is aimed at people receiving health related benefits in Launceston, Bodmin and parts of Newquay, St Austell and the China Clay villages. It has been designed to help people manage their health issues, build confidence and motivation and move into work or training.

'Roads to Health' delivered by Pentreath Ltd covers the same geographical area but will focus on supporting people with a long-term mental health condition. Project staff known as 'Community Bridge Builders' will take a whole-life approach to supporting participants in order enhance their health, well-being and employment prospects.

'CPR Works' will be delivered by Camborne-Pool-Redruth Regeneration Company. It will ensure that people in CPR who are furthest from the labour market can take advantage of the jobs and opportunities created through the regeneration of the area through the creation of tailor made training and recruitment packages to meet business demand.

'People for Regeneration Gannel Ward' will be delivered by Newquay for Excellence Training and will tackle the in-depth the barriers to work faced by local people and will work with local businesses to identify demand led training and employment opportunities. The project will broker the relationship between local residents and business through a series of tailored interventions.

'People for Fifteen Cornwall', delivered through Cornwall College, will provide the interventions that will ensure that disengaged young people from the most deprived parts of Cornwall can access the exceptional opportunity provided by 'Fifteen Cornwall' at Watergate Bay. This includes the provision of a welfare officer, training and development chef and a student support fund.

Carolyn Webster, Jobcentre Plus European Programmes and Funding Manager said: "The launch of this innovative range of projects will build on the outstanding success achieved through our Objective One ESF co-financing programme. This investment has already supported 4600 local people. 1500 have moved into work as a direct result of the help they have received and a further 900 have achieved a qualification. We are looking forward to developing these approaches further through Cornwall's Local Area Agreement and the Convergence Programme."

For further information please contact Sue Kessell of Jobcentre Plus on 01872 355117 or email: SUE.KESSELL@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Pentreath Ltd and Jobcentre Plus through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Camborne Pool Redruth Regeneration Company and Fifeteen Cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions, brings together employment and benefit services for people of working age. It provides a professional and modern service to meet the diverse needs of employers and those seeking work, including:

Personal advisers to provide practical support and advice to help those in need find and keep work, including training provision and benefits guidance
A dedicated service to support employers in filling their vacancies quickly and successfully
Ability to place and search for jobs both online and over the phone (via Job-points and through Jobseeker Direct and Employer Direct)
Swift, secure and professional access to benefits for those entitled to them

Customers can access Jobcentre Plus services through around 1,000 locations across the UK, including around 650 newly refurbished Jobcentre Plus offices. Touch-screen terminals and Customer Access Phones are also available in a further 120 sites such as libraries and local authority premises. Jobcentre Plus works with over 400,000 employers to place 20,000 people into work every week. Over 300,000 vacancies are listed each week on its website and more than 3m job search requests are received, making it the number one UK recruitment website.

For further information on the services that Jobcentre Plus provides employers and people of working age visit www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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