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Tap Routes

BTCV, The National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The Silvanus Trust, Mid Cornwall Eco Centre, DMT Business Services and English Nature have once again come together to work as the "Tap Routes partnership". Funded by the Objective One – European Social Fund, the project aims to enhance individual skills through environmental work. The project is also working with Connexions and Helston School helping to encourage young people disengaged from the national curriculum undertake work experience and accredited training. Those that wish to take part can receive funding for training, childcare, and travel as part of a training programme tailored specifically to their needs. There are also people on hand to help and support them through the project.

Similar ESF funded projects have helped many people gain valuable experience and training for employment. For instance, David Binks volunteered with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust from May 2001 until October 2002. During this time he helped carry out practical work on various reserves while learning about management of woodland, wetland, and heathland. He received training in first aid, chainsaw and pesticide use as well as many other ecological and practical skills courses through the Tap Routes Programme He also completed an NVQ LII in Environmental Conservation and is now employed by the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Darren Neville the project manager for Tap Routes said: "This programme provides a valuable opportunity for those people trying to find employment and also helps to benefit the local environment."

Those wishing to take part can contact Darren Neville on 01579 372100 or at


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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

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