Go ahead for phase three of Unlocking Cornish Potential
One of the great successes of the Objective One Programme
is about to receive a third phase of investment.
Since it began in 2004 Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP)
has placed 150 graduates with businesses in the region.
Now a third phase of investment - £323,472 from the
Objective One ESF (European Social Fund) - has been approved.
UCP has already received £1.2 million of ESF for the
first two phases and this third slice of investment brings
the total project value up to more than £4 million.
Unlocking Cornish Potential is a Combined Universities in
Cornwall (CUC) partnership project, managed by Cornwall College.
It places graduates with businesses for up to 12 months offering
business support, including an expert mentor, for that time.
Allyson Glover, UCP spokesperson, said: "This
will mean at least another 30 graduate level placements within
Cornish SME's (small businesses) to undertake key business
development projects. Phase 3 will allow us to create more
quality opportunities, with graduates earning a minimum of
£16,000 per annum as a starting salary. We are looking
for businesses with high growth potential that, with the support
of the UCP programme, can experience the value a graduate
"The extra investment will also help us stage
a major careers fair for Cornwall. The fair, which will take
place in November, will bring national and local employers
together to meet graduates and under graduates. This will
be a CUC initiative with a huge focus on the Cornwall employer
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "Unlocking Cornish Potential is very important
for the future of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project,
which was born out of the Combined Universities in Cornwall,
has been one of its greatest successes. Cornish businesses
are keen to recruit graduates and graduates are keen to bring
new knowledge into Cornish businesses."
One business that has already benefited from the scheme
is Riviera Produce. Based near Hayle, Riviera produces, packs
and markets Cornish cauliflower, spring greens and cabbage
to many of the major supermarkets and to wholesalers, retailers
and processors in the South West.
UCP graduate Emma Stevens has been working at Riviera since
March 2005 developing advanced tracking systems to maintain
a good price for the stock. Since she joined, sales into South
West markets have increased by more than 20% and she has developed
the region's customer base by 50%.
In the Fast Track 100 list, published in The Sunday Times
in December 2005, Riviera Produce Ltd came in at number 75
- the only agriculture-based firm to be featured. Fast Track
ranks Britain's hundred fastest growing unquoted companies
by 2000-2003 sales growth.
Emma said: "Unlocking Cornish Potential provides
the link between ambitious and talented individuals seeking
graduate level employment in the Duchy and the Cornish businesses
that require these skills to drive their businesses forward.
This scheme is an excellent opportunity for Cornish businesses
to benefit from the expertise of graduates that are looking
to live and work in the area and in turn it provides a welcome
boost for the local economy, attracting graduates with great
career prospects and a competitive salary in one of the most
beautiful parts of the country."
For further information please contact Clare Morgan on 01872
223439 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Unlocking Cornish Potential
project through the European Social Fund (ESF).
All members of the media are invited to an event celebrating
this announcement at 10.30am on Thursday, June 8th, at the
Objective One Partnership stand (number 76) at the Royal Cornwall
Show. Available for interview will be Carleen Kelemen, Director
of the Objective One Partnership, representatives of Cornwall
College as well as graduates who are benefiting from the Unlocking
Cornish Potential project.
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