Cornwall Works launch
A new initiative to be launched at the Falmouth Maritime
Museum on Thursday 19th October aims to make a significant
contribution to reducing worklessness in Cornwall. 'Cornwall
Works' has been set up as part of the Local Area Agreement
and will be run by the Inclusion Cornwall Partnership, which
includes the public, private and voluntary sector.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Tony Elvin, Training
and Development Manager for Fifteen London. He will speak
about the huge difference that innovative projects can make
in terms of changing people's lives. Fifteen Cornwall,
launched in May this year, has been a source of inspiration
to everyone who has been involved, whether as a trainee chef
or a partner in the team that brought Fifteen to Cornwall.
With the second recruitment exercise for Fifteen Cornwall
now underway, it is timely that Tony should visit Cornwall
to speak at this event.
Delegates at the event will range from local authority representatives,
healthcare professionals, employers, volunteer coordinators
and training providers – in fact all the people who
will be key to the success of the initiative.
Carolyn Webster, who is leading the Cornwall Works initiative
said: "There are many misunderstandings about the
reasons for inactivity. Most people assume that people on
health related benefits cannot or do not want to work. This
is not the case but, once distanced from the labour market,
it is harder for people on health related benefits to re-enter
the world of work.
Cornwall Works will focus on people's abilities
rather than inability and will significantly enhance the employment
prospects of people who are, for a variety of reasons, disadvantaged
in the labour market."
For further information please contact Sue Kessell on 01872
355117 or email: SUE.KESSELL@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly has invested £27,187,136 in projects that help
people into work and training. These projects all help economically
inactive people of working age without job opportunities into
work and/or training, and target people who traditionally
find it more difficult to access work opportunities and who
need very specific support.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Fifteen Cornwall through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and through the
Jobcentre Plus co-financing programme with the European Social
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly there are 39,500 people
claiming working age benefits. Less than 6000 are unemployed
and claiming Jobseekers Allowance. By far the biggest group,
27,100 are sick or disabled.
Cornwall Works aims to reduce worklessness and unemployment
in Cornwall, addressing spatial and thematic inequalities
in employment rates and employment prospects, and increasing
the number of people moving from incapacity related benefits
The whole ethos is about partnership work and linkages across
organisations to ensure better outcomes for mutual customers.
By December 2006, develop and launch a welfare to workforce
people strategy for Cornwall that sets out the key interventions
required to reduce worklessness and specifies the commitment
from key stakeholders to delivering those interventions
||In the period from March 2006 – March
2009, support 3,350 people claiming health related benefits
||In the period from March 2006 – March 2009, support
250 people who have been on incapacity benefit for 2 years
or more into work.
||In the period from March 2006 – March 2009 increase
the numbers of young people leaving local authority care
who enter work by 25%.
||In the period from March 2006 – March 2009 reduce
District variations in levels of worklessness and unemployment,
bringing those with highest levels in line with the Cornwall
|| By March 2009, taking into account the economic cycle,
increase the employment rates of people with disabilities
and people aged 50 plus.
||By March 2009, engage a minimum of 200 businesses in
actively supporting the welfare to workforce people strategy.
For more information please contact Sue Kessell on 01872
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439