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£3.2m skills scheme will support 1,600 people

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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Cornwall College Business has begun rolling out a skills training scheme to local firms, in the wake of a multi-million pound funding win.

It aims to improve the skills of 1,600 Westcountry people, after securing a £3.2 million share of a £13 million ESF and Skills Funding Agency Scheme funding pot in October.

The money will be used to offer training and advice for businesses as well as encouraging more people to take up apprenticeships.

One local business to benefit so far is Roscarrack House; a family owned care home for the elderly, near Falmouth. Ten members of its team have completed an infection control award level 2 with Cornwall College Business.

Cormac Solutions has also benefitted, with nine members of its staff undertaking a qualification in civil engineering.

The Cornwall College project is part of a £13 million pound ESF and Skills Funding Agency Scheme led by the Cornwall College Group, to support employed individuals, especially young adults aged 19 and over.

A number of other education and training providers including Focus Training, the Learning Partnership and Truro and Penwith College have also received funding from the £13 million pot to deliver their own skills programmes through the project.

Cornwall College Business project director Mark Williams said: “The aim of this project is to develop people; strengthen local businesses; invest in their future and make connections.”

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