Thousands of low-skilled workers could have their prospects boosted thanks to a £7.8 million scheme to make Cornwall's workforce one of the best in Britain.
The Work Place Learning Project, which is being driven by European Union money, is aimed at 6,000 people who have left school with few qualifications.
The scheme will focus on those with jobs and is being led by Cornwall College with the help of partners including the Eden Project and Truro and Penwith College.
Mark Yeoman, head of communication at European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence, said the investment would make a real difference.
"People are at the core of our future economic competitiveness, they inspire and drive business success.
"ESF Convergence is playing an important role in boosting the skills of our workforce, creating new opportunities in the labour markets for the individuals involved and helping shape the value of our economic future.
"The breadth of the partnership brought together by Cornwall College in this project reflects the growing diversity of our economy."