The European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programme is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England in 2014-2020. It will deliver the Programme's priorities to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce. It will incorporate Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) money for areas with very high rates of youth unemployment. For more information, click here.
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Current ESF Projects
ESF Projects Match Funded by Truro and Penwith College
ESF Cornwall Hospitality Forum (Hospitality Table Cornwall)
The Hospitality Table Cornwall project is led solely by like-minded employers from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Hospitality sector. The aim is to create initiatives that increase recruitment, raise aspirations for quality careers and to develop industry-relevant learning pathways to improve skills, productivity and quality.
The project works with local employers to develop and refine our provision for the secotr and can offer fully funded training programme pilots, whilst also engaging with young people to inspire and inform the next generation about the different opportunities within the industry.
ESF Developing Leaders
Developing Leaders will deliver a strategic approach to developing leadership capabilities and upskilling the workforce in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 1163 individuals from businesses in both the private and public sectors will be supported, receiving leadership training, skills and qualifications, enabling them to progress in their careers, thereby supporting businesses through increased productivity and economic growth.
Truro and Penwith College is a Developing Leaders delivery partner and will support 345 SME and Public Sector employees to access part-funded leadership training packages and qualifications from Level 2 to Level 7.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/working-with-business/how-we-support-you/edf-developing-leaders-project
ESF Excellence in Health and Care Skills Group (REACH Cornwall)
REACH Cornwall is an employer-led initiative for the ever-growing Health and Social Care sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which aims to utilise the knowledge and experience of business to identify training needs, shortages and to co-design high-quality skills solutions. The REACH Cornwall forums also enable employers to network and collaborate on wider issues facing the sector, including challenges with recruitment and retention, to ultimately Raise Excellent and Aspirations in Care and Health (REACH).
The project works with local employers to develop and refine our provision for the sector and can offer fully funded training programme pilots, whilst also engaging with young people to inspire and inform the next generation about the different opportunities within the industry.
ESF Grow Digital
The Grow Digital project aims to work with small and medium-sized businesses to understand how to improve the relevance and availability of digital training and apprenticeships to suit their needs.
The project team can offer Training Needs Analysis to help businesses to identify digital skills gaps and to connect them to pilot training to address these needs and support them to survive and thrive in the increasingly digital marketplace.
The project is led by Digital Peninsula Network, with delivery partners Truro and Penwith College, Maybe*, Penzance Business Improvement District and Council of the Isles of Scilly.
For more information, email email@example.com or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/working-with-business/how-we-support-you/grow-digital-cornwall
ESF Innovation in Higher Level Skills
The project aims to support SME and micro-businesses in the Local Enterprise Partnership's priority to identify and address current and emergent skills needs and to enhance the labour-market relevance of the local higher-level curriculum offer.
The project is led by Truro and Penwith College in partnership with the Cornwall College Group, University of Exeter, Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth and has secured £1.97 million from the European Social Fund.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/working-with-business/how-we-support-you/innovation-in-higher-level-skills
ESF Living Well
The Living Well project aims to support individuals whose health issues present a barrier to them engaging in the workforce by delivering a range of pilot projects to priority groups, which are then evaluated by the University of Exeter to inform best practice for future support programmes.
Truro and Penwith College is supporting two groups through the Living Well project; young people who are at risk of exclusion or NEET and unemployed people aged over 51 facing barriers including physical and mental health issues, low self-esteem and digital skills challenges.
For more information, email email@example.com or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/working-with-business/how-we-support-you/esf-living-well-project
ESF Widening Participation through Skills (Higher Level Skills)
Higher Level Skills is a project that supports individuals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills, progress in their career or re-train in a new direction.
The project offers a range of pre-course activities to help inform choices about an individual's next steps, including fully-funded taster sessions and Higher Level Skills Days to assist with study skills. Financial support towards the cost of a range of short courses at Level 3 and above is also available for Taster or Higher Level Skills Day attendees.
This is a collaborative project led by Plymouth University and delivered in partnership with the Cornwall Adult Education Service, Cornwall Film Festival, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, The Cornwall College Group and the University of Exeter.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/what-to-study/adult-parttime-courses/funded-courses/higher-level-skills
ESF Projects Match Funded by Cornwall Council and the CSW Group
Ambitions is an exciting partnership project, led by the CSW Group, which seeks to inspire and support unemployed and inactive 15 - 24 year olds in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.
Truro and Penwith College is focusing on its 15 - 18 year old students on Level 2 programmes to enhance our existing information, advice and guidance services by offering specific careers and employability support. The project's service is also available to inactive individuals or NEETs aged 25 and under and is offered across the Truro, Callywith and Penwith campuses, with a newly-launched Job Shop facility developed through the Project available in Penzance.
For more information email email@example.com or go to https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/working-with-business/how-we-support-you/ambitions