ESF Programme

Truro and Penwith College has received a number of grants from the European Social Fund.

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 inclusions 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.

For additional information about any of these projects please call 01872 308241 / 267154.

Current ESF Projects

ESF Projects Match Funded by Truro and Penwith College
ESF Cornwall Hospitality Forum (Hospitality Table Cornwall)

This programme will deliver a strategic approach to developing employer-led skills with businesses across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. The project will increase the capacity and capability of established sector/employer organisations and providers in all LEP priority sectors to engage with the SME businesses they represent. SMEs will be supported to identify current and emerging skills needs and ultimately the development of solutions to improve labour market relevance of provision for local businesses. Crucially, the project will promote the benefits to SMEs of investing in apprentices to create 325 new apprenticeships.

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. The Cornwall College Group is the lead applicant and will deliver on the project. Truro and Penwith College will act as a delivery partner.

ESF Excellence in Health and Care Skills Group (REACH Cornwall)

This programme will deliver a strategic approach to developing employer-led skills with businesses across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. The project will increase the capacity and capability of established sector/employer organisations and providers in all LEP priority sectors to engage with the SME businesses they represent. SMEs will be supported to identify current and emerging skills needs and ultimately the development of solutions to improve labour market relevance or provision for local businesses. Crucially, the project will promote the benefits to SMEs of investing in apprentices to create 325 new apprenticeships.

REACH Cornwall

ESF Innovation in Higher Level Skills

This collaborative project will deliver a co-ordinated employer-led approach to facilitate and expedite greater engagement in higher level skills through the co-development and trialling of innovative new provision, alternative delivery models and high-quality work placements. The project aims to support SME and micro-businesses in the Local Enterprise Partnership's priority sectors to identify and address current and emergent higher level skills needs and enhance the labour-market relevance of the local curriculum offer. 

This 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 charlis@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

ESF Widening Participation through Skills

This is a collaborative project led by Plymouth University in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, Truro and Penwith College and University of Exeter.

The Cornwall College Group aims to widen participation in higher level skills training within Cornwall. Through a variety of engagement, training and support activities the College will increase the numbers of people moving into further/higher education, employment, or taking their next step on their career ladder. 

For more information email success@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Higher Level Skills

Co-financed ESF Projects
ESF Skills Support for the Workforce

Working in partnership with Serco, CCB (Cornwall College Business) has £1.2 million in European Social Funding (ESF), co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) from the Skills Support for the Workforce project available to provide training solutions for businesses and individuals from all sectors. 

Part of the Skills Support for the Workforce programme in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the funding is supporting individuals aged 16 and over who are employed (including part-time), or unemployed (through recent redundancy or requiring higher level skills).