Ambitions

What is Ambitions?

Ambitions is an exciting partnership project which seeks to inspire and support unemployed & inactive 15 – 24 year old in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. Truro and Penwith College will focus its activities on 15-18 year old students on Level 2 programmes, with support also available to inactive individuals or NEETs aged 25 and under. Truro and Penwith College will enhance our existing information, advice and guidance services by providing specific careers and employability support for Level Two learners. The College will develop a Job Shop at the Penwith Campus in Penzance, building on the success of the existing Job Shop at the Truro Campus. Truro and Penwith College will offer a rolling programme of support to students over the lifetime of the ESF Ambitions programme. 

The Ambitions project is receiving up to £3.8 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Meet the team

Colin Eddy Project Coordinator - “After spending 20 years as the Head of Careers in a large FE College I decided to retire. It soon became clear that I wasn’t yet ready for that life and returned as soon as I could to find a post which suited my background skills. Working with those who are NEET, or at risk of becoming NEET, has always been a cause close to my heart. These young people are the future and need to be supported on their journey to adulthood and the Ambitions initiative can help with that. There was a time many years ago when I would have been classed as NEET and I still fondly remember those who helped me turn my life around.”

Hayley Wood Careers Officer - “Working in education for fifteen years and advising further education students for thirteen years, I have seen first-hand how the belief in the possible seems out of reach for many young people. Too many of them are consumed by a lack of confidence and moreover face social or financial barriers that prevent them from progressing their futures. This is where this project can make a difference. It seeks to inspire and instil confidence in those that are most at risk of becoming NEET. Not only is this a very worthwhile project it is also incredibly rewarding; it switches mind-sets and enables change.”  

Abi Cowls Job Shop Assistant - “Having recently graduated in Psychology and with experience of working both with young people (on initiatives such as the National Citizen Service), and supporting people in institutions move away from unhealthy lives towards a more positive path, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to support young people to flourish and move forward with their careers and passions.” 

Becky Nursonen Work Placement Officer - “I have always had a passion for working with young people, especially those at risk of becoming NEET. Having taught in a Pupil Referral Unit, and then working as a learning mentor, I found that my strengths lie with helping young people overcome barriers to their own progression and I wanted to continue offering support, guidance and encouragement towards their next steps and the Ambitions Project."

To find out more or get involved please e-mail ambitions@truro-penwith.ac.uk