New skills funding for young people

Additional skills funding for young people living or working in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been secured from the European Social Fund via the Skills Funding Agency. The Skills Support for Young People (SSYP) project will run until July 2015 with the majority of support directed towards those undertaking, or working towards, an Apprenticeship.

The purpose of the project is to encourage workplace progression and raise the aspirations of young people by enriching their learning experience. An Individualised Learner Programme (ILP) will be developed with eligible learners. Lasting a minimum of 20 hours, a typical ILP might include:
• Training Needs Analysis
• A package of vocational/occupational skills (including additional units on an Apprenticeship)
• Additional wrap-around support with monthly reviews. Wrap-arounds might include travel assistance, childcare, equipment, specialised Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and mentoring and will be tailored to meet each learner’s needs
• Regular progress reviews

To be eligible for the funding the learner must be aged 16-18 and either the learner or the employer must be located in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign represents ten training providers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, all of which are partners in the SSYP project. Jason Sugden, Coordinator for the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign said: ‘SSYP is a great opportunity for young people and their employers to get the most out of their Apprenticeship experience. I’m particularly pleased that in addition to extra units for their Apprenticeship, young people will be able to access travel assistance as this can sometimes be a barrier to learning and workplace progression for apprentices in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.’

Who should you contact to access SSYP funding?

If you are:
• A business who currently employs an apprentice aged 16-18
• An apprentice aged 16-18
Your first point of contact should be your existing training provider who will be able to work with you together to access the SSYP project.

If you are:
• A business thinking of taking on an apprentice aged 16-18
• A young person aged 16-18 who is looking for an Apprenticeship job
Please email cornwallapprenticeships@cornwall.gov.uk