Skills Support for the Workforce launched

More than 130 people attended last week’s (October 15th) launch of the £13 million Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) launch.

It is estimated that  SSW, which is supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence and co financed by the Skills Funding Agency, will help more than 4,500 people as well as the many businesses involved. Cornwall College is leading SSW and hosted the launch event at Kingsley Village, Fraddon.

Speakers included Chris Pomfret, Chairman, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); Amarjit Basi, Principal and CEO, Cornwall College Group; Mark Williams, Project Director CCB and Chair of Cornwall Training Partnership Network; William Rich, Managing Director, WISKA UK Ltd; Ashley Shopland, Head of UK Kaolin Platform, Imerys;  Simon Foxhall and Matthew Dennison, Blue Flame and Sarah Fear, Relationship Manager, Skills Funding Agency

SSW aims to support local employees and businesses by providing skills training to low-skilled workers and supporting them into further learning or apprenticeships.

Running until July 2015, SSW will complement the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign which launched in August this year.  Cornwall Apprenticeships aims to provide employers, young people and their parents and carers with information and guidance about Apprenticeships. Campaign activities will include employer road shows, skills fairs and ‘have a go’ events.