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. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

During the project the Ambitions partnership will support over 3,000 economically inactive and unemployed 15 – 24 year olds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to receive an enhanced level of support thanks to a unique partnership approach.

The Ambitions partnership consists of the following organisations, all of whom share a passion to inspire and support young people to explore their skills and career aspirations through a number of activities enabling them to progress into education, employment or training:

CSW Group (Lead Partner)
Cornwall Council
Truro and Penwith College
Cornwall College

The Learning Partnership – will oversee the following wider partners with delivery on Ambitions:
Access Training
United Response
Young People Cornwall
Live Wire
Reach Out

Ambitions is a huge collaborative effort which will see increased partnership working across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and greater provision of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).  In line with the council’s Cornwall Careers Offer, an aspirational strategy based on local and national research, Ambitions seeks to change the landscape of CEIAG –  ‘Better collaboration for greater collective impact’.

Delivered throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Ambitions will enable eligible young to access a range of support in various venues such as schools, colleges and community settings across the county.

Examples of some of the activity on offer to eligible young people include:

  • Employability activities with local employers including high quality work experience opportunities;
  • Access to qualified and experienced career guidance professionals;
  • Vocational/informal learning experiences;
  • Resilience building;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Summer school for SEND young people to help with transition;
  • Access to a mobile Careers Roadshow and much, much more!

The project will also see the development of new posts within Cornwall Council which seek to raise awareness and improve training and employment outcomes for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

There will also be access to increased CPD opportunities for partners and wider CEIAG professionals.

To find out more about this exciting new project please get in touch with Gemma Pople on CSW Group will be hosting an Ambitions launch event at Heartlands, Camborne Pool Redruth on Tuesday 20th November.  This will be a fantastic way to meet our partners and learn more about what’s on offer.