Cornwall Skills for Young People continues to make positive impacts on young people 15-24 year olds who are not in work, education or training

European Social Funding has invested in a programme of support for young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training.  The investment is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

The project was awarded in September 2016 and has recently been extended until March 2019. CSW Group specialise in helping young people to move on in work, life and education. The project is delivered through a skilled subcontractor network supporting young people from priority groups to move closer to employment or further learning in line with LEP priorities.  Skills for Young People has so far helped 567 learners to achieve 839 new qualifications.

15-24year olds who are NEET or at risk of being NEET can access this service locally and select from a wide range of training to build confidence, resilience and learn how to overcome personal barriers.

Impact quotes from learners:

Pleased to have been on the course, to understand that there is a meaningful job for everyone and that we all need to believe in ourselves and have a more positive mind-set and that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.

“Feeling more confident and feels she has a better understanding of emotions and how to manage these”

“I enjoyed being treated by an adult with respect. Even if we don’t give respect we/I feel respected by the tutors”

“Takes me out of my comfort zone”

 “Nice to relax and not stress out about teachers/schoolwork. Made me feel better about myself”

Paul Hobson (CSW Group CEO): “With individualised learning and development at the core of this project we are delighted that it complements the work we have championed for over twenty years. The Skills for Young People project has allowed CSW Group to continue to develop its support to young people and we are extremely happy to be able to make a positive impact to individual lives within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Cathie Kessell, Employment and Apprenticeship Officer for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP: “Skills for Young People is an example of great partnership working in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.  The project is helping young people at an important stage of their lives, providing them with the confidence, skills and resilience to look forward and plan and shape their future careers.”