COMPASS is here: ESF Project

COMPASS is a wide-reaching partnership project, led by Cornwall Council, with the aim of supporting 1,800 young people aged 15-24 to find their direction into education, employment and training throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project was successful in accessing the last tranche of ESF funding under Investment Priority 1.2: Sustainable Integration of Young People into the Labour Market. The partnership covers the whole of the region, with face-to-face and digital accessibility, and will be based in the community and in fixed centres.

Cornwall Council said, “the aim of COMPASS is to offer young people in the Duchy opportunities to progress, especially those with special educational needs and disabilities and those in need of social, emotional and mental health support. Many young people have found themselves in challenging situations following the impact of Covid-19. Our partnership has been developed to offer a broad range of activities for young people, maximising the available opportunities.”

All partners will work in a person-centric way, with the young person at the heart of what they do. There will be many activities and courses on offer and these will evolve over the life of the contract reflecting the wants and needs of young people.

Through COMPASS, young people will be able to access work taster sessions, employability skills, money matters and debt management, basic skills (English, maths and English as a second language) and City & Guilds qualifications. Young people will also get to meet employers and find out about the labour market and growing job sectors in Cornwall.

It is not just employability skills on offer, but entrepreneurship too. Those accessing the course and interested in their own business can get specific support & signposting to take the first steps towards their own business.

COMPASS does not only offer workplace related skills, there is an element of fun in many of the partners offers including team building and outward-bound activities, social action, peer networking and creative sessions.

CSW Group, will be managing the project on behalf of Cornwall Council, said “COMPASS is a great opportunity to build a partnership of professionals that know the young people of Cornwall and can work with them to find opportunities. We are delighted to be part of this project working with partners to improve chances for young people in the region.”

Whether you like to be in the classroom or out in the countryside, COMPASS has an activity for you!

COMPASS will launch on 1st July 2021 and run through until the end of 2023.

For all enquiries about the project either visit COMPASS – CSW Group Ltd. where you can find details of the partners or contact CSW Group directly on or freephone 0800 975 5111.

If you are an employer and would like to support this project please contact Kylie Cooper Jones:

Notes to Editors:

The project is receiving up to £1,998,524.90 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 (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) 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

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