Employment & Skills

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Building Cornwall

Building Cornwall is the ‘shop window’ for the construction industry in Cornwall. Its two main purposes are to show young people and new entrants to the sector what a rewarding career construction can offer, the routes of entry and variety of careers. And secondly to provide a focal point for Cornwall’s construction industry, encourage collaboration and sharing and building on the great things groups are already doing.

Building Cornwall also aims to help grow the skills, knowledge and capacity the industry needs to meet to challenges of the ever-increasing demand for a sustainable built environment in Cornwall.

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Digital Skills Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) was launched in May 2019. Our DSP works alongside the National Digital Skills Partnership Board to ensure that the Government’s UK Digital Strategy is responsive to local needs. In return the local area can make the most of national opportunities, sector analysis to inform delivery, cross-government department collaboration and funding opportunities to overcome digital challenges.

The role of the DSP is to work with what already exists, provide a strategic framework to maximise impact and to be “a LOUD voice” for digital skills locally and beyond.

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Careers Hub

The Careers Hub joins the dots between education and business in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. It aims to improve careers provision across the region, by integrating careers into to the curriculum, helping to ensure students are work-ready, and with a good awareness of the careers and skills set needed to have a rewarding career

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Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project

The Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to work with businesses to co-create solutions that will support them to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

This project will help the Work and Health Unit understand how to work most effectively with local areas and the SME business community, building their knowledge and evidence allowing them to scale up the good practice and replicate it to other areas of the UK.

The aim is to ensure that businesses get the right support and information at a national and local level to build business confidence and make it easier to recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions.

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The Inclusivity Project

The Inclusivity Project is a research project aiming to increase diversity, wellbeing and prosperity within small, Cornish businesses. A team led by the University of Exeter are looking into new ways that small businesses can adapt to make the most of all the untapped local talent pools, by employing more people who are ageing, who have a long-term health condition, and/or a disability.

The Inclusivity Project works alongside the Cornwall Work and Health Beacon project, extending the evidence base for inclusivity and promoting business innovation for workplace wellbeing.

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SW Institute of Technology

Created in September 2019 the South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) is a unique collaboration between a number of partner organisations, each investing in the development of state-of-the-art facilities for training in technical subjects to create Britain’s next generation of highly skilled technicians and engineers.

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Employment and skills resources

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Digital Skills Partnership is working with other Digital Skills Partnership areas to support communities during the pandemic by drawing together information on digital tools that are freely available to support remote working, together with digital training to support the use of those tools.