£1.5 million available for the development of a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Access Hub

Up to £1.5 million is now available through the European Social Fund (ESF) for applications to develop a ‘Skills Access Hub’.

The Skills Access Hub will work with employers to address their workforce skills needs with the aim of supporting growth. The available funding forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

There is a significant skills gap in the workforce in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and this funding opportunity seeks to address these gaps and to ensure that businesses have the support they need to improve skills levels.

The funding available for the Skills Access Hub requires applications from interested organisations to develop a bespoke local Skills Hub that will provide employers with:

  • Assistance with the identification of skills needs for their business
  • A brokerage service providing information and support for employers on how to access skills and qualification provision
  • Support to access existing business sector groupings and relevant business collaborations or develop new ones where there are identified gaps