A new project has been launched to help companies acquire the skills they need, boost productivity and carry on growing.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub was set up with the aim to help businesses upskill and overcome barriers to growth by giving their staff the training they need.
Bosses at the new EU-funded and free to access Skills Hub said the idea was to ’embed a culture of skills and staff development’ among Cornwall’s businesses.
Stu Anderson, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub operations director, said: “A huge 77% of businesses in Cornwall have difficulty filling vacancies.
The Skills Hub team at Fifteen Cornwall for the launch of the new project (Image: Skills Hub)
“They need skills that our workforce just doesn’t currently have – but that’s not to say that we lack the potential to develop them. Our role is to help businesses identify what skills they need and support them to address any gaps, whether that’s by upskilling a current member of staff or by expanding the team.”
EDGE Awards 2017
Businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors are eligible to access the Skills Hub services so long as they are based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
Already more than 50 have benefited from a skills review.
Perranporth-based Equipment for the Physically Challenged (EPC) is one of them. Managing Partner, Linda Norfolk, said: “As well as providing an in-depth scrutiny of our situation, the Skills Hub really explored opportunities that might be helpful for us.
“I didn’t feel pigeon-holed, and am very hopeful and excited that we can engage in meaningful training for our team soon as a result.”
Josh Hoole officially launches the new Skills Hub at a special event at Fifteen Cornwall (Image: Skills Hub)
Josh Hoole, the project manager at Skills Hub, added: ” In Cornwall there’s a vast choice of training options. When they are busy running their own operations, businesses are unlikely to be totally up to date with what’s available to them.
“We can take away the headache of researching what provision may be available, and whether it’s funded, and having got to know their company from an unbiased, independent perspective we will connect them with options that are right for them.”
To find out more and to book a free and impartial skills review, visit www.ciosskillshub.com or call 01209 708660.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub is the main partner in the first ever Cornwall Live EDGE Awards.
Cornwall EDGE Awards 2017 sponsors
The EDGE Awards, launched in association with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub and Skills Hub and with the support of some major organisations, like Headforwards , Engineered Arts, Truro and Penwith College and The Smart Home Co, have been designed to celebrate Cornwall’s tech sector and its unsung heroes.
Whether you are an app or web designer, write Internet of Things software for global clients, create amazing virtual reality experiences or film Cornwall from the sky with your drone, the EDGE Awards are for you.
To take part in the EDGE Awards you can nominate yourself, your business, or someone else whom you think deserves recognition.
Either nominate through our website www.cornwalllive.com/EDGEawards or email [email protected]
To do so, submit a short one-minute video where possible along with your entry – which can either be a corporate or a simple straight-to-smartphone talking camera piece.
The EDGE Awards will take place at Newquay Lighthouse Cinema on November 30, 2017.
Deadline for entries is October 15.
Source: Cornwall Live