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Training and Work Placements

The Business Clusters project is a part financed European Union Social Fund project. The projects aim is in engaging companies in developing new ways of training potential new employees to help them gain employment within certain engaged industries. Helping individuals to gain specific identified skills prior to employment.

Business Engagement

Businesses will have opportunities to develop the training presented to candidates to ensure that the curriculum is suitable for local business needs. There is funding available for the companies that assist us in this development and further funds available for those companies providing placements to help towards training reviews and salary costs.

Companies can help Software Cornwall by providing advice and help with:

  • Initial suitability of candidates & interviews.
  • Development of the training program.
  • Providing training (specific funding available).
  • Reviewing dummy job applications
  • Provision of placements (salary costs support & review funding assistance).
  • Networking opportunities and work place visits.

A Change of Course

Changing careers is not an easy task. Not only taking courage but also the drive to gain new knowledge and the will to succeed. The training and learning development plan we will put together will help guide candidates to develop those skills that are really required. We shall also help them to sell themselves. Practice with applying for positions. Produce a bank of experience to demonstrate their new found skills. Also providing opportunities to network with the tech community in Cornwall.

Our aim is to provide work ready candidates with the right skills.

Across Europe and in the UK the ESF is supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and job opportunities for all EU citizens. It is doing this by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people, disadvantaged groups and all those seeking a job.

The European Social Fund in the UK

Opening in 2021 and running until 2023 the Business Clusters European Social Fund project will enhance job opportunities within Cornwall. It will also help the skills shortage within this industry by finding skilled, able individuals and supplying them with new talents and ensuring they enhance and recognise their own.

Candidate Requirements

The candidates may currently be employed or not and resident in Cornwall. Anyone may opt to change their career at any time of their lives for all manner of reasons. This is not an apprenticeship, there are no wages (until on a placement) but nor are there any costs. Except time and effort.

Candidates will need to be able to put aside around 300 hours to study over three or four months. These hours are to their own schedule except for a weekly class. During this time, if they are able, we shall also organise work experiences within companies to really build up the knowledge about the type of work and workplace. 

Access to the internet and a computer will be needed as candidates will be directed to online resources to study from. We are also working on ways to support access to a computer to those who may need it. They shall also need the computer to build up the online portfolio of work to link into their rebooted CV.

The Learning

The learning program will be different for each candidate. All will receive the recommended resources but individuals will be guided to follow the learning most suitable to their experience and preferences. The resources have been chosen to provide as wide an opportunity to learn as possible. Utilising these is as much about how candidates learn as what they learn. Being able to solve problems and communicate with others is as important, if not more.

The learning will include:

  • the most popular programming languages
  • building of web sites
  • working practices
  • presentational and communication skills
  • social media
  • CV writing
  • project development

Along the way there may be opportunities to gain recognised certification or badges of completion to share to your skills bank. There will be paid access to online learning platforms where necessary. Also sessions with professionals from within the industry and access to local networking events.

If you are interested as an individual in taking part in this project please register your interest by completing the form below. If you have any questions then email us at

Applications for the current cohort are now closed but there will be another opening later in 2021.

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European Social Fund

The European Social Fund is partially funding Software Cornwall to run this project to help up skill Cornish people, ready to enter the software industry. This course is only available to those from the UK or EU. To participate in the training certain personal information will be required from attendants as proof of employment and eligibility to attend. This information is for the purposes of ensuring that the training will go to the correct participants. You will also be required to complete an evaluation form after the training as part of the attendance.

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