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					                     Task Force Strategy

                     Learning and Skills

                     Early Strategy and Actions.

                     This paper is intended to guide
                     project proposers to ensure the
                     coherent development of learning
                     and skills activity within the Objective
                     One programme. It also explores the
                     developing match funding situation.

                     Second Position Paper
                     December 2000

Objective One is
part-funded by the
European Union

        This paper expands on our First Position Paper which is published on the
        Objective 1 website It highlights the current and
        predicted future skills needs of Cornwall and matches them against the roles and
        responsibilities of funders, providers and businesses. This paper sets out early
        priorities within the Objective 1 ESF programme, interprets the latest match
        funding situation and thereby provides a guide to prospective project developers.
        Points of particular importance are highlighted throughout.

        The vision of the Learning and Skills Task Force is:

        “providing all individuals in Cornwall and Scilly with quality opportunities
        for personal development and skills acquisition that enables them to
        participate fully within the social and economic activities of Cornwall and
        the Isles of Scilly.”

        The paper includes:

        Chapter 2                             Learning and Skills in Cornwall and Scilly –
                                              provides the backdrop to the present supply and
                                              demand for skills in Cornwall and links the twin
                                              needs of individuals wishing to enter the labour
                                              market and those of businesses with more
                                              specific, often high level skills shortages.

        Chapter 3                             Funding Learning and Skills Projects - reiterates
                                              and updates the part which is played by the other
                                              funders of learning and skills provision. In
                                              particular the operation of co-financing is
                                              described in the light of the government paper
                                              just published. This emphasises the future key
                                              role of the Learning and Skills Task Force on
                                              behalf of the Objective 1 Partnership.

        Chapter 4                             Cornwall – a Learning County – builds upon the
                                              work in the First Position Paper and provides a
                                              basis on which to allocate early spending within
                                              Objective 1 ESF.

        Chapter 5                             Work Plan for the Task Force – building the
                                              Cornwall Learning Network – sets out the
                                              approach to ESF projects over the next two

        Chapter 6                             Processes – a précis of how partners can link into
                                              the system and prospective partners gain advice.



        When considering the supply and demand for skills in the labour market it is
        important to remember that Cornwall has not simply one labour market but is
        multi-faceted, and that development of a single solution does not necessarily fit
        every circumstance. This chapter analyses briefly the major themes currently
        affecting the Cornish labour market and which will need to be addressed.

        Supply Side Issues

        2.1 Population
            Cornwall has experienced the 2nd fastest growth in population of any English
            or Welsh county in the past decade, and is continuing to grow. This growth
            has been greatest in the North and East of the county and in the age groups
            25 to 40 and 60 plus. The skills of economically active in-migrants are not
            always known and will therefore have an unknown effect on the supply of
            skills available to local businesses.

              Implication for skills training
              • Delivery mechanisms of training must be flexible and adaptable to
                 suit the needs of individuals

        2.2   Geography and delivery of skills training
              Cornwall is a county almost 100 miles long with 15 or so towns the largest
              being 21,000 persons. Each town has its own labour market profile and
              challenges often within a short distance. For instance, Bodmin is well below
              national unemployment statistics yet 20 miles away Newquay has the worst
              characteristics of unemployment and seasonality. The provision of a course
              of training to meet an identified skills need at point A, can be virtually
              inaccessible to potential applicants living at point B, and therefore fail to
              meet the needs of those wanting to enter the labour market.

              Implications for skills training
              • Although not meeting every eventuality the development of ICT based
                 learning will be critical in overcoming the problems of geography.
              • Projects must demonstrate appropriate geographical locations with
                 linkages to major centres of learning (see 4.1).

        2.3 Mobility of Labour
            Cornwall has about 5,500 16 year-old school leavers each year, for each of
            the next 10 years. Of these 75% will stay-on for further full-time education
            and of these 30% will progress onto Higher Education. Many of those
            entering HE will not return to the county and an unknown number of those
            entering FE, such as Hotel/Catering students, will look beyond Cornwall to
            broaden their experience on completion of their course. To identify a labour
            market need and compile a strategy is no guarantee against mobility of
            labour. All that one can hope for is that the swings and roundabouts of a
            growing population and mobility of labour will balance themselves out.


Implications for skills training
      • Slight over-provision in identified training needs would appear prudent to
         allow for a net outward flow of trained and qualified workers.

2.4 Quality and Quantity
    The Objective 1 SPD highlights the need to provide more better jobs.
    Raising individual skill levels provides the best way of accessing a more
    responsible, higher paid job. The Task Force is particularly keen to see
    projects which provide for those already in employment to raise their
    levels of skill and knowledge. This is likely to mean quality training at
    level 3 or above and all IT training is prioritised. The supply of labour
    consists of the total in work or seeking employment together with the quality
    of that workforce. Therefore an improvement in the general skill level of the
    Cornish workforce will form an essential part of increasing the supply of

2.5 Increasing female activity rates
    Changes in the Cornish labour market in the period 1981 to 1996.
                                                            Female           Male
    • Full time participation in employment                 +29.5%           -7.7%
    • Part time participation in employment                 +87.1%
    • Total in employment                                   +85/5%           +3.9%
                                                            (to 54,900)      (to 93,700)

     There are many reasons for these changes, not least the “opportunity
     structure” whereby the decline in traditional male jobs such as mining,
     fishing, engineering etc have been replaced by a growth in Service sector
     jobs such as retailing, health and hospitality which have proved more
     attractive to female applicants. The provision of childcare to overcome a
     recognised barrier to increasing female employment must be linked to
     existing childcare capacity building strategies, as set out in the Early Years
     and Childcare Development Plan, to facilitate the parallel development of
     high quality childcare businesses sustainable beyond the lifetime of the
     programme. The increasing levels of part time working require more
     attention to the training and development needs of these workers, this is
     often an equal opportunities issue.

     Implications for skills training
     • More flexible methods will be needed to deliver training to balance
        domestic and employment needs.
     • Raising awareness of training organisers of the changing structure of the
        labour market.

2.6 Economic activity/inactivity rates
    Cornwall has one of the lowest economic activity rates of those aged 16 to
    64 (72.3%) in the South West. This equates currently to 51,000 who are
    apparently not economically involved in gainful employment. The
    introduction of an (0845) local rate call number by Jobcentres, to attract


     those who are economically inactive to apply for advertised vacancies, is
     one attempt to tap this potential and thereby provide equality of opportunity.
     Further action is required to motivate individuals and change attitudes as
     well as remove inhibitors that exist for those wishing to enter the labour
     market. The Learning and Skills Task Force intends to interpret further the
     current data on economic activity levels, in collaboration with the
     Employment Service.

     Implications for skills training
     • Training strategies that will attract the economically inactive into the
        labour market will be a pre-requisite to success.
     • Provision of childcare facilities and family friendly work practice is
        essential to those wishing to return to work.
     • Champions of good practice and communicators with this sector
        are needed.

2.7 Unemployment
    In addition to those economically inactive (51,000) can be added the 8,500
    who are registered at the Employment Service as unemployed. This is the
    lowest number (and percentage) of registered unemployed for over 20
    years. The majority of these will require a great deal of learning support and
    skills training/retraining before re-entering the labour market. The
    Government’s New Deal has met with some success in helping these
    particular clients.

     Implications for skills training
     • Suitable and selective strategies will be needed to aid the up-skilling and
        re-training of the unemployed.

Demand Side Issues

2.8 Vacancies
    There have been some 40,000+ vacancies each year, for the last 3 years, in
    the Cornish labour market. These have been almost exclusively for
    intermediate and lower level occupations with about 50% being for part-time
    employment, predominantly in the Service sector – Hotel/Catering, Retail
    and Health sectors in particular.

     Only 5% of vacancies (some 2,000) have been for
     “Managerial/Professional/Associate Professional/Technical” level jobs.
     These have almost all been of a full-time nature, although “fixed-term
     contract” working has increasingly been in evidence, and the majority have
     been in Education, Health and IT, followed by Retail and Miscellaneous
     Manufacturing. This confirms the level of supply and demand for higher level
     skills in the present local economy.

     Implications for skills training
     • The creation of higher level occupations will be critical in the raising of


          Cornwall’s GDP and its average wage (currently 20% below the national
          average). Providing local people with higher skills will enable the
          expansion of the economic prosperity without encouraging in-
     •    ESF projects need to link wherever possible with ERDF investment
          so that the generation of quality jobs is supported by the
          development of quality skills.

2.9 Occupational clustering
    The past decade has seen the emergence of industrial clustering across the
    County, most noticeably in Chemical Research, Environmental and related
    and Alternative Energies. These hold exciting possibilities and are already
    becoming recognised as leaders in their field.

     Implications for skills training
     • To research and identify future skills needs and the most appropriate
        level and method of delivery of training.
     • Where appropriate ESF money should be used to support ERDF
        capital investment in Key Industrial Clusters.

2.10 Emerging occupational sectors
     In addition to the emergence of these new clusters Cornwall has
     experienced the rise and decline of some of its more long-standing
     industries. Sectors that have been to the forefront of job creation, in varying
     degrees, over the past 10 years have been Food/Drink, Print/Design,
     Education, Health, IT related, Leisure, Marine related, Call Centres and the
     Arts/Crafts sector.

     Implications for skills training
     • Prioritising learning and skills training suitable for proven, growing
        employment sectors.
     • Identifying changes in the labour market on an ongoing basis will grow
        capacity in the County.

2.11 Part time working
     The job creation record within Cornwall and Scilly over the past 20 years
     gives a basis for optimism. Since 1981 when almost 120,000 were in
     employment an additional 35,000 jobs have been created, mainly part time.
     37% of Cornwall’s employed workforce is currently working in part time
     employment and this is predicted to grow to 50% by the end of this decade,
     much in line with national trends. This pattern of work predominantly
     involves females, 79% of all part time workers. Part time working is an
     increasing phenomenon in the labour market and it is unclear whether
     applicants are actively preferring and thereby opting for part time
     employment or whether employers are increasingly using it as it allows for
     more labour force flexibility.

     An emerging area of concern with this trend however has been highlighted
     by recent research by the Cornwall Labour Market Network. This has


     identified a lack of training of part time staff leading to an erosion of the
     overall availability of skills to employers.

     Implications for skills training
     • Projects should identify the learning and skill needs of part time staff
     • Projects should establish the most effective methods of training
        part time staff to ensure equality of opportunity.

     •    Further research is required on the contribution of part time and home
          working to the economy to confirm or otherwise the perception of lower
          quality work.

2.12 Skill Shortages
     Genuine skills shortages are increasingly being notified by both employers
     and those at the interface with the recruitment process. The Annual
     Employers Survey carried out by PROSPER has recorded growing
     incidences of skill shortages experienced by employers each year for the
     last 3 years. Members of the Cornwall Labour Market Network, several of
     whom work at the “sharp end” matching young people and adults to
     vacancies, give supportive evidence of this growing crisis.

     At first, reports of skills shortages were for skilled jobs such as electricians,
     carpenters, chefs, nurses, CNC machinist etc and then simultaneously over
     the past 2 years this has spread into both lower level jobs (fork lift, PSC,
     HGV drivers, experienced Labourers etc) and into higher level occupations,
     for example, middle managers in engineering, construction, miscellaneous
     manufacturing, IT technicians and professionals, business development and
     marketing professionals.

     Implications for skills training
     • There is a need for an immediate programme of up-skilling and
        retraining of the existing workforce and those seeking work.
     • Ongoing programme of monitoring the skill needs of employers.
     • Tracking of the professional development of individuals as they progress
        through training.

2.13 Work Ethic
     Employer surveys indicate that the personal attributes they are seeking most
     in an individual is that of “work readiness”. This is preferred to any specific
     skill and is a characteristic often missing from even the highest level
     academically qualified individual. The belief is that the flexibility of a
     learning environment is often not conducive to the personal disciplines
     required of a work environment where productivity is often the key issue.
     Often the lack of work readiness is linked by employers to deficiencies in
     basic communications skills.

     Implications for skills training, there needs to be:
     • advice and information at all ages, including those at school through to
        those nearing retirement. This needs to encompass the role of the


         Education Business Partnership, Careers and Educational Guidance.
     •   clear progression of skills acquisition and learning for all,
         regardless of location and initial ability.
     •   bespoke financial support for employers to encourage work place
         training, particularly quality induction training programmes.

2.14 Labour Market Information
     Many of the points identified above indicate a need for greater
     understanding of the labour market and the socio-economic structures within
     it. The Learning and Skills Task Force and the Business Task Force intend
     to undertake further work to understand and interpret the local labour
     supply. Whilst information exists in many formats from many sources it
     requires co-ordination at a local level to inform the decision makers. It is
     recognised that this is and will be a responsibility of other regional and
     national organisations but in order to implement and monitor this strategy a
     local resource is required.

     Implications for skills training
     • The establishment of a labour market unit linked to the South West of
        England Observatory and to the CUC project that would raise the
        intellectual capital and understanding of the labour market mechanism.

2.15 Fit-for-the-job-training
     A growing phenomenon is the demand from employers for “bespoke
     training”. Almost all funded training is linked to the acquisition of nationally
     recognised qualifications, however, many employers (especially SMEs)
     require workers to be multi-skilled but not necessarily skilled to the bench-
     mark level of NVQs. In essence they require an à la carte approach
     whereby they can select modules from a range of NVQs to suit their
     particular circumstances. The most commonly cited example is that of
     Security Alarm Installation Engineer for whom there is no agreed NVQ but
     who would benefit from a selection of modules from the electrical,
     construction and customer care areas.

    Implications for skills training
    • The development of both flexible training programmes and funding to
       meet the specific training needs of employers – especially SMEs.
    • Routes to fund non NVQ training including employer-specified

2.16 Balance of Supply and Demand Issues
    The vision at the beginning of this strategy explicitly allows for individuals to
    acquire skills and develop on a personal basis. This is qualified in that it is to
    enable them to “participate fully within the social and economic activities of
    Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly”. This qualification does not preclude
    individuals from pursuing their own personal career opportunities with other
    people’s funding but it does specifically require projects funded by Objective
    One to meet the needs of the local social and economic situation. Specifically
    the Task Force would welcome a clear indication to show that those


            who use Objective 1 funds are committed to raising the quality and
            level of achievement.

            Implications for skills training
            • All beneficiaries within the strategy need to be able to contribute to the
               restructuring of Cornwall’s socio-economic activity.
            • The content of all projects funded by Objective One needs to incorporate
               contributions to achievement of the three Horizontal Themes when
               appropriate (See Chapter 6).


        Previous rounds of ESF bidding have worked on the basis that individual
        applicants apply to Government Offices for ESF and have secured match funding
        from a variety of sources, within the public and private sectors. This has
        increased the administrative workload and costs for bidders and therefore
        excluded some project proposers. This approach has meant that ESF has been
        managed and audited on the basis of inputs, whereas UK funding streams have
        been managed and audited on outputs. There is also a view that the competitive
        nature of the previous process and its individual project approach has led to
        problems for those wishing to plan strategically. It is believed by Government that
        the introduction of co-financing from September 2001 will go towards resolving
        some of these issues.

        3.1 Co-financing
            Co-financing is a mechanism available to national, regional and local
            organisations that have significant UK matching money, normally in excess
            of £1m, and where the locus of at least one area of their activity can
            properly be funded using ESF money. A Co-Financing Organisation (CFO)
            could be an applicant to the Objective One programme bringing with it the
            necessary match funding. This approach is expected to:

             •   secure better value for money
             •   ensure that the ESF adds more value to the delivery of Government
             •   address the regional priorities within the Programme
             •   promote greater coherence, co-ordination and targeting of provision, and
             •   reduce bureaucracy and administration for providers who would no
                 longer have to bid separately for ESF money and match funding.
             •   ensure better quality in training provision.

        3.2 Co-financing Organisations Criteria
            To be a CFO, an organisation must:

             •    have a locus including at least one area that can properly be funded
                  using ESF money,
             •    have enough money from sources other than ESF (or another CFO)
                  which it would add to the ESF money as match funding,
             •    be contracting with providers. It would commission provision from one or


          more third parties, and then provide the combined ESF money and
          match funding in a single stream.
     •    be in the publicly funded sector.

     Whether a body was eligible to be a CFO would be a question of fact, which
     the Government Office would decide


     The Objective 1 Programme Monitoring Committee would decide firstly
     whether the body in question had passed the first eligibility test and
     secondly, whether making the body a CFO would on balance help to
     achieve the goals in paragraph 3.1.

3.3 Co-Financing Organisations
    The following three organisations are the most likely potential co-financers.

     •   The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) - The LSC will fund FE Colleges,
         employers and training providers in the Private and Voluntary Sectors to
         deliver education, training and other opportunities, it operates from April
     •   The Employment Service (ES) - The ES intends to use co-financing as
         its preferred model for using ESF to complement ES national
     •   The Connexions Service. - The degree of co-ordination being built into
         Connexions will enable the partners to bid collectively and as well as
         being a CFO, they are potentially also a provider.

     The following may also be CFOs, but to a lesser extent

     •   Local Authorities. -The current Local Government bill gives a new power
         to Local Authorities to “promote the economic, social and environmental
         well-being of their area”. This covers some of the ESF measures and
         potentially if they wish they could become CFOs.
     •   Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). - RDAs are recipients of a
         variety of Central Government initiatives that bring with them match
         funding, in particular the Regional Skills Action Plan.
     •   Small Business Service (SBS). - Whilst it may be inappropriate for the
         SBS itself to become a CFO, it is probable that most new business links
         will satisfy the criteria.
     •   National Training Organisations. - Whether there are any that operate
         sufficiently on a regional basis in the South West is as yet unknown but
         some may potentially become CFOs.
     •   Higher Education (HE). - The LSCs have no power to fund HE activity
         and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) does
         not fund on a regional basis so it is therefore envisaged that Higher
         Education Institutions would bid direct.

3.4 CFOs and Providers


             The CFO will contract with providing organisations to deliver the activity
             within Cornwall and Scilly. The responsibility for achievement of the required
             outputs will be with the CFO and will, in all probability, be built into the
             contractual relationship with the provider, which can be either public or
             private. CFOs could secure provision in any of the following ways:

             • by joint development of projects with specified providers
             • by commissioning activity from a specific provider
             • by inviting competitive tenders from a variety of providers for a specific
             • by considering unsolicited bids from providers.

        3.5 Strategic Implications
            From the above it is apparent that there could in the future be multiple CFOs
            applying for Objective One European Social Fund. Potentially CFOs could
            be very attractive to the Objective 1 Partnership in that they bring with them
            match funding and, as an applicant, will take responsibility for what could be
            a major element of the ESF outputs. The attached flow chart (Appendix 1)
            identifies the beginning of the process prior to submission of an application
            for ESF by a potential CFO. The Learning and Skills Task Force would
            agree the role to be fulfilled by a CFO, the amount of funding sought
            and the responsibility for delivering outputs.


        The First Position Paper from the Learning and Skills Task Force identified four
        types of project activity, which were:-

        •   Community learning and widening participation to address exclusion
        •   Learning and businesses
        •   University/research provision
        •   Modernising the learning infrastructure

        which together would build into the Cornwall Learning Network. The Objective 1
        vision for Cornwall is to regenerate the local economy and to ensure that all
        people and communities are enabled to participate. Therefore a balance needs
        to be struck between encouraging individuals to become better educated and
        skilled and the need to ensure businesses and organisations have investment in
        the workforce to raise the level of skills and competence in order to be more
        competitive and increase the region’s GDP.

        Proposed projects received by the Objective 1 secretariat in August and
        September 2000 are encouraging in their ambitious intent but too often
        focus more on the perceived needs of individuals than businesses. Project
        proposers need to clearly identify where appropriate how project activities
        will lead eventually to greater wealth creation capability in Cornwall.

        4.1 The Learning and Skills Task Force strategy is to:


     •   Provide for existing and potential demand for learning and skills. There
         is a mismatch of available provision across the county, which particularly
         highlights the need to provide better access in the more rural parts of the
     •   Stimulate demand – our First Position Paper made specific suggestions
         including the use of learning champions and learning support teams
         including Trades Union workers.
     •   Extend the Learning Network using community outreach, local centres,
         voluntary sector activities, ITC; all feeding into major learning nodes,
         mainly FE college centres containing comprehensive facilities.
     •   Enhance existing and provide more relevant guidance for individuals on
         courses, the jobs available now and likely in the future.
     •   Improve access to learning through the provision of a Key Fund to
         enable better financial support to individuals.
     •   Raise the quality of learning and skills provision.

4.2 Learning and Businesses
    Chapter 2 clearly identifies skills shortages in Cornwall. A priority within
    Objective 1 is to increase the number of good jobs in Cornwall which are
    paid at least at national rates. Despite the obvious skills shortages many
    businesses do not prioritise training and development of their workforce.
    Young people are generally negative about their prospects for obtaining well
    paid employment in Cornwall. Despite the fact that the Cornish school and
    college system is good, better than the national average, young people are
    often not aware of the needs of the “world of work”. With unemployment
    rates currently at unusually low levels many adults who want to work cannot
    find employment.

     Clearly there are mismatches between the demand preference of
     individuals, the provider offering of learning and skills and the needs
     of employers. We are pleased to note that this concern is shared by the
     Objective 1 Task Force for Business and SMEs. Building upon our First
     Position Paper the Learning and Skills Task Force intends to:-
     • Create a Key Fund specifically for the use of businesses, to overcome
         the costs of skills training.
     • Encourage and prioritise projects which develop and employ
         innovative methods of training delivery.
     • Prioritise the needs of businesses operating in Key Industrial
         Clusters as identified in the SPD.
     • Request the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Learning Partnership to
         produce data showing how many people are engaged in learning
         and skills training in Cornwall, and at what level. Our success will be
         measured in increasing these figures.
     • Prioritise skills training in skills shortage areas which exist now and
         are expected. These include marketing and sales, new business
         development and entrepreneurial skills, project management, digital
         techniques, computer networking, food technology, environmental
         science and technology, building and construction, e-commerce skills
         and the management of early years provision.


             •   Develop specific guidance in co-operation with the Education Business
                 Partnership and the Trades Union Bargaining for Skills Unit.
             •   Ensure that any job related guidance we sponsor draws upon the
                 resources of the ES Learning and Work Bank.

        The ongoing work of the Learning and Skills Task Force will place more emphasis
        on serving the needs of those in employment. We anticipate working closely with
        a range of influences from the business community to ensure their needs are met.


        The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Learning Partnership and its Learning and Skills
        Task Force will promote over time the establishment of the Cornwall Learning
        Network. This will be done in a variety of ways over time, as set out in the First
        Position Paper, but in particular to:

        •   Identify the need for and encourage the development of appropriate projects,
            providing guidance to those needing help in developing projects.
        •   Act as a centre of advice on potential matched funding and to broker/facilitate
            partnerships between organisations considering projects.
        •   Actively stimulate innovative approaches to training in order to involve those
            employed in businesses (particularly micro-businesses).
        •   Monitor project activity and specifically data showing the number of individuals
            and businesses involved and their achievements.

        Most of the projects will be delivered by partner organisations including the
        voluntary sector and businesses building towards a coherent, sustainable
        whole. The Learning Partnership is in the process of establishing a not-for-profit
        company with a small executive to progress these aims. Meanwhile an initial
        Project Plan has been developed which clearly links the Objective 1 SPD
        Measures and Targets with Task Force priorities, this initial Project Plan covers
        only ESF expenditure but will in due course influence the allocation of ERDF
        capital bids.

        It is proposed that in ESF Round 2 where applicants are able to
        demonstrate projects of the highest quality that meet the selection criteria
        and are able to deliver outputs on a value for money basis, their application
        should be approved regardless of the overall annual ESF allocation.

        The financial allocations in the following Project Plan identify funds for the
        four years 2000, 01,02 and 03 ie up until the Mid Term Review. The Review
        presents an opportunity to restructure the programme financial tables in
        accordance with delivery of Programme objectives.

        Restriction of applications to funds available in any given year limits the
        opportunity to deliver outputs at the front end of the Programme. Approval
        should be determined by the quality of the project rather than annual fund
        availability. In this way there is an opportunity to generate a larger number of


outputs and greater Programme impact for any given Programme cost as per the
SPD or the SPD outputs at a lower cost. The current policy of allocating 30% of
the sum approved for each individual project at the start of the project may need
to be revisited, particularly for large projects.


ABBREVIATIONS USED                                                                                                                     ESF PROJECT PLAN
LSC    Learning and Skills Council                                             VSP     Voluntary Service Provider
FEC    Further Education Colleges                                              CDC     Cornwall and Devon Careers
HE     Higher Education                                                        SBS     Small Business Service
PP     Private Partners (Businesses)                                           CLN     Cornwall Learning Network
CLP    Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Learning Partnership                         CEC     Cornwall Enterprise Company
LEA    Local Education Authority                                               ES      Employment Service
EYDCP Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership

Measure 1.7:                  New Employment Opportunities
Objective:                    To facilitate the growth and development of SMEs in new and emerging sectors through appropriate training and HRD support

Target Groups:                i.          Existing sectors where further growth is forecast
                              ii.         Life sciences, marine engineering, environmental and earth technologies, food, multi-media

Financial Allocations in                           ESF             UK Public         Private          Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro                      13             16                5               34
                              %                          38.2           47.1              14.7            100

Eligible activities:          Feasibility studies, research, company based anticipation activities, skills training and development, tailored recruitment and training packages.

Targets from SPD:             SMEs assisted with training                                                         1,000
                              People trained                                                                     15,500
                              ESF beneficiaries gaining a qualification                                           7,750
                              Gross Sales Safeguarded                                                         £42million
                              Gross Additional Sales                                                          £42million
                              Number of beneficiaries achieving a qualification                                   7,750

Measure 1.7 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                             Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations
              Activity                     Examples of projects for      Likely     Preferred Delivery Mode:           Recommended              Comments              Benchmark
                                           indicative purposes only     partners    i) Partnership/ individual         ESF allocation                                 Performance
                                                                                          provider                      over 4 years                                   Indicators
                                                                                    ii) Geographic coverage            (00/01/0/2/03)
                                                                                    iii) Delivery type                        =
                                                                                    iv) Links to Government              8 MEuro
1. Skills training to meet               Let's Do I.T., Marine        LSC, FEC,     i) Partnerships and\or                              i)Coverage of all sectors    i) Gross spend
   anticipated skills shortages in       Sector Engineering,          HE, PP        individual provider                                 is essential. Individual     per
   target sectors.                       Multimedia Project,                        ii) Appropriate to sector                           projects must be of a        beneficiary
                                         EYDCP Training                             coverage i.e. proximate to                          size that does not           2,193 euros
                                         Programme                                  developing clusters                                 preclude activities in       ii) Minimum
                                                                                    iii) Classroom, workplace,                          other areas.                 Qualification
                                                                                    ICT networks, Web                     50%           ii) Projects should          achievement
                                                                                    iv) RDA cluster initiative,         (4MEuro)        demonstrate that             rate 50%
                                                                                    RDA skills development                              delivery will be in          iii)
                                                                                    fund                                                appropriately equipped       intervention
                                                                                                                                        facilities                   rate 38.2%,
                                                                                                                                        iii) Projects should have    private match
                                                                                                                                        strong business and          14.7%
                                                                                                                                        industry links
2. Research into skills needs,           EYDCP Childcare Audit        LSC, FEC,     Partnerships and\or                    5%
   supply and demand for labour.                                      HE, PP, LEA   individual provider                (0.4 MEuro)
3. Careers’ information advice           EYDCP Recruitment            CDC, SBS,     Partnership                                         The CLN or other ICT
   and guidance                          Programme                    CLN/CLP                                                           based initiatives provide
                                                                                                                           15%          the most cost-effective
                                                                                                                       (1.2MEuro)       medium to deliver these
4. Recruit and train packages            * GOSW will supply           LSC, FEC,     Partnership and\or                                  Should only be delivered     Should not
   (wage subsidy)                        examples following ESF       HE, CEC,      individual provider                    30%          as part of skills training   exceed six
                                         Round 2                      PP                                               (2.4MEuro)       packages.                    months' wage

Measure 3.1:                  Active Labour Market Policy
Objective:                    To improve the employability of the unemployed, returners and young people through the provision of appropriate guidance and support to
                              improve vocational and other key skills.

Target Groups:                Young unemployed or returners to work; individuals recently made redundant, individuals unable to break a pattern of seasonal unemployment.
                              Adult long-term unemployed.

Financial Allocations in                            ESF           UK Public           Private           Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro                 15.8             25.5                -              41.3
                              %                      38.3             61.7                -              100

Eligible activities           Careers information, advice and guidance, job seeking skills, basic and intermediate skills and training, activities aimed at assisting people
                              taking up employment, development of training materials.

Targets from SPD:             Number of active labour market beneficiaries                                       26,000
                              Number of young people unemployed (< 6 months) assisted                             6,000
                              Number of adults unemployed (< 12 months) assisted                                 12,000
                              % beneficiaries completing their course                                              60%
                              % working towards a qualification                                                    40%
                              Active labour market beneficiaries securing a qualification                          30%
                              Active labour market beneficiaries securing employment                               40%
                              % positive outcomes on leaving                                                       70%
                              % moving into self employment                                                         5%

Measure 3.1 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                     Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations
                   Activity                     Examples for indicative     Delivered by   Preferred Delivery Mode:        Recommended             Comments           Benchmark
                                                    purposes only                          i) Partnership/ individual    ESF allocation over                          Performance
                                                                                                 provider                      4 years                                 Indicators
                                                                                           ii) Geographic coverage          (00/01/02/03)
                                                                                           iii) Delivery type                = 9MEuro
                                                                                           iv) Links to Government
1.   Training schemes combining guidance,    Build and Train, Tap Routes,   LSC, FEC,      i) Partnership                                      Projects should      i) Gross cost
     vocational qualifications, work         GROW                           LEA, VS,       ii) Countywide                                      demonstrate          per beneficiary
     experience, employment search support                                  PP             iii) Classroom and in the                           identified           1,588 euros
     activities and employment recruitment                                                 workplace                            60%            progression routes   ii) intervention
     measures.                                                                             iv) New Deal                     (5.4 MEuro)        and appropriate      rate 38.3%
                                                                                                                                               support              iii) qualification
                                                                                                                                                                    rate 75%
2.   Basic and ICT skills.                   Breadline NETwork, Link into   LSC, FEC,      i) Partnership and or                                                    i) Gross cost
                                             Learning, Adult Education,     LEA, VSP,      individual providers.                                                    per beneficiary
                                             Prince's Youth Trust           PP             ii) Countywide                                                           1,588 euros
                                             Volunteers, CSV Media, Build                  iii) Classroom and over ICT                                              ii) intervention
                                             and Train                                     networks/ web                        18%                                 rate 38.3%
                                                                                           iv) Learn Direct/ ICT for       (1.62 MEuro)                             iii) qualification
                                                                                           employability                                                            achievement
                                                                                                                                                                    rate 75%
3.   Information, guidance and support       SHARE (Youth Service)          CLP, LEA,      i) Partnership
                                                                            VSP, CDC       ii) Countywide
                                                                                           iii) Classroom and over ICT          15%
                                                                                           networks/ web                   (1.35 MEuro)
                                                                                           iv) Learn Direct, New Deal
4.   Development of learning and support     CLN                            CLP            i) Partnership
     materials                                                                             ii) Countywide                        7%
                                                                                           iii) N/a                         (0.63MEuro)
                                                                                           iv) Learn Direct

Measure 3.2:                  Learning For Competitive Business And For Enterprise, Adaptability And
Objective:                    1. To ensure that SMEs have access to appropriately trained and qualified labour through the provision of skills training linked to known or
                                 anticipated labour market needs.
                              2. To improve the competitiveness of SMEs through development and up-skilling of the workforce in established SME’s.
                              3. To increase the number and quality and improve the durability of new start businesses.

Target Groups\Sectors:        i.          The employed working in SMEs;
                              ii.         The employed in business start-ups.

Financial Allocations in                               ESF           UK Public       Private          Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro                    19              23.9           8.1              51
                              %                        37.3             46.9          15.8             100

Eligible activities:          Promotion and awareness raising; feasibilities; research, TNA’s, benchmarking; new training packages and guidance material; careers advice,
                              guidance and counselling; basic and vocational skills training, development of business linking and partnerships aimed at the young, business
                              start up support, capacity building of social partners, support for recruitment and training of new employees.

Targets from SPD:             Number of people trained as part of adaptability                                19,000
                              Numbers given enterprise training                                                2,000
                              Numbers getting self employed help                                               1,600
                              Number of school students given enterprise guidance                              1,000
                              Number of companies helped                                                       1,500
                              Number of employees helped                                                      15,000
                              Number of trainers trained                                                         100
                              % working towards a qualification                                                 50%
                              Number of new learning materials produced                                           10
                              Number of research\labour market analysis projects                                  20
                              Numbers securing a qualification                                                  40%
                              Survival rate of self employed at 18 months                                       70%

Measure 3.2 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                              Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations
            Activity                 Examples of projects for   Delivered          Preferred Delivery Mode         Recommended        Comments          Key selection criteria
                                     indicative purposes only      by       i) Partnership/ individual provider    ESF allocation
                                                                            ii) Geographic coverage                  over 4 years
                                                                            iii) delivery type                      (00/01/02/03)
                                                                            iv) Links to Government initiatives      = 11 MEuro

1. Basic and vocational skills     SME training support         LSC,        i)Partnerships or individual                                             i) Gross cost per
   training to up-skill SME        fund. (key fund)             FEC, HE,    provider.                                                                beneficiary 2,161 euros
   employees.                      Unlocking Cornish            PP, VSP     ii) Countywide                             50%                           ii) 64% of beneficiaries
                                   potential, Engage (Now                   iii) Classroom, workplace, ICT         (5.5 MEuro)                       should be employed
                                   known as Herron),                        network, Web                                                             status
                                   Modern Apprentices                       iv) Learn Direct                                                         iii) qualification
                                                                                                                                                     achievement rate 80%
2. E-commerce and ICT skills       Net Assist, Cornwall         LSC,        i)Partnerships or individual
   for SME’s                       Learning Network – Let’s     FEC, HE,    provider.
                                   Do It                        VSP, PP     ii) Countywide
                                                                            iii) Classroom, workplace, ICT             15%
                                                                            network, Web                          (1.65 MEuro)
                                                                            iv) Learn Direct, RDA skills
                                                                            development fund
3. Training and support            Prosper - New Business       ISC, HE,    i)Partnerships or individual
   packages for business start-    Excellence 2000              FEC, US,    provider.
   ups.                            Education Business           PP, SBS     ii) Countywide                             15%
                                   Partnership                              iii) Classroom, workplace, ICT         (1.65MEuro)
                                   EYDCP childcare                          network, Web
                                   business support package                 iv) Learn Direct
4. Recruitment and training        Cornwall Recruit and                                                                20%                           Should not exceed six
   packages                        Train 2000                                                                      (2.2MEuro)                        months' wage subsidy

Measure 3.3:                  Lifelong Learning
Objective:                    To enable young people and adults to continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their lives.

Target Groups\Sectors:        Recently unemployed; disabled people; those in and out of employment who lack basic skills\or who have low level skills; those unlikely to
                              undertake further learning; those on low incomes, especially unskilled workers; employers involved in improving skills; small firms at greater
                              risk for change.

Financial Allocations in      2000 - 2006           ESF          UK Public           Private          Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro               11.066           12.746            4.875           28.087
                              %                     38.6             44.4              17.0            100

Eligible activities:          Promoting \ implementing lifelong learning; spreading good practice of LLL; increased flexibility of provision; stronger employer-education
                              links; increasing skill levels; special measures for better access to higher level opportunities.

Targets from SPD:             Number of companies assisted                                                        500
                              Number of Lifelong Learning beneficiaries                                        11,000
                              Percentage completing their courses                                                70%
                              Percentage working towards a qualification                                         60%
                              Number of research\labour market analysis projects                                   20
                              Number of trainers trained                                                          100
                              Number of capacity building projects                                                 20

Measure 3.3 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                                           Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations
              Activity                  Examples of projects   Delivered by              Preferred Delivery Mode                  ESF                      Comments                                   Benchmark
                                           for indicative                      i) Partnership/ individual provider             allocation                                                             Performance
                                           purposes only                       ii) Geographic coverage                       over 4 years                                                              Indicators
                                                                               iii) delivery type                            (00/01/02/03)
                                                                               iv) Links to Government initiatives            = 7 MEuro

1.   Training packages together with    Cornwall Learning      LSC, FEC,      i) partnership and/or individual provider                      Training Partnerships should              i) Gross spend per beneficiary 2,553 euro
     appropriate support measures       Network, SEAL          PP,CLP,        ii) County-wide                                    55%         demonstrate, contribution towards         ii) intervention rate 38.6%, private sector
     aimed at promoting lifelong        project, Learning      LEA, VSP       iii) informal, flexible delivery eg employer                   Learning Targets, suitable venues eg      contribution 17%
     learning to individuals,           Shops                                      based or community outreach, ICT or       (3.85 MEuro)    informal settings, ‘people’ support,      iii) qualification achievement rate 70%
     employers and communities                                                     web based                                                 measures to remove barriers,              iv) percentage on qualification based
                                                                              iv) Business Education Partnership, ILAs,                      progression routes through partners for   learning 60%
                                                                                   Learn Direct, NOF and ICT                                 continued learning. Development
                                                                                                                                             activities should demonstrate how they
                                                                                                                                             contribute to Learning Targets and
                                                                                                                                             widen participation
2.   Research and dissemination                                LSC, FEC,       i) partnership
     packages aimed at the                                     PP, CLP,        ii) County-wide                                   10%
     identification of good practice                           LEA, VSP        iii) n/a                                      (0.7 MEuro)
     in the promotion of lifelong                                              iv) Business Education Partnership, ILAs,
     learning                                                                    Learn Direct, NOF and ICT
3.   Activities to support the          Education Business     LSC, FEC,       i) Partnership
     strengthening of links between     Partnership            PP, CLP,        ii) County-wide and local
     educational establishments and                            LEA, VSP        iii) n/a                                           5%
     employers                                                                 iv) Business Education Partnership,           (0.35MEuro)
                                                                               ILAs, Learn Direct, NOF and ICT
4.   Activities to improve the          Cornwall Learning       LSC, FEC,      i) Partnership and/or local provider
     flexibility of provision           Network                  PP, CLP,      ii) County-wide                                   10%
                                                                LEA, VSP       iii) n/a                                      (0.7 MEuro)
                                                                               iv) Business Education Partnership,
                                                                               ILAs, Learn Direct, NOF and ICT

5.   Activities that improve access     Cornwall Learning       LSC, FEC,      i) Partnership and/or local provider
     to and widen the range of higher   Network                  PP, CLP,      ii) County-wide
     level learning opportunities                               LEA, VSP       iii) informal, flexible delivery eg               20%
                                                                               employer based or community outreach,         (1.4 MEuro)
                                                                               ICT or web based
                                                                               iv) Business Education Partnership,
                                                                               ILAs, Learn Direct, NOF and ICT

Measure 3.4:                  Promoting Social Inclusion
Objective:                    To identify and overcome barriers that exclude individuals from learning and employment opportunities.

Target Groups\Sectors:        Disadvantaged groups in the labour market including the long term unemployed; older people, young people and returners to the labour market
                              who have difficulty in securing employment; the disabled; people with learning, numeracy and literacy problems; lone parents; carers; homeless;
                              refugees; young people in danger of exclusion.

Financial Allocations In      2000 - 2006           ESF           UK Public            Private          Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro               15.809            23.898               -             39.707
                              %                     39.8              60.2                -              100

Eligible activities:          Feasibility studies, research projects etc. on barriers to employment; intensive support to reach basic skill levels; packages to meet needs of
                              particular groups; customised training; capacity building; related activities; removing barriers to excluded groups.

Targets from SPD:             Number of people supported from excluded groups                                    12,000
                              Number participating in vocational training                                         6,000
                              Number of trainers trained                                                            200
                              Percentage working towards a qualification                                           43%
                              Number of capacity building projects                                                   50
                              Number of research projects                                                            20

Measure 3.4 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                              Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations

                       Activity                                 Examples of          Delivered    Preferred Delivery Mode           Recommended          Comments        Benchmark
                                                                projects for            by        i) Partnership/ individual        ESF allocation                       Performance
                                                                 indicative                       provider                            over 4 years                        Indicators
                                                               purposes only                      ii) Geographic coverage            (00/01/02/03)
                                                                                                  iii) delivery type                   = 9MEuro
                                                                                                  iv) Links to Government
                                                             Pentreath Industries,   LSC, FEC,   i.     Partnership                                                     i) Gross cost per
1.    Training and intensive support packages aimed at       Open Doors, GUIDE       LEA, VSP,   ii.    County Wide                                                         beneficiary330
      enabling target groups to reach basic skill and                                 CDC, ES    iii.   One to one, classroom              50%                              9 euro
      employability levels, pre-entry training;                                                  iv.    New Deal, SRB, Action          (4.5MEuro)                       ii) intervention
                                                                                                        Team for Jobs, EYDCP,                                               rate 39.8%
                                                                                                        Connexions                                                      iii) % working
                                                             Cornwall 16-24, 25+,                i.      Partnership
2.    Customised training, tailored to the needs and         Over 50                             ii.     County wide/local                 25%
      circumstances of the individual, including mentoring                                       iii.    Distance/local               (2.25MEuro)
                                                                                                 iv.     Connexions, HAZ Action
                                                                                                         Team for Jobs
                                                             Probation youth                     i.      Partnership/individual
3.    Capacity building.                                     service,                            ii.     County wide/local                 25%
                                                                                                 iii.    traditional                  (2.25MEuro)
                                                             Community housing                   iv.     Connexions, HAZ Action
                                                                                                         Team for Jobs

Measure 3.5:                  Increasing Participation Of Women
Objective:                    1. To improve the participation of women in the labour market by providing specialist support to overcome specific gender related barriers to
                                 entry to employment\self-employment and learning opportunities.
                              2. To reduce vertical and horizontal gender segregation in the labour market through increasing the number of employers adopting active equal
                                 opportunities strategies and family friendly policies.

Target Groups\Sectors:        Women

Financial Allocations in      2000 - 2006           ESF          UK Public          Private           Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro               6.324            7.966               -            14.290
                              %                     44.3             55.7               -             100

Eligible activities:          Research on removing barriers; career information, advice and guidance; vocational training in occupations\sectors where women are under-
                              represented; addressing specific gender related barriers to access to learning\employment; supporting employers to develop equal opportunity
                              and family-friendly practices; financial incentives to employers to train women in sectors\occupations where they are under-represented.

Targets from SPD:             Number of women trained to increase participation                                4,000
                              Number of beneficiaries                                                          4,000
                              Number of SME’s assisted                                                           300
                              Percentage of projects offering childcare support                                100%
                              Number of research projects                                                         10

Measure 3.5 - Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                      Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations

                    Activity                           Examples of     Delivered      Preferred Delivery Mode   Recommende                  Comments                            Benchmark
                                                       projects for       by       i) Partnership/ individual       d ESF                                                       Performance
                                                        indicative                 provider                       allocation                                                     Indicators
                                                      purposes only                ii) Geographic coverage       over 4 years
                                                                                   iii) delivery type           (00/01/02/03)
                                                                                   iv) Links to Government        = 4MEuro
1. Vocational skills training packages with          Action Women      LSC, HE,    i) Partnership                               Ideally projects should be able to      i) Gross spend per
associated advice, support and guidance aimed at                       LEA, FEC,   ii) Countywide                               demonstrate links to VS and                  beneficiary 3573 euro
occupations and sectors where women are under-                         VSP, CG,    iii) Classroom, workplace,        40%        community groups with                   ii) intervention rate 44.3%
represented                                                            PP          ICT networks and Web          (1.6 MEuro)    demonstrable capacity of                iii) projects with childcare
                                                                                   iv) EYDCP                                    supporting women
                                                                                                                                                                             support 100%
2. Careers information, advice and guidance          GOSW will         FEC,VSP,    i) Partnership and/ or                       Childcare initiatives linked to Early
packages                                             supply examples   CG,ES,      individual provider                          Years
                                                     following Round   LEA         ii) Countywide
                                                     2 of ESF                      iii) Classroom, community         15%
                                                                                   centres, ICT networks and     (0.6MEuro)
                                                                                   iv) EYDCP
3. Support activities/ funding aimed at supporting   GOSW will         FEC,VSP,    i) Partnership and/ or                       Funding should primarily be aimed
women in undertaking learning where they might       supply examples   CG,ES,      individual provider                          at measures encouraging women to
overwise be excluded                                 following Round   LEA         ii) Countywide                               participate after learning or career
                                                     2 of ESF                      iii) N/a                          40%        breaks whilst raising children and at
                                                                                   iv) EYDCP                     (1.6 MEuro)    providing childcare support where
                                                                                                                                this enables mothers to participate
                                                                                                                                in learning and skills development
4. Research to identify removal of barriers to       GOSW will         LSC, HE,    i) Partnership and/ or
women participation in learning and/or gaining       supply examples   LEA, FEC,   individual provider                5%
employment                                           following Round   VSP, CG,    ii) Countywide                (0.2 MEuro)
                                                     2 of ESF          PP          iii) N/a
                                                                                   iv) EYDCP

Measure 4.2:                      Area Based Pathways To Employment
Objective:                        To facilitate the re-entry to the labour market of those out of work in targeted areas through integrated and locally based regeneration plans.

Target Groups\Sectors:            Residents of the area.

Financial Allocations in          2000 - 2006              ESF           UK Public            Private            Total
Objective 1 programme:
                                  M Euro                   7.997              8.0                  -             15.997
                                  %                         50                50                   -              100

Eligible activities:              Capacity buildings for social partners and community\voluntary organisations; feasibility studies\research projects; careers advice and
                                  guidance; development of training materials and new methods of delivery; developing key skills; vocational training; working with young
                                  people including school students.

Targets from SPD:                 Number of people trained                                                                  2,000
                                  Number of people provided with guidance                                                   2,000

Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                                    Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations

                       Activity                              Examplos of projects   Delivered by       Preferred Delivery Mode      Recommended ESF      Comments         Benchmark
                                                                for indicative                     i) Partnership/ individual        Allocation over 4                    Performance
                                                                purposes only                      provider                                years                           Indicators
                                                                                                   ii) Geographic coverage             (00/01/02/03)
                                                                                                   iii) delivery type                   = 4 MEuro
                                                                                                   iv) Links to Government
Activities under this measure must relate to the            Penwith Pathways
Integrated Areas Plans (IAPs). This delivery plan           to Employment
will be detailed when the IAPs are complete.

Measure 5.4:                  Research And Knowledge
Objective:                    To assist individuals and organisations in the development of intellectual capital

Target Groups\Sectors:        Activities must benefit SMEs in Cornwall and Scilly but this can be indirect in some cases.

Financial Allocations in      2000-2006             ESF           UK Public           Private           Total
Objective 1 programme:
                              M Euro                9.997           11.000               3.000         23.997
                              %                      41.7            45.8                 12.5          100

Eligible activities:          Research and development grants; training in research linked to developing intellectual capital; post-graduate and postdoctoral research linked
                              to areas of acknowledged expertise; higher level training linked to commercial research; exchange visits and transnational co-operation linked
                              to research and development; support for visiting experts.

Targets from SPD:             Number of people trained.                                                            1,500

Project Delivery Plan:                                                                                                     Note: Task Force to discuss/agree allocations

                       Activity                          Examples of         Delivered     Preferred Delivery Mode         Recommended          Comments        Benchmark
                                                         projects for           by         i) Partnership/ individual      ESF Allocation                       Performance
                                                          indicative                       provider                          over 4 years                        Indicators
                                                        purposes only                      ii) Geographic coverage          (00/01/02/03)
                                                                                           iii) delivery type                 = 6MEuro
                                                                                           iv) Links to Government
Activities under this measure must complement
 the Combined University for Cornwall Plans
(CUC). This delivery plan will be detailed when
     the CUC business plans are complete.

CHAPTER 6         PROCESSES – How to interface with and succeed in the Objective 1

     Some useful background information about the Objective 1 programme is provided in
     Appendix 2. In addition, more specific information may be obtained from:

•   The Objective 1 office at Castle House Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 2UD, e-mail
•   The Objective 1 helpline 0800 0280120
•   The Objective 1 website

     Of particular interest to prospective project proposers from the business sector is the
     document “Getting Involved – Objective 1 and the private business sector”.
     Appendix 3 lists the Priorities and Measures in the Single Programming Document
     highlighting those of particular interest to the Learning and Skills Task Force.

     Applicants need to reflect in their project application contributions to the following.

     Equal Opportunities
     The Equal Opportunities Priority objective, is:

     “To increase the take up of opportunities by women through the promotion and
     provision of support, and prioritisation of activities, that explicitly address barriers to
     participation in opportunities provided by Structural Fund support”.

     Four operational objectives have been agreed:

•   To increase access to, and the securing of, training, employment opportunities and sustainable
    benefits amongst women who suffer from exclusion.
•   To increase the number of women accessing training and employment in higher paid and higher
    skilled occupations and sectors where they are under-represented.
•   To increase the number of employers adopting equal opportunity strategies and family-friendly
•   To increase the number of women participating in the management and implementation
    structures of the Programme.

     Information Society
     The Priority objective, is:
     “To increase the use of electronic information and telematics by all groups in society”.

     The operational objectives are:

•   To support the provision of public and other information services using ICT, as a means of
    increasing public awareness and familiarity with its potential.
•   To increase the number of people receiving ICT related skills training, information, guidance and
    training delivered through ICT applications.
•   To increase business application of ICT as a means to increase competitiveness.
•   To increase the use of electronic and telematic services for the delivery and management of
    Programme activities.

     Environment Theme

     The Programme objective for the environment, is:

     “To ensure that the environment makes a positive contribution to the objectives of the
     Programme through the promotion and provision of support and the prioritisation of
     activities that explicitly address environmental issues and opportunities”.

     The operational objectives are:

•   To enable the protection and improvement of the environment.
•   To promote the prudent use of natural resources.
•   To take advantage of the business opportunities afforded by growing demands for environmental
    goods, processes and services.
•   To increase the awareness of residents, businesses and visitors of the value and importance of
    the environment.
•   To actively promote environmental policies in all aspects of Programme management and

     How to apply
     Appendix 4 of this paper summarises the process for project applicants.

     Scoring Criteria
     There are scoring criteria set by government. They are currently being refined and will be
     published shortly on the Objective One website.

                                                                                                                                                                        APPENDIX ONE
                                           ESF Co-Financing - Key Business Process - Co-Financing Organisation and Government Office

                                                                                                                                                     Provider Network
                                                  B                 Co-Financing Organisation

                                                          4                                                                  5/C
                                                                                                                             Management of
                                                          Contract with                                                      Provider Network
                                                          Government                                                         to deliver ESF      See Flow Diagram C
                                                          Office                                                             contract(s)

                                                                                                                                                 Performance MI
                                                                                             Management Information System
                                                          Respond to                                                          Claims and MI
                                                          Appraisal                                                                                     Government Office/

                                                          Issues                                                                                        Secretariat

                                                                                                                              Receive and
                                                      Make                       Commissioning Spec.                          process payments    Payment
                             Government               Application                Delivery Plan
                                                                                 Appraisal criteria

                                                                                  SPD/ Programme                              Review
                                    negotiates            Agree
                                                          Delivery Plan           Complement                                  Performance
                                                          Appraisal Criteria

                      PMC and wider

                                                                         APPENDIX TWO
The Objective One
Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly

A summary of the Single Programming Document

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been designated as an Objective One area because its
economy is lagging behind the European average. The aim of the Objective One
European Structural Fund Programme is to regenerate the economy and increase the
wealth of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The vision is to create 'a prosperous Cornwall and Scilly where all people and communities
share in an improving quality of life'.

A local partnership was established drawn from a wide range of sectors including local
authorities, the private sector, the voluntary and community sector, various important
specialist sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and the environment, as well as the South
West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), the Government Office for the South West
(GOSW) and the regional office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Together they have prepared a strategy document called the Single Programming
Document or SPD; the full text of which is on the GOSW website at
which has been approved by the European Commission. The SPD in effect forms a
contract between the UK Government and the European Commission and indicates how
the Programme allocation of approximately £300 million will be spent.

What European funds support Objective One?

Within the Objective One Programme there are four Structural Funds from which the
European money can be used to support a range of projects which will deliver the aims
and objectives of the programme. These are:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which promotes sustainable economic
development and employment whilst protecting and improving the environment.

European Social Fund (ESF) which assists the implementation of European and National
employment strategies through training, with a focus on disadvantaged groups within the
labour market.

European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) which can assist the
production, processing and marketing of agricultural and forestry products and the
development of local potential in rural areas.

Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) which assists the balance between fish
stocks and fishing.

What are the priorities for development?

Within the Single Programme Document or SPD there are five 'Priorities' or areas for
investment through which the Structural Funds will be allocated. These are:

Priority one – SME and Micro Business Support

This priority will be used to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing new or
improved business premises, advice and information, small grants, loan and venture
capital schemes, support for agricultural product processing and marketing, encouraging
new business start ups and the development of business with growth potential and
providing employees with training and new skills.

Priority two – Strategic Spatial Development

This priority will be used to invest in key towns, industrial sites, communications and
transport infrastructure that will aid the growth and development of both large and small
businesses and create more employment opportunities.

Priority three – Developing People

This priority will fund learning and training opportunities to help people increase their skill
levels, become more employable, find a job or make progress within their existing
employment. It will particularly help those groups who are currently disadvantaged in the
labour market and will increase the participation of women.

Priority four – Community Economic Development and Rural Structural Assessment

This priority will help social inclusion and provide support for deprived and rural
communities by improving community facilities in towns and villages, training, capacity
building and support for community businesses. It will also assist the adjustment and
adaptation of communities dependent on agriculture and fishing.

Priority five – Regional Distinctiveness

This priority will help develop economic benefits from the arts, cultural and heritage
industries and the national environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It will also help
finance the development of new higher education and learning opportunities in the area
and help Cornwall and Scilly take advantage of the knowledge-driven economy.

What other areas must be covered in the application?

Each of the 5 Priorities is further sub divided into a number of 'measures' which describe in
more detail the activities which will be eligible for funding, the amount of funding available
in each of the 4 funds and the benefits or 'outputs' which are expected. This information is
provided in the 'programme complement' which is a separate part of the SPD.

As well as these 5 Priorities there are also 3 'cross cutting themes' which must be taken
account of in all project applications. These are:

• Sustainable Development – making sure that the environment is protected while taking
advantage of the benefits it offers; increasing awareness of and promoting positive
environmental policies.
 • Equal Opportunities – ensuring that the opportunities created by the programme are
made available to everyone regardless of their race, colour, disability, age, gender etc,
increasing opportunities for women and the number of women taking advantage of them,
encouraging employees to develop and adopt equal opportunities and family friendly
 • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – raising awareness and the potential
use of ICT by both the public and businesses as a means of accessing training and
information and increasing competitiveness.

What is 'match funding' and where does it come from?

European grants can only provide a percentage of the expenditure required for projects
which will support the 5 SPD Priorities and the activities which receive further funding must
be 'additional' or provide 'added value' to existing activities in the area.

All the money provided from the European funds described above must be 'matched by
money from other sources such as UK government expenditure programmes, government
agencies, local authorities, lottery funds, charities, voluntary sector organisations and the
private sector i.e. local businesses and industry. It is up to the project applicant to identify
sources of match funding, although GOSW can help with sign-posting.

How do you apply for Objective One funding?

Currently, each of the 4 different European Structural Funds requires a different
application form, ERDF and ESF are administered by GOSW in Plymouth, while EAGGF
and FIFG are administered by MAFF. To obtain an application form and the relevant
guidance notes you should contact the relevant Programme Secretariat shown below.
Application forms, business plans and other supporting documents should be returned to
the office that issued it.

Each project application should be submitted under one main Priority and will go through a
similar approval procedure, which will include an eligibility check, appraisal and scoring. As
well as a technical appraisal by the Secretariat which will assess whether it provides good
value for money, the application will also undergo a 'peer assessment' by a Priority
Management Group in order to assess how well the project fits the aims and objectives of
the Priority and Measure. The Priority Management Groups (PMGs) will be made up of
representatives from the Objective One Partnership who have the necessary knowledge
and expertise to enable them to make a proper assessment.

When a project application has successfully completed the technical and peer group
assessment it will be recommended for approval to a Working Group. The role of this
group, which will be made up of PMG members, will be to ensure that projects coming
forward from each of the five PMGs are of a consistent standard and effectively address
the three 'cross cutting' themes described earlier. Following the working group's
endorsement, the project will receive an offer letter from the Secretariat which is the formal

'go ahead' which allows the project to start.

Applications which are not considered suitable for funding as a result of either of the
assessments conducted by the PMG or the Secretariat will be notified and will be offered
advice on how to improve it for re-submission. Applications which are not eligible for
support will be notified as soon as possible after receipt by the Secretariat.

The process is designed to be fair and transparent. It also has to be thorough. This means
that it can take a while for applications to be considered but it will be possible for
applicants to find out where the application has reached in the process. Information about
the eligibility and scoring system will be made available along with detailed guidance notes
relating to each fund. There
will also be a range of individuals within the Objective One Partnership organisations who
can provide advice and guidance either by phone or in person.

What other ways are there of accessing funds?

It is important to note that not everyone with a project idea will have to apply directly to the
Secretariat to access European Funding. It is proposed that a range of delegated grant or
'umbrella' funds should also be established. These are defined sources of money within
the programme which are available to support small projects with a similar theme such as
farm tourism, training grants and business support. If you are an individual rather than an
organisation, or an individual small business, the process will often be simplified if the
activity you wish to undertake is catered for by an umbrella fund – the Programme
Secretariat will be able to provide further information.

Similarly, funding applications for a number of smaller projects within a specific
geographical area can be submitted through an Integrated Area Plan or IAP. All of the
District Councils in Cornwall are already working up IAPs.

What happens after funding has been approved?

Once an application has been approved by the Working Group the Secretariat will issue an
offer letter. This is a binding legal agreement, which lays down the terms and conditions
under which the grant can be paid and includes the outputs and benefits which the project
must deliver. No activity or expenditure should be undertaken until the offer letter is
received. This will usually take about 3 months but can take longer.

Grant payments are usually made every three months, after the money has been spent
and on submission of a claim form to the Secretariat. However, arrangements can be
made to pay grants on a monthly basis particularly for voluntary sector organisations.
Claim forms should be accompanied by a progress report which will include information
about the project's activities and the outputs achieved.

How do I get more information about Objective One?

The Objective One Partnership Office has been set up to provide support and assistance
for the Programme and from September a communications

campaign will be launched with lots of information available that is targeted for all the
different interests represented in the SPD.

These interests will have their own Task Forces, many of whom are already set up, who
will advise on project development, and prepare strategies to guide investment for their
own special interest sectors. We will be publicising information from the Task Forces
regularly, so whatever your interest; farming, fishing, tourism, the arts, heritage, culture,
business, education and training, our social well-being or our infrastructure, there will be
lots of opportunities to find out facts that are relevant to you.

Our communities can also be involved through the Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) of which
there will be 9 in total. These are designed to encourage investment that improves where
we live; investment in our towns and villages especially.

You can contact the Objective One Office at the address below, or get advice and
guidance by calling the Objective One Helpline on freephone 0800 0280120 or by visiting
the Objective One Partnership website,

More information about the Objective One Programme and the four Structural Funds,
including application forms and various guidance notes can be found on the Government
Office for the South West website,

Hard copies of the information and application forms are also obtainable on request from
the following:

Programme Secretariats

For ERDF and ESF contact the European Secretariat,
GOSW, Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL4 0HJ.
Tel 01752 635000 Fax 01752 635090

For EAGGF contact the European Secretariat,
MAFF, South West RSC, Clyst House, Winslade Park,
Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DY.
Tel 01392 266331

For FIFG contact John Parkin, MAFF (London),
G43 Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR.
Tel 01712 386594

freephone 0800 0280120

“PRIORITIES & MEASURES”                                             APPENDIX THREE
Set out below are the five priorities identified in the funding bid approved by the European
Commission. Under each priority are the individual elements – known as “measures” –, which need
to be addressed by Objective One projects.

Priority one - business support

1.1     Business premises, advice, networking and mentoring
1.2     Financial engineering – loans, venture capital etc
1.3     Developing competitive SMEs
1.4     Support for agricultural product processing and marketing
1.5     Supporting the new entrepreneur
1.6     Developing sectors with growth potential
1.7     New employment opportunities

Priority two - strategic investment

2.1     Investment focused on strategic sites and employment growth centres – large site based
2.2     Investment concentrating major development on towns
2.3     Increase benefits of major investments for local people & companies through provision of
        packaged actions in support of major capital work
2.4     Strategic infrastructure (transport & communication)

Priority three - developing people

3.1     Labour market interventions (job seeking, work based training etc)
3.2     Adaptability & entrepreneurship
3.3     Lifelong learning
3.4     Tackling social inclusion
3.5     Increasing the participation of women in the labour market
3.6     Infrastructure & support for training & learning

Priority four - community development & rural sectoral adjustment

4.1     Employment & income generating opportunities for deprived and rural communities
4.2     Facilitate the re-entry into the labour market for those out of work in deprived and rural
4.3     Various measures to assist communities reliant upon agriculture as their main source of
        (4.3 – 4.6 inclusive)
4.7     Assistance for communities reliant upon fishing as their main source of income
4.8     Regenerate rural, coastal and island communities affected by the long-term decline of
        primary key sectors through increasing local services and community facilities

Priority five - regional distinctiveness

5.1     Securing economic benefits from the arts and cultural industries
5.2     Enhancing & developing economic benefits from the natural environment and the region’s
        buildings of historic interest
5.3     Support the development of a higher quality knowledge driven economy through provision
        of facilities, which allow the region to develop and capitalise on intellectual assets.
5.4     To assist individuals and organisations in the development of intellectual capital.
Covered by Learning and Skills Task Force Work Plan in Chapter 5.

                                                                                           APPENDIX 4
                           SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

These notes are based on applications for funding from the European Social Fund, which
assists the implementation of European and national employment strategies through
training, with a focus on disadvantaged groups within the labour market.

For applications to the other three funds – ERDF, EAGGF and FIFG – see the relevant


All applications for funding – regardless of size, complexity or how many organisations are involved
– have to go through the same appraisal process.

The process, which draws on experts from within Cornwall & Scilly with practical and technical
experience of the sectors involved, is designed to ensure that the funding is properly spent and will
support the aims of Objective One.

The process will also provide an ‘audit trail’ to show in a transparent and accountable fashion how
the money has been spent.

The approval process should take no more than 12 weeks from the date when the
application is received to an offer letter being sent.

However it may be quicker than that if the application is straightforward, or longer if the application
does not contain all the relevant information or is unclear in some way.

Clearly, part of the purpose of the process is to ensure that inappropriate, ineligible or poor quality
projects do not get funded. On the other hand, there is considerable help available from within the
programme both to help applicants develop eligible, high quality projects which support the aims of
Objective One and to offer advice on how to submit an application.

Submitting the application

The ESF application form is only available in electronic format. It can be downloaded from the
GOSW web site (see the website section on new European programmes) or an
application pack including either a disk or CD can be requested from the ESF Secretariat.

Two hard copies and a disk version of the completed application form should be returned to the
ESF section at GOSW who will do an initial eligibility check and acknowledge receipt.

Scoring and qualitative assessment

ESF applications are scored and only those achieving a minimum score of 65% will go forward to
the next stage of the appraisal process. The scoring is not done by GOSW but by a special
scoring panel made up of representatives from relevant organisations across the South West. This
panel will meet approximately every 8 weeks to score applications for Objective One funding.

After the scoring, the application is also looked at in terms of its quality and if it meets the overall

aims of the programme and the requirements of the specific Objective One priority under which the
bid is made.

An expert group, called a Priority Management Group (PMG), makes this assessment. The PMGs
are made up of people – from the public, private and voluntary sectors – with the practical
knowledge and relevant background necessary to make a proper assessment. There are seven
PMGs, including one for each priority.

As well as looking at whether the application supports the relevant priority, the PMG will also
assess whether the project can show:

   •   It is feasible and offers value for money.
   •   Additional benefits for the region as a result of Structural Fund support.
   •   A clear need for support.
   •   Job creation potential (particularly higher quality jobs) or attainment of other specified
       relevant outputs.
   •   Secure match funding, with credit for projects that draw in additional funding to Cornwall &
   •   The strategic nature of the scheme in its regional context.
   •   Synergy with other schemes and measures, including Government programmes and other
       EU schemes.
   •   A positive environmental impact where possible or minimisation of any negative impacts.
   •   How it will promote equal opportunities and the use of information and communications
       technology (ICT).

At this stage, the PMG will decide if the project is ready for a recommendation to be made about
approval. GOSW will also inform the applicant at this stage of the likely outcome.

As before, if the application needs more work, officers will work with the applicant to address any
issues raised. Applicants will also be able to find out from GOSW at any time where their project is
in the process.

Final check

Once all the issues have been examined and the technical appraisal completed, the PMG will
make a recommendation and forward the application to the Working Group.

The Working Group is the body responsible for making a final recommendation on behalf of the
partnership and ensuring that projects coming forward from each of the PMGs are of a consistent
standard and effectively address the three “cross-cutting” themes.

Working Group meetings will always include a senior member of each PMG. This will ensure
projects are given a fair assessment by a body with members that can bring experience and
knowledge of every sector involved in Objective One.

The Working Group – which will normally meet within no more than four weeks of the PMG – will
make a final check on the quality and consistency of the application before making a final decision.

The offer letter

Once the Working Group has approved a project, the applicant will be informed within a week at
most and an offer letter or contract issued.

This letter is a binding legal agreement. It lays down the terms and conditions under which the

grant can be paid. It also stipulates what the project must deliver in outputs and benefits.

Project start

Projects can begin as soon as the offer letter is received. However, it is very important to
remember that – in general – Objective One funding cannot be used retrospectively for any costs
incurred before the letter was received.

Grants are normally claimed quarterly in arrears using receipts for money spent up front. ESF
grant recipients can claim a percentage in advance.

It may also be possible for organisations that do not have the finances to bankroll a project on a
quarterly basis to make claims monthly – but only where this has been agreed in advance.

Monitoring of all projects will be carried out by officers from GOSW to check they are on schedule,
meeting financial targets and delivering the outputs promised.

This monitoring will be via reports submitted by the grant recipient and by site visits by officers.

It should be noted that grants can be withheld where projects substantially underachieve and grant
recipients are obliged to notify GOSW immediately of any major changes.

Profits from projects can be produced up to a level agreed during project appraisal. Where
projects produce excess profits, the grant can be claimed back in proportion to the level of grant


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