Opportunity thrives in Cornwall
The rising tide of opportunities for graduates in Cornwall
and the positive effect they have on the local economy is
becoming increasingly widely recognised and encouraged. Perhaps
one of the best examples of how this is happening is Combined
Universities in Cornwall's graduate placement scheme,
Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), which is backed by Objective
One and managed by Cornwall College.
Its success is best judged by those who have first hand experience
- the participants. One such case is Chris Rowe, from Wadebridge,
who has been able to begin a very promising professional career
in his home county thanks to the UCP scheme.
After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a 2.1
degree in Business and Finance, Chris initially joined the
multi award winning Worldwide Financial Planning Ltd, at their
head office in Truro, gaining experience in a support role.
Worldwide has a team of Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs)
who have achieved an array of accolades for excellence in
their specialist fields, advising on savings, investments
and mortgages for private clients and businesses.
By contacting the UCP team, a 12 month placement was then
arranged at Worldwide enabling Chris to play a greater role
in the business, taking on more involved projects and also
training to become an IFA alongside their highly respected
Chris supported Operations Director, Neil Chamberlain in
achieving direct regulation for the company through the Financial
Services Authority, the UK's financial regulatory body,
and also coordinated the computerisation of the commission
system whilst training.
UCP mentor, Jeff Gill, provided Chris with advice on time
management, organisational skills and marketing which strengthened
his abilities further.
As Chris explains: "Because of UCP, I was able
to give extra value to the company, and it also enabled me
to train and qualify with outstanding colleagues. I am really
grateful to them for making it possible and to Worldwide for
their support." Operations Director, Neil Chamberlain,
oversaw much of the training, which Chris says has given him
huge potential: "Now I can be one of the people
who can change the face of the finance industry, give good
advice and raise professionalism as Worldwide have, and I
can stay here in Cornwall to do it!"
As Chris has passed his regulatory exams and finished his
UCP project, he will now continue as an IFA at Worldwide and
aim to achieve Chartered status. He comments: "Some
people think you can't achieve much in Cornwall but
by becoming involved with UCP you find out that there are
outstanding opportunities and, if you work hard, you can still
earn the same money as elsewhere. There is a really vibrant
business community here and many inspired young professionals,
plus we have a more balanced way of life and surroundings
that you can't put a price on."
Worldwide has two other UCP placements in post encouraged
by Managing Director, Peter McGahan, who says: "UCP
allows us to take on fresh local talent, nurture their strengths
and train them with the professionalism that make Worldwide
so exceptional. Chris has flourished in his role and now has
a great future to look forward to. It works for everyone."
For further information contact Emma Stallard, Combined Universities
in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer on 01326 370446
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF) and in Unlocking Cornish Potential through
the European Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College is a partner
of the CUC.
The Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) project is part of
the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and
is managed by Cornwall College. UCP builds on 5 years of highly
successful, ESF funded activity by the University of Plymouth.
The UCP project seeks to measurably improve the efficiency,
competitiveness and growth potential of SMEs in Cornwall through
the placement of graduates in companies to undertake business
development projects. These projects can last from 6 to 12
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
economic renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities
of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open
University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the
Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education
colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.
It aims not only to provide the students of the future with
more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the
economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One
Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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