Fifteen Cornwall funders delighted with success
Fifteen Cornwall has seen phenomenal success in its first
year. The organisations that could see the project's
potential to make a positive contribution to the local economy,
and the lives of the young people involved, have provided
the vital support needed to get the project off the ground.
One year on Fifteen Cornwall's much valued funders are
delighted to see the results of the project's success.
Objective One, www.objectiveone.com
A total of £545,430 from the Objective One European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been invested in the
capital build of the Fifteen Cornwall restaurant. Objective
One European Social Fund (ESF) investment is also being used
to support the training side of Fifteen Cornwall. This is
in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and the LSC (Learning and
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership:
"My warmest congratulations to all of you who have
put in the hard work to graduate from Fifteen Cornwall. You
are the first of what will be a long line of successful Fifteen
Cornwall trainees and are setting a successful example for
others to follow.
"The aim of Objective One has been to help transform
this region's economy by increasing the opportunities
for better paid jobs and introducing more people to work.
Fifteen Cornwall is achieving this using the combination of
the world-renowned Fifteen concept, the best of Cornish local
produce and young ambition."
The South West of England Regional Development Agency,
The South West RDA invested £532,400 in the
development of Fifteen Cornwall in recognition of its contribution
to tackling social exclusion in Cornwall and the boost to
the food and drink and tourism sectors in South West England.
This investment helped to pay for the conversion of the top
floor of the Extreme Academy, including a number of green
measures such as a heat recovery system, rainwater recycling
and low energy lighting.
Stephen Bohane, Head of Operations Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly for the South West Regional Development Agency,
and trustee of the Cornwall Foundation of Promise: "This
is a momentous day in the development of Fifteen Cornwall
as a major social enterprise and more importantly in the personal
development of the apprentices graduating today. In supporting
the project from its inception, the South West RDA recognised
the valuable contribution Fifteen Cornwall would make in developing
our young people and setting new standards in the food and
drink and tourism sectors. Today's graduation shows
that our confidence was well-placed and we congratulate all
Cornwall College, Camborne, www.cornwall.ac.uk
Cornwall College has provided the students with all the vocational
training they need to become qualified chefs while also having
been instrumental in making bids for public money.
Debbie Wilshire, Deputy CEO of Cornwall College and trustee
of the Cornwall Foundation of Promise: "This is
a wonderful celebration of achievement and proof that working
in partnership reaps great rewards. These students have had
first class training both from Cornwall College and Fifteen
Cornwall, and they have excelled. Each individual is simply
amazing. Yes, they have all had lots of support and help -
in the end though it is down to each one to change their lives
and they've done it. They should be extremely proud
Devon and Cornwall Learning and Skills Council, www.lscdevonandcornwall.co.uk
The Devon and Cornwall Learning and Skills Council has given
Fifteen Cornwall tremendous support and has provided invaluable
funding through both their Local Initiative Fund and co-financing.
Malcolm Gillespie, Learning and Skills Council (LSC) South
West Regional Director: "Fifteen Cornwall is an
inspirational example of great vocational learning and the
LSC is proud to be one of its partners.
"These young people have had to face a diverse
and complex range of challenges and we are delighted that
we have been able to play a part in helping them reach their
Jobcentre Plus, Truro, www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
Jobcentre Plus was instrumental in recruiting the students,
and also contributed very significant funding through both
Cornwall Action Team for Jobs and European Social Fund co-financing.
They have moved heaven and earth to make sure Fifteen Cornwall
Carolyn Webster, European Programmes and Funding Manager,
Jobcentre Plus: "We are extremely proud to have
been able to support Fifteen Cornwall and the Cornwall Foundation
of Promise over the last two years. The Fifteen programme
offers a unique combination of first class training, work
experience and personal development in an inspirational setting,
and is clearly focused on the needs of the young people it
supports. This is a real and lasting achievement and is down
to the pioneers of the programme in Cornwall - today's
graduates. Well done to them and to everyone involved in making
Fifteen Cornwall a real success story."
Cornwall County Council, www.cornwall.gov.uk
Cornwall County Council invested £15,000 in Fifteen
Cornwall and has been a tireless supporter of the project.
Terry Lello, the Lead Member for Children, Young People and
Families: "Cornwall County Council has fully supported
the Fifteen project from the very first day and we are delighted
with how well it is working. Fifteen gives disadvantaged young
people from the county's most deprived areas the chance
to gain vocational qualifications and intensive work experience
in a high quality establishment and I am sure these young
people will now go on to future success."
Andrew Mitchell, the County Council's Executive Member
for Economy: "This exciting project is providing
a wonderful opportunity for young people in Cornwall and is
proving to be a major benefit to the county's food and
Restormel Borough Council, www.restormel.gov.uk
Restormel Borough Council initiated the entire project, made
a financial contribution of £15,000 and managed the
capital bid process.
Councillor Annette Egerton, Cabinet Member for Planning and
Regeneration at Restormel Borough Council: "We are
delighted to have been a part of this project which has been
a very positive development for Restormel. We hope that the
excellent work carried out by the students graduating now
will be recognised and that they will be able to get jobs
locally, which will be good for our hospitality businesses."
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Fifteen Cornwall through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and through the
Jobcentre Plus co-financing programme with the European Social
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