Searching for Brighter Cornwall


Mining Searches UK has become the first company to offer paid placements to Cornish undergraduates as part of the Brighter Cornwall programme.

Brighter Cornwall is being delivered by Unlocking Potential and funded by Cornwall Council.

The company, which identifies indicated risks associated with mining, is looking for two first-year undergraduate students to work on a short-term placement as GIS archivists.

Mining Searches MD, Paul Raglan, said: “We have a vast archive of historical data which we are fitting to modern day Ordnance Survey data.

Brighter Cornwall provides us with the chance to get talented people working with our team at an early stage as well as providing a first class experience for students in the working environment.”

Unlocking Potential says undergraduates have been showing “huge interest” in securing their future in Cornwall. Hundreds of students have signed up from universities including Plymouth, Falmouth and Exeter, Cambridge and Bristol, among others.

Nicky Luke, head of finding talent at Unlocking Potential, said: “An undergraduate placement might be the opportunity a business has been looking for to complete a project or access a specific skillset or an extra pair of hands for a short period of time.

“With our current graduate programme we find that companies are benefitting immediately from the boost a placement can bring, for instance with their marketing or within their operations.”

Subsidised placements are available for some employers and will be targeted towards the priority economic development sectors in Cornwall.

Businesses who are interested in the programme can find out more by emailing