Today (Friday May 9th) is Europe Day. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this is being marked by the inaugural Cornwall Works WISE (Welfare to Work, Innovation, Skills and Employment) awards.
The event, which is planned to be annual, has been organised and hosted by Jobcentre Plus, the Learning and Skills Council and the Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is intended to celebrate excellence in employment and skills activity in Cornwall. Much of which has been and will continue to be supported by European Social Fund investment (Objective One and Convergence Programmes).
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Europe Day is a perfect chance to highlight the work going on in this region to build a strong sustainable economy. ESF is key to this as projects engage people, encourage them into work and also offer graduates and businesses the chance to harness their knowledge to expand and become globally competitive.”
Nationally the day is to be marked by James Plaskitt, DWP Minister for the European Social Fund, and Ben Bradshaw, Regional Minister for the South West, who welcomed the roll out of new ESF projects which will help thousands of people to get qualified and enter jobs.
The projects are starting during spring and summer 2008. They are the first to be supported by the 2007-2013 ESF Convergence Programme which will see £134 million of ESF investment in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.