The ESF Convergence-funded Clear About Carbon programme has won a top national award.
Three local European Social Fund projects featured in the awards, which celebrated the end of the Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming programme – which supported 32 projects across the UK that were aimed at developing new ways to increase workforce skills and employment.
Clear About Carbon (a partnership between Cornwall Development Company, The Eden Project, Duchy College and the University of Exeter) won the top award for mainstreaming with Cornwall Works 50+ and Future Clean also in the top three.
Mark Yeoman, head of ESF Convergence Communication, said: “Clear About Carbon winning this national award and a strong showing by local projects Cornwall Works 50+ and Future Clean is testament to both the effective use of ESF investment bringing innovation to tackling real issues, and to the partner organisations that are taking the ideas and lessons and using them to great effect.
“Mainstream investment is being used to ensure that the benefits of the proven good practice are embedded more widely. Many congratulations to all concerned.”
Clear About Carbon aimed to increase carbon literacy in the workplace, while Cornwall Works 50+ has used ESF Convergence to support people aged over 50 and out of work via a variety of projects.
Future Clean, run by Pluss, supports several disadvantaged groups of people, including military veterans and NEETS (young people not involved in education, employment or training) via an environmentally friendly car wash social enterprise. It began in Devon and has just expanded into Cornwall.