Digital Peninsula Network (DPN) and Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) are working in partnership to deliver Digital Boost Cornwall, a new project funded through the European Structural and Investment Fund.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been felt far and wide and has led to a greater need for job seekers to utilise digital skills to seek employment and support.
Digital Boost Cornwall is supporting people across west Cornwall to develop valuable skills in digital work practices (including remote working tools, using social media for employment and business) to improve their chances of gaining sustainable employment.
CN4C is running a number of online events to support those looking for work, offering support with job seeking, interview techniques, and other soft skills. More online and in-person events are being planned for communities in Penwith and will be announced soon.
Tarn Lamb, CEO of CN4C, said: “We are delighted to be involved in an initiative that helps those facing the greatest challenges to entering the job market brush up on their digital skills and addresses the very real issue of digital exclusion in our most deprived communities. I’d urge anyone looking to get back into the job market to engage with this programme.”
As local businesses continue to re-open following the third lockdown, one substantial barrier to growth is the risk in taking on new employees given the uncertainty around the timetable for easing restrictions. Digital Boost Cornwall supports businesses with a thirteen-week 50% wage subsidy to support businesses taking on new staff along with digital skills training sessions.
DPN managing director, Janus Howard, said: “The knock-on effect of the pandemic has put more strain on job seekers and businesses in the local community. Remote working practices, and the reduction of in-person activities has highlighted the need for a strong grasp on digital skills. Digital Boost will support those who’ll benefit most from digital skills.”
To register for Digital Boost Cornwall, individuals should contact Clare Brown, Digital Boost Co-ordinator CN4C ClareBrown@cn4c.org.uk or phone 07971 574199. Businesses should contact Kyrstie Mann firstname.lastname@example.org.