With thousands of youngsters in Cornwall receiving their exam results today, Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said that their achievements were a tribute to the hard work and commitment of students, schools and colleges and to the support provided by parents and carers.
“This is a very important day for all these young people and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take” he said.
Jane Black, the Council’s Head of Service for Learning and Achievement, has also welcomed the success of Cornish students. “Hopefully everyone has got the grades they need to go onto the next stage, whether that is to higher education or to the world of work” she said. However, if you have not done as well as you had hoped, then please don’t panic as there is a huge amount of support available from schools and colleges.”
“The Council is committed to raising aspirations among all our young people” she added. “We are continuing to work with all schools, settings and partners in Cornwall to ensure that students are enabled to do the very best they can, right from Early Years.”
Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.
“It is important for the future of both our young people and for the future of Cornwall that all students have access to the highest possible quality of education” said Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Corporate Director for Children, Schools and Families. “While the majority of our schools are achieving high standards, we need to ensure that all are enabling students to achieve the maximum progress possible”.
Tomorrow (15 August) the Council and Unlocking Potential are launching a new scheme to help improve career prospects for graduates.
Brighter Cornwall offers students who are starting their degrees in 2014 the chance to access professional, paid work experience opportunities to help them develop their CV. By signing up to Brighter Cornwall students will also have access to networking events aimed at helping them build their network of business contacts in Cornwall. In a competitive graduate job market, it is often these additional experiences that can give individuals the edge.
Story posted 14 August 2014
Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, Chris Pomfret, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, and Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, met with the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin today to press for Government funding for improving the A30 Cornish Expressway between Carland Cross and Chiverton.
The single carriageway section is already one of the most congested stretches of road in Cornwall, costing Cornwall’s economy around £2.9m a year, and there are concerns that the traffic queues could become even worse when the Temple to Higher Carblake dualling has been completed.
The Highways Agency have agreed to fully fund a Strategic Outline Business Case for improving the 12.51km section, which will look at the potential costs and benefits of any scheme.
This is due to be completed by the middle of September to enable the Minister to consider whether improvements to this section should be included in the Government’s Autumn budget statement.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I have heard first-hand about the impact that congestion on the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton is having on the economic development of the region. The Department for Transport will continue to work closely with the Highways Agency, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the council to look at what can be done to improve the single carriageway for road users. That work will be vital in making future investment decisions in the region.”
“I have for some years been making the case for the A30 to be dualled between Carland Cross and Chiverton and have been pleased to work with Cornwall Council to secure today’s good news” said MP Sarah Newton. “The Highways Agency study into improving the road is very welcome at no cost to Cornwall Council and represents a first step towards securing the project. “
“For decades this dualling has been talked about and I am pleased to finally see some action. This will, however, be a difficult project to deliver and I want to ensure that all landowners along the road and constituents are fully and properly consulted. “
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our recent Growth Deal with the Government has secured millions of pounds of infrastructure investment to unblock traffic pinchpoints and sites for development across Cornwall, but this stretch of the A30 remains a notorious bottleneck that businesses regularly highlight as a major issue. With the Highways Agency study underway we will leave the Secretary of State in no doubt about the importance of this scheme going ahead.”
“Traffic congestion and unreliable journey times can be a major barrier to business growth and inward investment” said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture. “Work is progressing well to dual the stretch of the A30 at Temple and we want to continue to work in partnership with the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency to maintain this momentum and bring forward further improvements for the A30.”
“We know that Cornwall is a great place to do business and I am pleased that the Highways Agency is investigating the feasibility of this much needed scheme.
“This is a positive first step but we know there is a lot more work to do. We look forward to working with the Government and the local community to take this project forward”.
Story posted 14 August 2014
Prospective university students opening their A-level results this week are being offered a brighter future with a new work placement, networking and scholarship scheme.
Brighter Cornwall – an exciting new project aimed at improving career prospects for graduates - is being officially launched by Cornwall Council and Unlocking Potential on Friday, 15 August.
Many students who leave Cornwall to study for their degrees want to come home after they graduate while others who enjoy studying here want to stay and build their careers. Brighter Cornwall aims to help them to do just that!
The scheme will offer students who are starting their degrees in 2014 the chance to access professional, paid work experience opportunities to help them develop their CV. By signing up to Brighter Cornwall students will also have access to networking events aimed at helping them build their network of business contacts in Cornwall. In a competitive graduate job market, it is often these additional experiences that can give individuals the edge.
Graduate Lauren Bayfield, who graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in Psychology in 2012, says Brighter Cornwall would certainly have helped her secure her first graduate level job when she moved back to Cornwall. ‘I think one of my biggest problems, when looking for work after I’d graduated, was feeling under qualified due to lack of experience.’
Nicky Luke, from Unlocking Potential, says the programme is mutually beneficial for business and the Cornish economy as well as students. ‘Undergraduates tend to be concerned that there are few graduate opportunities in Cornwall. The reality is that hundreds of businesses are keen to attract and retain graduate talent. They recognise the benefits that talent can bring to their profit margins.
“By bringing undergraduates and businesses together at networking events, the connections that lead to careers can be formed long before graduation. Placements will build on these links, providing undergraduates with stand-out quality experience and ensuring Cornish business can build on-going relationships with qualified individuals.’
The opportunity to offer placements to students will be open to all employers in Cornwall. There will also be a limited number of subsidised placement opportunities which will be targeted towards the priority economic development sectors on a first come, first served basis.
Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said ‘I’m really pleased that the Council is launching this first phase of the Brighter Cornwall scheme. Higher level skills are vital for the growth of Cornwall’s economy and through Brighter Cornwall we want to promote great career opportunities that young people can return to.
“We know that good employability skills and work experience are important factors in securing a job in a competitive market and Brighter Cornwall provides students with a great opportunity to get this experience before they graduate through paid placements during the holidays. I’d encourage students and our local business to take part in Brighter Cornwall and sign up through the website’
By signing up to Brighter Cornwall undergraduates can increase their chances of securing a fulfilling career in Cornwall.
Students are encouraged to sign-up before they start their degrees at: www.brightercornwall.org.uk to keep up to date with the latest opportunities.
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Story posted 13 August 2014
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed a £16m investment in Cornwall by Tulip Ltd, creating 250 new jobs.
Tulip employs more than 1,800 people at its operations in Bodmin, Bugle and Redruth and is a leading supplier to major supermarkets of quality pork, bacon and cooked meat products.
The plan will see Tulip and its owners, Danish Crown Group, make significant investments in de-boning facilities at its Bugle site, which will make it the largest de-boning facility in the country, as well as maintaining its existing capability to produce traditional cure and smoked pork products.
As well as the expansion of the Bugle facility, Tulip Ltd will be installing a new state of the art air drying and linear curing facility at its Redruth site that will see that business grow by around 40%.
The £16m investment programme is being part funded with a £4.8 million grant from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is one of the biggest inward investments we have seen in recent years, creating hundreds of jobs and safeguarding hundreds more at one of Cornwall’s biggest private sector employers. We have worked hard with our partners behind the scenes to secure this investment and are delighted that Danish Crown has chosen Cornwall to expand. It’s another example of why Cornwall is a great place to do business.”
Welcoming the news Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “Today’s announcement from Tulip Ltd is very good news for Cornwall and securing this much needed investment has been a real ‘Team Cornwall’ effort. I would particularly like to pay tribute to staff from the Council’s economic development company who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to help bring this project to a successful conclusion. When Cornwall pulls together, it is great to see what we can achieve.”
Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, helped secure the RGF investment for the project from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, including a one-to-one meeting with Business Secretary Vince Cable to underline the importance of food processing to the Cornish economy.
Mr Gilbert said: “This is a massive vote of confidence by Tulip in its Cornish operations and it wouldn’t have happened without the support the LEP, the council and central Government. Together they have helped secure growth and job creation by a major employer in one of our key industries - that’s great news for the economy and great news for Cornwall.”
Tulip said that subject to planning consent is hoped to start work on its expansion plans during the autumn of 2014 with completion of the project targeted for the first half of 2015.
Welcoming the announcement that Cornwall had been chosen as the focus of the 2015 Festival, Council Leader John Pollard, who visited this year’s event, said “This is great news for Cornwall. As the two smallest regions, we have found it very helpful to work together. We already have stands in the same area of the festival and have shared a stage between us for the last couple of years, so 2015 will see the same co-operation on a much bigger scale”.
In 2014 Cornwall was represented at Lorient by the Canoryon Lowen choir from St Neot, Cornish dance group Hevva, folk/rock band Tredanek and duo MacQuarrie and Toms. Cornwall’s contribution to the visual arts exhibition, the work of artist Sandra Boreham, was also hailed as a great success. The demand for Cornish beer, cider, pasties and cream teas continued non-stop into the early hours every day of the festival at the Cornish stand, where visitors could also find out about Cornwall and what it can offer and listen to music and dance performances.
Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said
“ Lorient is an excellent showcase and provides an annual chance for us to celebrate Cornish culture alongside other Celtic nations on an international stage. It also gives us the opportunity to promote our beautiful environment and our food and drink. I would like to thank everyone who took part this year, making it such a success”.
Cornwall’s delegation organiser is Jenefer Lowe who added ‘Cornwall first participated in the Lorient festival in 1971 and it is a tribute to all the performers, suppliers and volunteers who have supported the Cornish presence in Lorient over the years that we have been given this opportunity. “
Work will now start on ensuring a successful Lorient 2015 – Year of Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
Story posted 13 August 2014
If you are unemployed and aged between 16 and 25 years old, you can apply to join a Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and Prince’s Trust Team programme which aims to help unemployed young people develop the skills and confidence to move into employment, education, training, volunteering or apprenticeships.
The next free course, which does not affect receipt of any benefits, will start on the 26 August 2014 and will be running from Camborne’s Young People Centre. If you know someone or if you yourself are interested in being on the course then please contact Andrew House, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, on 07817538964 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 12 August.
CFRS Team Programme is a 13 week personal development course which aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills as those taking part. Participants will be part of a group of up to 14 young people for a 13 week programme.
You will get involved in team building activities and challenges, a week-long action packed residential trip, a community project and two weeks of work experience during the course. You will also get advice on how to write CVs as well as gaining nationally recognised qualifications.
The Team programme is also available for employees who would like a chance to develop new interpersonal skills to improve long-term career prospects.
Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust will help 55,000 disadvantaged young people this year, giving them the practical and financial support to help them turn their lives around.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for Homes and Communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds. This initiative in partnership with The Prince’s Trust is to be applauded. It’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence and, in some cases, turn their lives around.”
Station Manager Dave Pilling from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are delighted to be able to work with The Prince’s Trust to deliver this very worthwhile programme. Too many young people feel they don’t have any skills and talents, and feel they’ll never amount to anything. The Team programme really does help them to turn their lives around; helping them into work, education or training, furthermore taking part in Team does not affect their benefits”.
Story posted 31 July 2014
MAGA’s hashtag #speakcornish was seen more than half a million times in less than one hour of ‘Speak Cornish Week’!
To celebrate Cornwall’s unique heritage, Cornish Language Partnership MAGA promoted a week of events along with an online campaign to get people to post selfies with the tags #speakcornish and #10sFylm.
Short films of people using Cornish really took off and were widely shared online, then on Friday a busy 56 minutes saw #speakcornish viewed more than half a million times.
MAGA was preparing to celebrate the first birthday of the www.learncornishnow.com website. In its first year it was close to reaching over 40,000 visitors, a respectable amount for one year. However, as a result of Speak Cornish week an extra 10,000 visitors took the total number of visitors to more than 54,000!
MAGA are incredibly pleased with the results, and have gathered all of the films they have found on YouTube into a single playlist with over 120 films in it. More short films were on other sites such as Vimeo, or uploaded direct to facebook, and so any searches using the MAGA hashtags #10sFylm and #speakcornish will bring new and rewarding results!
Welcoming the success of the Week, Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “Speak Cornish Week has more than achieved its aims. So many people and businesses came together to make some riveting films that are proof of the widespread support people have for the Cornish language, both here and across the world. I will be looking out for more #speakcornish posts in future!”
Story posted 11 August 2014
As part of Safer Cornwall’s multi-agency campaign ‘What Will Your Drink Cost’ to tackle issues surrounding alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour, Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth are joining up on Wednesday 20 August.
The community is welcome to come along to the Old Boots Store in Fore Street Redruth to gain advice on alcohol, healthy living and/or to discuss any anti-social or crime issues in their area. The Health Promotions Service will also be offering FREE Health Checks to the 40+ age group from 14:00-16:00. Officers from Police, Health Promotions Service, Fire and Rescue Service, town councillors and Cornwall Council officers will also be available at points throughout the day both at the store and within the town centre delivering community bulletins and speaking with members of the public.
In Cornwall, alcohol is involved in over half of the domestic abuse incidents, making up nearly a third of all alcohol related abuse and nearly a third of sexual offences are alcohol related. 48% of all violent crime is recorded as linked to alcohol and half of all pedestrians killed in road accidents over the last seven years had been drinking.
This event is supported by a wider campaign targeting educational and preventive messages to young people, parents, drivers and pedestrians around specific key messages, including the illegal or inappropriate supply of alcohol to young people by their parents or other adults.
Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information and advice on the Safer Cornwall website.
A new term is a good time to start a new routine – as you make sure school uniform is ready, buy shiny new shoes, organise after school clubs, why not book yourself and your family into a healthy weight programme.
Arranged at convenient times for families with children, the 12-week programmes are designed to develop healthy eating patterns for the whole family, including exercise, and practical cooking skills. And the most important thing is that they’re free, just needing a commitment of time.
Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service has a whole team of professionals dedicated to helping you and your family lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight. Programmes are for families with children who are above a healthy weight aged 4-7 (in Penzance this time), and children aged 7-13 (Pool, Truro and Penzance). Teens are contacted on an individual basis. If there’s not one near you this time, then there will probably be one in January, as the programmes are held right across Cornwall.
Cornwall Healthy Weight also run programmes for adults, both during the day and some evenings (Redruth, Truro, Saltash, Bodmin, Helston, Par and Bude). Booking is essential for all programmes, as places fill up fast. You can book yourself on, or you may be referred by a social worker or health professional.
Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, said, ‘Being overweight or obese is a factor in many serious illnesses including type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. These family weight loss programmes have helped lots of families lose weight, improve their health outcomes and quality of life’.
Tracey Barter, Healthy Weight Lead, explains, ‘Childhood obesity is a problem across the UK, so teaching children how to eat healthily is a great way to prevent them becoming overweight adults. If you or your family were feeling a bit self-conscious about wearing bathing costumes over the summer, and could do with losing a bit of weight, then take action now.
“These courses aren’t quick weight-loss programmes, they aren’t flashy diets which you can’t possibly follow for longer than a couple of weeks. They are weight management programmes, designed to help you think differently about food. You will learn about portion sizes, nutrition and exercise, and you can keep applying what you’ve learned for the rest of your life – and your children, for the rest of their lives too’.
A mum wrote to Cornwall Healthy Weight to thank the team after she attended a 7-13 programme with her two children. She says, ‘We found the programme very rewarding, knowledgeable and fun. We all adapted to it reasonably easily and looked forward to the new challenges every week. At the end of the programme we found the results were fantastic and we were all very pleased that the children lost weight, and grew at the same time. The programme leaders were very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, also giving lots of encouragement to both the children and the adults.’
So, if you are interested in making a difference to your lifestyle and achieving a healthy weight, please contact Cornwall Healthy Weight and book your place. Spaces are taken quickly, so don’t delay.
You can contact Cornwall Health Weight on 01209 310 062, via email at email@example.com, through the Cornwall Healthy Weight facebook page, Cornwall Health Weight twitter account or via the Cornwall Healthy Weight website.
Story posted 11 August 2014
Cornwall Council has launched a You Choose online survey to enable young people to share their thoughts and views about what youth services support and activities are important to them.
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, wants as many young people as possible to take part in the survey.
“Cornwall Council, like other local authorities across England, are facing budget challenges that mean we need to do things differently, whilst still providing services that meet the changing needs of young people in Cornwall” he said. “You Choose survey allows young people to share their views that will help inform how we shape future services.“
The survey, which is open to any young person aged 11 and over, is available by clicking on You Choose
Updates and results will be posted on the 11+ Council website pages on the 11+ facebook page along with further opportunities for young people to get involved in shaping the future of young people's service in Cornwall.
Cornwall Council is supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Truro on Saturday 23 August.
Cornwall Pride celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of Cornwall in a fun and inclusive event. Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves. Representatives from the Council will join the parade, which starts at 11am from Lemon Quay, and will be in Victoria Gardens, where revellers will gather after the parade.
Information will be available about Adoption, Fostering and Adult Education. We will also be asking people to tell us what they think could be done to improve equality and equality of opportunity across Cornwall.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be there to talk about recruitment opportunities within the service as well as being on hand to give advice and guidance on community fire safety. There will also be firefighters in attendance with some of their emergency vehicles.
The Council will also be promoting the services and support on offer from its Registration Service for those who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in Cornwall. The registration service can provide information about venues licensed to host a civil ceremony and offer support for that special day.
Representatives from the Safer Cornwall Partnership, which includes Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be talking about their ongoing ‘what will you drink cost?’ campaign. The campaign delivers educational and preventive messages on the risks of drinking too much alcohol, and where to find help to cut down. Representatives from the LGBT PACT (Partners and Communities Together) will also be there to discuss specific issues and provide information on what advice and support is available. They will also be advising people on how to report hate crime incidents.
The Together for Families Service will also be available on the day which is a multi-agency programme that aims to engage and support families that experience multiple and complex challenges.
Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard, who has responsibility for equality and diversity, said “We endeavour to make Cornwall fully inclusive by setting an example in all we do. By participating in the Pride event we intend to show our intent and ability to support the whole community and the range of services we offer. Having attended Pride, it is also great fun!”
Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that it has been chosen to take part in the latest phase of a programme which encourages local authorities and the Government to work together to release land and buildings for housing and projects to create new jobs.
The unitary authority is one of 20 councils which have been selected to take part in the second phase of the One Public Estate Programme. The programme, which is headed by the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association, is designed to boost economic growth and regeneration by releasing surplus Government land and property through greater collaboration between local and central Government. It also encourages local authorities to share services and buildings with partners to help reduce running costs and to use the money from selling surplus property.
Twelve councils took part in the first phase of the programme, which is projected to save £21 million in running costs and £88 million in capital receipts. Local economies are expected to benefit to the tune of £40 million, and estimates suggest the programme could create 5,500 jobs and 7,500 homes over the next five years.
“This is very good news for the Council and for Cornwall” said Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources. “We are already committed to using our assets more efficiently, and have saved millions of pounds of council tax payers money through our office estate plan which is enabling us to make better use of our key buildings.
By redesigning New County Hall in Truro and Dolcaoth in Camborne we have been able to move 850 staff out of expensive leased offices into Council owned buildings, and release other buildings for sale. We are now looking at repeating this in Penzance, where we are refurbishing St John’s Hall and in Bodmin where we are creating a new building. Both schemes will reduce costs, address significant maintenance backlog issues in excess of £2m and enable services and partners to work more closely.
Schemes such as these will add to the work we are already doing with public sector partners, such as health and the police to share buildings and services to reduce costs which is now saving £1.8m per year.
Story posted 7 August 2014