Innovation in Higher Level Skills

The project aims to:

  • Identify the skills and knowledge gaps within SME and micro-businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  • Work with businesses to design training and short courses aimed at filling these gaps.

We are particularly looking for businesses interested in skills training in renewable energy and in export markets but all expressions of interest are welcomed. If we are unable to include you in this project, we may be able to signpost you to an alternative.

In the long term, this approach will lead to the increased provision of co-created higher level skills training for businesses within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. By working with businesses in this way, the market relevance of training will be enhanced and alternative delivery methods can be explored. 

There are a number of ways your business may be able to get involved in this project:

  • Work with us to identify the skills and knowledge gaps within your business and to develop training to fill these gaps.
  • Attend training courses and CPD courses, and provide feedback on their relevance to your business needs and the best method of course delivery.
  • Host a student intern for 3 – 6 weeks to resolve an identified business issue or need - some of which we anticipate will be funded placements.

If you are interested in working with us on this project, please contact:

Danielle Farrow (Project Support Officer) 01326 253124

Details of events and courses funded by the project will be posted here shortly.

The project is receiving up to £1.97 million of funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events:

3 December, 9-11am - Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Meet with experts in the renewable energy sector to discuss business challenges and design training to meet these needs. The workshop will result in training which will run free of charge to eligible businesses in 2020.

Book via Eventbrite:

3 December, 12-3pm - Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Do you use English to communicate internationally? What are the challenges you face? Come along to this workshop to help co-design training to meet your business needs. Courses will run free of charge to eligible businesses in 2020.

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Participate in knowledge exchange by hosting a student for 6 weeks in June and July 2020.

Have you got a project or challenge which could be completed by a student from Exeter University? Complete the online registration form by 31 January 2020 for your chance to benefit from the funding available.