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
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:

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.

Previous Events:

3 December 2019, 9-11am - Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Individuals had the opputunity to meet with experts in the renewable energy sector to discuss business challenges and design training to meet these needs. The workshop saw input from Cornwall Council and several businesses working directly in the renewable energy sector. Discussion centred on current training needs and skills gaps in the renewable energy market. Broadly, the group agreed that:

  • There is a need for training courses to be made available online
  • There is scope for the development for a degree apprenticeship in renewable energy
  • Potential topics for training included; PV solar energy, heating systems and systems integration

We are now researching the options for providing training, both in the short and long term, to meet the needs identified. If you were unable to attend the workshop, but would like to get involved in the discussion, please contact Danielle Farrow:

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

We had representation from businesses trading goods and services and others whose business involves regular communication with representatives across the globe. The workshop was run by Dr Bill Russell from the University of Exeter Business School and Dr Sonia Cunico from the Department of Modern Languages. Dr Russell and Dr Cunico will be running a two day course in May and discussion focussed on the development of course content. 

If you were unable to attend the workshop, but would like to get involved in the discussion, please contact Danielle Farrow: Details of the course and how to apply will be provided shortly.




To register or find out more about any of the above courses and for further information please contact:

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