St Just and Pendeen's unemployed given lifeline through work scheme pilot
A MEETING was held this week to discuss an upcoming pilot project combating long-term unemployment in St Just and Pendeen.
The St Just Community Employment Programme will look to help get people into jobs through "unifying the local community" with apprenticeships, work placements, training and mentoring.
The initiative is fronted by Cornwall College's Work Skills Training Academy alongside the Jobcentre, Cornwall Rural Community Council and other sponsors and groups.
Business development manager at the academy Steve Maunder said feedback from locals was "really positive" and stressed the importance of everyone "coming together".
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"I think it was unanimous that people can see the value in what was offered," he said.
"There were questions about how we can achieve this – everyone involved will have to put something into it. It's about what they can give."
Mr Maunder said one of the issues faced is transport, but by bringing the scheme to the area, people on benefits will have a better chance to gain skills and experience closer to home.
Robert Joyce, 36, from St Just, who is out of work at the moment, is looking forward to getting involved.
"It's an exciting project – and it will actually be in the community I live in," he said.
"It's really positive. I'm hoping to get into furniture restoration."
At Monday's forum a number of business owners said they were keen to play a part.
Nikki McFadden, co-owner of Cornwall Garden Services, is considering options. "We're looking into it," she said. "I think it's definitely a good idea."