Innovation in Higher Level Skills

The ESF Innovation in Higher Level Skills project is a collaborative project led by Truro and Penwith College, in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, the University of Exeter, Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth and has secured £1.97 million from the European Social Fund.

The project aims to engage with SMEs and micro businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to identify skills gaps and the demands for new CPD and degree-level apprenticeship provision, provide an opportunity for the co-design and piloting of new provisions to address skills gaps, offer 1:1 support and deliver a virtual internship programme to support and resolve business issues.

Virtual Internship Programme

The project is placing students in eligible businesses for a six-week internship conducted entirely online due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available to students.

The programme seeks to provide students with new skills, career confidence and experience, while businesses will benefit from having higher-level skilled students who can resolve identified business issues or needs.

Businesses or students who wish to register their interest in the virtual internship programme should complete the appropriate registration form:

Our team

The project is receiving up to £1.97 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014–2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London, the Greater London Authority intermediate body) is the managing authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas to stimulate their economic development by investing in projects that will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.