The Cornwall College Group has received grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme 2007-2013.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding.

ERDF Projects at Cornwall College 2012-2015 (Completed)

CPR Skills Infrastructure

£2m of ERDF funding has been used to remodel and refurbish 3,140m2 of training space to the highest environmental standards. The new facilities, ready November 2013, will be used to deliver high quality skills training and work based learning.

East Hill Junction – Capacity Protection

ERDF funding has been used to develop through access from the East Hill Junction in Pool to the College car parks and Pool Innovation Centre.

Launceston Business Space, Dunheved House

In partnership with the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) and Cornwall Council, a learning centre has been established at Denheved House. The centre enables flexible delivery of learning and provides high quality business conferencing facilities.

Enterprise Programme

Cornwall College activity in the Plymouth University led project delivered 4 Enterprise Heroes Event Activities per year with 200 delegates per event, the provision of 90 Enterprise workshops across the life of the Project, the delivery of 248 in-depth Diagnostic over the life of the Project and a Social Enterprise Programme.

South West Innovation Accelerator Project (SWIAP)

The SWIAP project enabled local businesses to access the specialist knowledge and expertise held within the further education colleges and includes funded support and consultancy. Accessing this specialist support helped businesses to innovate and develop new / improved processes & products which will enhance business performance and generate economic growth.

Graduates for Growth

The Graduates for Growth programme provided SMEs in the South West Competitiveness area greater access to graduate skills and knowledge, supplemented by expert academic supervisory input, helping to stimulate the level of innovation within the participating businesses.  The project supported 93 SMEs across the SW Competitiveness Region and a total of 84 graduate placements.  81 new jobs were created and 4 jobs were safeguarded.

Falmouth Marine School

This project remodeled, redeveloped and re-invigorated Falmouth Marine School to provide specialist facilities for delivery of technical marine skills for the local marine industry. This included new workshops and laboratories, plus flexible space for delivery of transferable employability, basic skills, business and management skills.

Engine Room

The Engine Room sought to maximise the connectivity and knowledge transfer between social enterprises and SMEs, and in doing so, create jobs and growth, helping Cornwall lead the way in realising the value of social innovation.  Run ‘by social enterprise for social enterprise and innovation’, the project assisted 93 enterprises to thrive through bespoke support delivered via Enterprise Hubs and in support of Cornwall as the UK’s first ‘Social Enterprise and Innovation Zone’.