Vital Venues is helping community building management committees maintain their halls by working in partnership with a new scheme from Cornwall College.

Members of Vital Venues can access free labour to help with repairs and maintenance.  Projects include painting and decorating, window refurbishment, kitchen installations and much more.


Part of this project is to provide training for students in relevant qulaifications with the aim of preparing them for the construction industry.

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Cornwall College press release:

A new scheme to help unemployed people in Cornwall gain the skills they need to get into work has been deemed a success after all of the first group of attendees were offered jobs.

The Construction Skills in the Community programme, run jointly by Cornwall College Work Skills Academy, Jobcentre Plus and Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC), offers those with an interest in the construction industry the chance to attend a 10-day course which will result in accreditation from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme with their Construction Site Operative Green Card after passing a test.

Sue Bradshaw, of Penryn Jobcentre Plus, said: “Sector-based work academies give young people the skills and experience they need to take up jobs in the local area. This scheme has been particularly successful and we’re looking forward to continuing this good work with Cornwall College to help even more people into jobs.”

The course is part classroom based and part practical, with attendees taught about terminology, Health and Safety procedures and what is expected of them on construction sites.  They then have the chance to put the theory into practice through CRCC’s Vital Venues project, which will see them assigned to a community building where they could help to do repairs, painting & decorating, maintenance or kitchen installations.

Jon Teague, Community Buildings Officer for CRCC, said: “This is a win-win initiative for all individuals and communities involved and I am delighted that Vital Venues can play an active role in its delivery.  While students are learning new skills, gaining qualifications and improving their job prospects, Vital Venues is enabling communities to get assistance to improve their community buildings without the often prohibitive costs of labour.” 

The first cohort of nine, who signed up to the scheme through the Jobcentre at Penryn, completed their study at Tremayne Hall, Mylor.  Eight have now been offered jobs within the construction industry, through Concorde Recruitment’s Construction Division, and one as an electrician’s apprentice.

Amanda McDevitt, from Cornwall College’s Work Skills Academy, said: “The success of this course means that we will now be offering it across the county in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and CRCC quite frequently, so lots of people will have the chance to take part.  We are so pleased that the students in the first group have all been offered jobs as that is the main aim of the scheme.  It is testament to the efforts of all of those involved but most importantly it goes to show how much hard work the students put in.”

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