Ambitions in the News!

19th February 2020

We are so proud that great work of the Ambitions partnership has made it into today's newspapers. Ambitions is featured in the Cornish Guardian, The Cornishman and West Briton, showcasing the success and dedication of our team and the young people we work with. You can read our press release below.


Young people achieve their Ambitions

Whether overcoming low self-esteem, instilling confidence and self-belief or finding the right work experience placement Ambitions is making a real difference to young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Managed by CSW Group, the programme helps unemployed young people access education, employment or training opportunities.  Support is delivered through the Ambitions Partnership which includes Cornwall College, Cornwall Council, RIO, the Learning Partnership and Truro and Penwith College. 

Launched in July 2018, Ambitions is funded by the European Social Fund as part of the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, which aims to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

When Sam came to Ambitions, he was struggling with low self-esteem and found social situations difficult. Diagnosed with ADHD, mental health issues and dyslexia, the programme aimed to support his transition into college.

Sam had a strong passion for catering and really wanted to pursue this as a career.  When he first applied to study Level 2 Catering he was unable to get onto the course, but thanks to constructive feedback and support from his Ambitions worker he succeeded at his second interview and soon enrolled on the Foundation Vocational Studies Programme Level 1.

With additional support from Ambitions, Sam secured a transport permit and a college bursary. His Ambitions worker also made multiple applications to local charities and secured a laptop to aid his studies.  Persistence paid off for Sam and he is now doing well at college.

Another young person who has significantly improved his mental wellbeing and living situation after engaging with Ambitions and Cornwall College is Joe*. With little family support and low self-esteem, Joe felt he was unemployable, with nothing to offer.  He was also under added pressure to find a job and contribute to the household finances. Although his parents hadn’t directly challenged him, he felt he was close to being evicted if he was unable to pay rent.

Joe’s Ambitions adviser helped him write a CV and really consider what his skills are. This gave him a boost as he began to recognise that he could benefit an employer. As transport was posing an issue, they identified local employers for him to approach.  Joe’s adviser had to take some leave, but undeterred and inspired, Joe carried on and by the time his advisor returned he had secured a new job. Having people believe in him made all the difference and he now has an income, stability at home and a career plan.

Reflecting on the project, Gemma Pople, Ambitions Contract Manager at CSW Group, said, “Ambitions has supported over 1350 people since July 2018 and we are delighted that it is helping so many young people make the most of their talents and find routes into education, employment and training. 

 “Ambitions will continue to run until July and we look forward to working with our partners to support more young people during that time.”

If you are interested Ambitions and would like to find out more there is information at www.ambitionscornwall.co.uk or you can email the team on contactambitions@cswgroup.co.uk.

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