Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise

DMT's Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise project is about involving people in our social enterprise activities, working with people who are at a disadvantage, taking part in projects to benefit/improve the environment, community facilities or services, and/or working with voluntary and community sector, environmental and social enterprise partners, as a vehicle to improve their own skills and get sustainable employment. 

In simple terms, through this project all the training, work experience, personal development and support services we offer (e.g. through New Deal, or other funded programmes) will be made available on a more flexible basis to a much wider client group than is eligible for mainstream New Deal. For example, Work Experience with Environmental/Voluntary Organisations and Employers for people unemployed for less than 18 months, or environmental placements for young people in the early stages of unemployment.

We can also integrate project provision with our many mainstream programmes - such as Train to Gain, Apprenticeships or New Deal - to provide seamless progression routes into work and skills development, with additional and sustained support and familiar people and environments.

In addition, within the overall project we will be developing some new targeted services. The first two are: the Career Change assessor training programme; and a staff recruitment and development service for social enterprises, developing strategies to increase take up of DMT's Risk Free Recruitment Service in that sector, using this project - and mainstream programmes for additional/follow on support - to improve recruitment and ‘train for jobs’ support for social enterprises, linking workless people seeking employment with social enterprises looking to grow their staff, and providing the pre- and post-employment development and support needed to overcome barriers to work and achieve sustainable employment.


To be eligible for the Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise project applicants must be jobless people living in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, who are: minimum age 16 (no upper age limit); legally resident in the UK; legally able to take paid employment in a European Union member state; and we particularly welcome applications from:

• People with disabilities and health conditions, in particular incapacity benefit customers;
• Lone parents and other disadvantaged parents and carers;
• People with multiple/complex barriers to employment - e.g., long term unemployed, offenders, people who are from ethnic minority groups, homeless or have drug/alcohol problems;
• People aged 50 plus.

People in part time work could still be eligible - JSA customers could be eligible if working less than 16 hours per week; customers on inactive/other benefits could be eligible if working less than 8 hours per week.

Project provision is part time (i.e. can be up to but will not exceed 30 hours per week) but customers in receipt of benefits will have to liaise with Jobcentre Plus to confirm any impact ESF provision may have on their benefit entitlement and national insurance contributions - we can tailor attendance to conform with available hours as per their benefit conditions. Customers in receipt of a DWP benefit, must report their intention to start provision by phone to the department(s) who normally administer their benefit(s), before starting provision and any additional payments made during the project - including fares, in work support grants, meals, allowances, childcare, etc. – will need to be declared.