Cormac offers 'Skills for Work'

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CORMAC have been working with Pluss on a brand new initiative designed to help jobseekers with a disability prepare for and find work.

The ‘Skills for Work’ programme is run by local Social Enterprise , Pluss, and offers individuals with a range of barriers to finding work the opportunity to gain skills from different areas of the CORMAC Company. Pluss have helped over 200 people with disabilities and health conditions into work across Cornwall.

Following a successful pilot early in 2014, CORMAC and Pluss teamed up again to run another successful programme. As a result Sam Cox secured a role within the structures design team at CORMAC. Robin Fisher, Director of Resources and Director Sponsor of the project at CORMAC, said "It is great that we are able to offer a longer term opportunity to Sam following successful completion of the pilot. This shows that some of the barriers in the workplace can be overcome. The programme is designed to help individuals back into work and give them current up to date skills and experience, as well as the other benefits to being back in a work place setting brings."

Sam Cox said "I have enjoyed having this opportunity to gain employment with CORMAC  in their structures design office undertaking computer aided design (CAD) work. The office has a friendly environment and I have worked on some interesting and varied schemes such as producing drawings for the refurbishment of Pengegon Footbridge near Camborne and works to construct a new spillway on the Bude Canal. This has given me the opportunity to learn new CAD skills which I can use in the future and I now have a better understanding of bridges and walls and other structures."

The programme offers selected individuals, an eight week placement to develop new skills, to increase their confidence and gain an accredited qualification along with an up-to-date work reference and interview experience. The diverse placements available across CORMAC gifts individuals on the programme a unique opportunity to learn more about the Company. Five individuals have successfully completed the programme, with placements at CORMAC’s A391 site work including construction and building work, highways maintenance work, gardening, pruning and planting at Wheel Eliza, administrative positions helping with computer systems and insurance claims at office based placements and materials testing at the labs at Scorrier.