Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and European Social Fund (EF) funder logosWe have various supported employment services in Cornwall which help disabled people in the area find work.

Cornwall Supported Employment specialises in offering support to people with learning disabilities and difficulties, including Asperger's and autism, to find and keep a job, and to develop their skills and confidence through work-related activities including volunteering and work experience as well as paid employment.

We also support employers on an ongoing basis to give any placement the best possible chance of working and to support employers to diversify their workforce in Cornwall. One of the ways in which we do this is by providing effective support and training that encourages employers to offer work-related opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities, Asperger's & autism (LDD).

Download our Cornwall Supported Employment brochure

How we supported Grace to find work at Subway

Grace is a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome who had been trying to gain paid employment for many years. Signing on at the Job Centre was really getting her down. She was applying for jobs but due to her lack of confidence, she found that formal interviews were a massive barrier to her getting the job.

After matching Grace’s skills with a role at Subway, a four week work placement was arranged for her at a new store in Threemilestone, Truro. Grace had a fantastic experience - the staff were extremely friendly and she was made to feel welcome and a valued member of the team. She fitted in so well that on her first shift they had her work on the salad bar - she was really excited to be given this opportunity.

After the 4 weeks' work experience, Grace’s Job Coach spoke to the Manager at the store and he was so happy with how Grace got on, he was more than happy to offer her a contract.

Our programmes

Specialist Employability Support (SES)

SES is a programme funded by the Department for Work and Pensions which supports people with a disability to prepare for, find and stay in work. 

SES became match funded on 1st May 2016. ESF funding for SES applied to referrals from this date up to and including 31st August 2017.  Referrals 1st September 2017 onwards are not ESF match funded.

Download the SES leaflet

Who Dares Works (WDW) 

WDW is a partnership of 17 Cornwall based social enterprises delivering a ‘Working Together’ project in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Led and managed by Active Plus, Who Dares Works is supported with £3.3 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and will help 850 people who face the biggest barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training and work.  17 organisations working as one team to help people to help themselves.

Download the WDW leaflet

Working Together Project

This project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).

The project aims to support 750 economically inactive and unemployed adults from the Atlantic & Moor area of Cornwall into education, training, job search or employment. It will work in partnership with 10 end to end delivery partners and 42 specialist spot purchase partners that have been selected to offer specialist services to address the multiple and complex participant needs.

Supported Internships

A joint learning and support programme to help find paid employment, suitable for people aged 16 to 24 year olds with a learning disability assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan. 

Download the Supported Internships leaflet


Ambitions is a £3.8 million project funded by the European Social Fund with matched funding from EAN (council) and Transitions. It is a partnership project managed by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is led by CSW Group Limited and delivered by CSW, The Learning Partnership for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (LPCo), Cornwall College, EBP (Cornwall Council), RIO and Truro & Penwith College.

The objectives of the Ambitions project are to support over 3,000 young people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) aged 15 – 24 who are economically inactive or NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). The project will support 4% of participants to achieve Basic Skills qualifications and 55% to enter into education, employment or training opportunities; with 31% of these being in employment for 6 months or more.

Download a referral form

Flexible Support Fund (FSF)

The purpose of this Department for Work and Pensions grant is to support the creation of partnerships which will help improve employment outcomes or prospects of future employment outcomes for long-term unemployed individuals. We will support groups facing the most complex and intractable barriers to work and help individuals access and integrate into the labour market. Referrals to the project are via the Job Centre only.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Tracey Chater
Tel: 01872 250 150
Mob: 07772 585 012 

Email: [email protected]

 Write to: Cornwall Supported Employment
United Response
Ella Court
Threemilestone Industrial Estate
Truro TR4 9NH

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