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3:29pm 11th March 2013
(Updated 3:29pm 11th March 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt a Cornish dad lost his home and his family because of his struggle to find a job.

Latest figures show at least four people are applying for every vacancy in the Duchy.

Dominic Gissays from Camborne has been out of work since December: "I've been actively looking. I've been applying, on average about, eight or nine jobs minimum a week. Maybe out of those eight I only get two or three responses at the most. I don't even get responses back.

"It's had an impact on my family, these cuts. I don't drink, I don't take drugs, I work hard, I'm keen and because of these cuts, well, the worst is yet to come. They haven't even kicked in yet."

Unison is demanding government action in the budget.

South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: "The scale of the ongoing jobs crisis is deeply worrying. Three long years of cuts - with more to come - and there are not enough jobs to go around. The government has got it wrong on the recession and it has sacrificed our recovery. As well as laying waste to our public services, cuts have a stranglehold on the private sector.

"The government does have a choice: Use the budget to outline a bold strategy for jobs and growth. Make people feel secure in their jobs and they are more likely to spend. Give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through tills in local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets.

"The most damaging thing the government could do is to plough on regardless with its reckless anti-growth, no hope, cuts strategy."

It is hoped that plans to create 650 new apprenticeships in Cornwall could help tackle our jobs crisis.

Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency has been awarded £630,000 to provide the training posts over the next two years.

Lewis Cook is an apprentice at Penryn-based marine engineering firm Powerfal. He said: "I would say it's like learning on the job if you know what I mean. Hands on, so you can kind of take the knowledge in. They explain it to you very well and they make sure that they've got the point across so you understand it, which is what you need really, to help you out with your knowledge.

"It definitely helps bring you in to work, so it's not such a big drop into the deep end. You're learning what it's going to be like in the workplace. When your pay comes in at the end of the week, it's bringing you into real life, separating your money into stuff like rent. Yeah, learning how to manage it."

3:29pm 11th March 2013

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