About Us

Providing Opportunities for West Somerset

West Coast 360 is a partnership of local businesses, employers, training providers, statutory agencies, community organisations and the local community college. The Partnership has come together to provide skills and development opportunities for the hospitality and leisure industry, with the aim of raising skills levels and prospects for individuals.

We are passionate about the industry and understand the economic benefits it brings to West Somerset and the importance of ensuring its future sustainability. We also have a real understanding of what is required for businesses and people to find success in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors.

The current industry provides a opportunities in a range of areas as well as rapid progression and clear routes to management.

West Coast 360 plans to make the most of these opportunities through delivering a variety of activities.

Recent economic studies focusing on the Minehead area have highlighted that in West Somerset about a third of the local workforce is employed in hospitality and tourism related jobs. 

An associated study highlighted the need to support the local industry to ensure the area can provide the skilled staff needed. It also highlighted the opportunity to develop the local area as a Centre of Excellence for associated training, building on the strengths of the businesses and organisations that already exist.

As a result, a partnership group of businesses, training providers and the local District Council have developed ‘West Coast 360’ and as part of this an offer to local schools, jobseekers (i.e. the future workforce), employees (the current workforce) and businesses (Business Support).

The partners strongly believe that by developing a highly skilled, productive and efficient workforce we are more likely to see visitors returning to the area and/or recommending West Somerset to others.

Follow our facebook page for information; training and course offers and local opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/westcoast360

Support for businesses and individuals

We will nurture and grow the skills of our workforce

Courses

Funded courses to help you upskill or enter this sector

Inspiring our future workforce

A great place to start your career

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