Business Support

Skill Up West Somerset is an Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service to support the businesses and people of West Somerset with their Apprenticeship and Skills journey, offering free, impartial advice and guidance.

The West Somerset Social Mobility Plan 2017-2020, developed in support of the Department for Education-funded West Somerset Opportunity Area Programme, identifies that the provision of specialist independent and impartial Apprenticeships and Skills information and support locally could help more individuals and businesses in the area to realise their potential.


It is with great pleasure that Skill Up West Somerset has been able to bring the West Somerset Business Group under its wing to enable this group to continue and grow.

The aim of the West Somerset Business Group has always been to provide easy access to information, support, and free training, facilitate networking between businesses, creating links and contacts so we can work together better and this is something that we want to continue to build on.

If you would like to receive the West Somerset Business Group newsletter please subscribe  and also like our Facebook Page to keep up to date with future networking and information relevant to the businesses of West Somerset.

See below: Latest newsletter from Minehead Bid

Somerset Education Business Partnership connects employers with education providers so that young people are aware of local career opportunities and develop the skills needed to thrive at work.

We help:

  • Employers to build their talent pipelines
  • Education providers to build relationships with local employers
  • Learners to understand post-16 options and the work place

The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a new Government initiative to create new 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements will support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.  The scheme is available for employers to apply until December 2021.

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