TrainingDevelop Skills

Support for business and individuals

Skill Up Somerset is an Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service

We offer free, impartial advice and guidance.

We support the businesses and the people of Somerset with their Apprenticeship and Skills journey.

We want to support you with the challenges your business may face with recruitment and skills gaps, help you to progress in your career or even make those first steps in gaining or returning to employment.

Skill Up Update:

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. 

Follow this link for more information:

https://skillupsomerset.org.uk/

Access to employment and learning fund

The Access to Employment and Learning Fund has been developed to help address barriers that prevent local residents from accessing employment and learning opportunities.

The support is open to people living in the Somerset West and Taunton District and has been provided as part of the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area funding.

The Access to Employment and Learning Fund can be used by residents of Somerset West and Taunton area to address any barriers including, but not limited to:

  • Transport - to assist with getting to an employment or learning opportunity
  • Essential work equipment and work wear - ie Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or interview outfit
  • Childcare costs (where these are not covered by existing government initiatives)
  • Costs of training or learning

The fund is very flexible. If you have any other barriers to employment or learning which are not listed, please contact us to discuss your needs.

Training and community learning providers may also apply to help deliver learning opportunities to smaller groups of learners, where low numbers make delivery unpractical.

Community Employment Hubs offer support including:

  • help with searching and applying for work
  • support with completing application forms and CVs
  • top tips on preparing for interviews
  • access to IT facilities
  • Citizens Advice

Follow our Facebook page for local jobs; training; courses and information across Somerset West and Taunton: Community Employment Hubs - West Somerset; Taunton and Wellington | Facebook

https://www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/hinkley-point-c/community-employment-hubs/

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WEST SOMERSET
BUSINESS GROUP

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

Funded training available for hospitality businesses in the Heart of the South West

Through the Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) small & medium-sized hospitality businesses in Somerset can access funded training to:

  • Upskill current employees who have taken on extra responsibilities or those ready for the next step up to boost team morale and improve staff retention
  • Prepare employees on furlough that are returning to work and need to update their skills
  • Support new recruits that may be fresh to the sector and need to be brought up to speed

There is a range of training on offer programme from short 1-day courses to longer programmes including:

  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Hospitality Services
  • Professional Cookery
  • Customer Service (Front of House)
  • Digital Promotion
  • Team Leading & Management
  • Digital Skills
  • And many more

We will work with you to identify your business’ training needs to support your business goals.

The SSW programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) so a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost to your business.

Get in touch with Kirsty Mottram, Partnership Coordinator today:

E: skillssupport@serco.com

W: Skills Support for the Workforce in Devon and Somerset (serco-ese.com) 

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

https://www.somerset-ebp.co.uk/

Welcome to Step Up Somerset. Working with our partners across Somerset, we ensure that details of the latest employment, skills development and business support is available for you here. Explore the options below to find out more about the opportunities available in Somerset. We can help you find your way.

Whether you are searching for your next job opportunity, starting a new career, working on your employability skills or growing your business, you will find information and support to help you here.

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