Skill Up West Somerset

Skill Up
West Somerset

Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service

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Our Skill Up West Somerset team all live,  worked or grew up in West Somerset, so we feel passionately about creating opportunities and providing free impartial advice and guidance.

We are more than just a website! We have dedicated advisors here to help you with your Apprenticeship, Traineeship and skills journey. 

The Skill Up service is funded by the Department for Education.  We are working in partnership with Somerset County Council, West Somerset & Taunton Deane District Council, West Somerset Opportunity Area Project Board and the Dorset & Somerset Training Provider Network.  

The aim of our project is to bring a high quality, local and impartial service to West Somerset to help in supporting the local community and its businesses workforce Up Skill.  Not forgetting this is a FREE service.

We want to support you with the challenges that businesses in West Somerset 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.

Marie and Jane are on hand to support you on your Skills and Apprenticeship journeys.

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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.

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Latest News

Skill Up Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair 2021
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Wednesday, 2nd June 2021  (8.30am – 7.00pm) Virtual Event LOOKING FOR WORK? – Skill Up Somerset are bringing you this exciting opportunity. If you are looking for employment, whether it’s an apprenticeship, full or part time work or just a career change then this is the place to be!!   Find out more and register 

Apprenticeship and Jobs fair
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Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair – 2021 Virtual event Calling all potential exhibitors – Skill UP Somerset are bringing you this exciting opportunity. Wednesday, 2nd June 2021  (8.30am – 7.00pm) If you are looking for future employees or have vacancies you would like to fill, then this is the place to be. From the comfort of […]

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The Welcome Host Gold Customer Service will now run on 2 separate days Tuesday 4th and Friday 7th May 2021 from 10.00-12.30 via Zoom.  Attendance on both days is required to achieve the certificate. The course is fully funded on completion of the WC360 Ambassador Programme. Find out more: Training opportunities in West Somerset

Cash Incentives Extended and to double to £3,000 For Employers of Adult Apprentices
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Cash incentives extended and to double to £3,000 for employers of adult apprentices Financial incentives are set to double to £3000 for employers hiring apprentices aged 25 and over, this was previously £1500 for over 25s. This now means regardless of age every new apprenticeship hire will see a £3000 payment. This payment is on […]

FREE fully funded courses in West Somerset
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To support our local businesses to get ready after Covid restrictions are lifted, West Coast 360 and Skill Up West Somerset are pleased to offer FREE training to employers, their staff and anyone interested in working in the hospitality and leisure industry. These courses are for West Somerset residents whether you are returning to work […]

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What people say about us

“It was invaluable having someone impartial available to answer my questions about Skills and Apprenticeships and what training is available. They were able to do the research for me to find the most appropriate training provider/college. Until I spoke to the Apprenticeship and Skills Adviser, I didn’t know that I could upskill my current employees, I thought that Apprenticeships were just for young people starting a new job, I would certainly recommend getting in contact with Skill Up West Somerset to find out what funding and training is available.”

Miles Tea & Coffee Dawn Williamson

Skill Up has been an extremely effective source of support for Home-Start West Somerset, enabling 2 employees and 2 volunteers in our organisation to develop their skills and knowledge and become qualified in ante-natal provision ( which is a huge need for in the area) Marie from Skill Up was very helpful and proactive in coordinating all the Somerset maternity services to make sure that the qualifications we were seeking had full approval from those who would promote our service. A fantastic all-round professional service from Skill Up - Thank You

Home-Start West Somerset The Real Birth Training programme
Bump-Start Coordinator

Skill Up West Somerset was the only contact who didn’t give up ’the search’ when WMS was looking for a very niche training package for our staff. Despite being knocked back by several training groups, Marie managed to find a local company that fitted our needs. WMS are very grateful for Marie’s determination in sorting a solution, and we will look towards Skills Up to assist us with staff and training as we move forward as a growing business.

Woodwork Machinery Services Jeremy Danson, Managing Director of Jeremy Danson, Woodwork Machinery Services based in Bicknoller, West Somerset: