Skill Up West Somerset

Training opportunities in West Somerset

For Business

Skill Up West Somerset’s Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser, Marie Howard can help you find the right courses for your business needs. We’ve done the hard work for you.

Marie provides information and support for your business to navigate the Apprenticeship and skills journey. You may be at the start of your journey looking for direction, or on your journey looking ensure the most efficient route. It could be just one burning question to clarify your understanding or thinking. If so get in touch.

Here are some of the current opportunities for West Somerset, there are many more courses to help support your business and upskill your staff. Please get in touch to find our more.

For individuals and the community

Jane Parker our Skill Up Information Adviser and Employment Coach for the community can provide information and support to individuals in the West Somerset.

You could be looking for information and support to enter employment, you may be looking to improve your skills to enhance your opportunities or just looking to Skill Up.

Get in touch with Jane to find out more about training opportunities for you in the local area.

FREE fully funded courses in West Somerset

Construction Skills Pre-employment Programme


If you have then it might start here! We are looking for anyone who would like to start a career in construction and engineering. No previous experience is required, and we’d love to
hear from you

Are you 16-18 and interested in getting a job in hospitality?

Please see this ‘Get that job in Hospitality’ course that is soon running face to face at The EYE in Minehead for 16-18 year olds.

This 5 week course, of 2 days a week, has an industry mentor support and practical sessions built into the delivery making this an opportunity for young people to find out if there is a role for them in this sector.

This themed employability course will support independent career researching skills to use in the future and can lead into further learning, work, Traineeship or Apprenticeships.

Please share far and wide to help young people in the West Somerset area that would really benefit from the summer programme in order to support them in to a destination or for those with a planned destination to keep them engaged in learning throughout the summer.

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 after furlough, wishing to gain more skills or looking to start a career in this sector.


To register for these courses please follow the links below:


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Returning to Work (during & after COVID-19) Training
– with SS&L (Free for West Somerset Residents)

Course overview
2020 is the year that everyone’s ‘normal’ changed! Within the space of about a month COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, changed our lives, including our working lives, almost beyond recognition. With social distancing stopping all but key workers from going to work, almost everyone has been affected in some way.

Whether you are soon to return to work, or even if you already have, this training course can offer workplaces some guidance and some simple steps that can be taken to ease you into a new normal.

This Online Course looks at 

  • return-to-work catch-ups, 
  • risk assessments,
  • team communication,
  • handling concerns/anxiety in connection to COVID-19,
  • policies, and practices to consider (ie. social distancing),
  • what to expect from managers during this time,
  • and a few practical suggestions for handling pressure, finding focus, staying productive, and adjusting to the new-normal.

It doesn’t matter how long an employee has been away from the workplace – going back isn’t always easy. 

For many people, it’s a positive and exciting time – a step towards regaining a sense of normality, but for others, it can be daunting. 

There’s no right or wrong way to feel – it’s natural to have some concerns, but it’s how the return is handled that can make all the difference, both to the employee and your organisation.


Course assessment

This course concludes with a multiple choice test with a downloadable and printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

Sign up here:

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Hospitality and Leisure Courses with SS&L

Somerset Skills and Learning are offering the cost value courses below to help you to create a career for yourself in the hospitality industry it would be really good to get started with the following training. 

Whether you work in the kitchen or front of house, everyone in a restaurant is seen as a food handler and apart from creating an amazing experience for people it is also your duty to keep people safe. To do so it is recommended by the FSA that the following courses are taken by anyone who works in the hospitality industry:

Somerset Skills and Learning courses:

Please see below links to some of our courses and workshops which may be of interest to those wanting to work within Hospitality and Leisure. 

Customer Service Practitioner Level 2

Level 2 Certificate in the principles of Customer Service

Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service

Customer Service Traineeship

Customer Service (Retail) Traineeship

Health & Safety – COSHH

Health & Safety – Food Safety Hygiene Level 1

Health & Safety – Food Safety Hygiene Level 2

Health & Safety essentials

Health & Safety – Manual Handling

Introduction to the principles of Business Admin (*Free community Learning running 2nd February)

Level 2 Certificate in the principles of Business Admin

Admin Traineeships

Business Admin Standard

Level 2 Diploma in Business Admin

Business Administration Apprenticeship

Start your journey to becoming a Teaching Assistant

Start your journey to becoming a Teaching Assistant by exploring the job role and the opportunities in this career choice.

Teaching Assistants play a vital role in supporting future generations, can you see yourself being part of that?

Why not enrol and find out!

Online – 6 April for 6 weeks

You will get:

  • Impartial information, advice & guidance on your education and career options
  • A qualification in – Level 1 Skills for Employment Award
  • Small supportive groups and a dedicated personal tutor
  • One-to-one mentoring by someone working in the education sector
  • The option to progress onto further courses and qualifications
  • A CV – and interview support
Find out more and enroll:

West Somerset

Training opportunities

Don't forget there are many more training courses available. Speak to us to find out more