About us

About Skill Up Somerset

We are an Apprenticeship and Skills service to support the businesses and residents of Somerset – offering free, impartial advice and guidance.

Marie Howard, is the Skill Up Apprenticeships and Skills Adviser, providing information and support for your business to help you understand the Apprenticeship and skills landscape, and introduce you to local training provision.

If you would like to learn more about the government funding available for Apprentices or have other skills requirements, please contact Marie.


Meet us

Marie Howard - somerset

Marie was born in Somerset and has lived in West Somerset with her Husband and two young children since 2009.

Marie has a degree in Counselling and is passionate about skills and training and has worked in the field in a number of roles supporting both learners, particularly apprentices and employers of all sizes and across all sectors.

Marie’s career started with a small (now large) training Provider and has involved spells with government bodies such as the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and National Apprenticeship Service and more latterly with the National Careers Service where as a Senior Partnership Manager she has been working across the West of England and in particular with Employers to use their experience and success through skills to inspire young people and more mature employees to improve their skills base and in so doing improve their career prospects.



All of your local training providers working together to ensure we have the highest quality training to meet then needs of our local community and employers skills needs.  The network comprises of 42 colleges and independent training providers.  

For more information on the training that the DSTPN offer, or support with engaging in other training provision outside of the Network Marie will be able to support your Apprenticeship and Skills journey.