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Apply for the hire a new apprentice payment

You still have time to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. Applications close on 30 November 2021. From 11 January 2022, you will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022.  Applications close on 15 May 2022. You must set up an apprenticeship service account before you can apply. More information -

National Apprenticeship Awards 2021

Hosted by The National Apprenticeship Service, the 18th annual National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony is open for entries! This is a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the best apprentices and businesses. There are categories for SMEs, large businesses and macro businesses, as well apprentice categories including levels 2, 3 and 4+.  To find out more please see - It's FREE to enter. You have until 28th July  2021 to submit your application Regional ceremonies...

School’s Out, What Next?

STEP-Up Somerset – School’s Out, What Next? Broadcast, Thursday 15th July @ 4:00pm 15th July 2021: STEP-UP Somerset – School’s Out, What Next? Support and advice for young people in Somerset who have left, or are leaving, education and are yet to finalise their plans for September 2021. The experts will be covering: An introduction to SomersetWorks and the Summer Programme Signing on and introduction to the Kickstart Scheme Apprenticeships and Traineeships Higher Education Options – NextSteps SW...

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 your own screen you can provide information about your company and promote your opportunities to a wide audience and capture those actively looking for apprenticeships and emplo...

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 top of the £1,000 payment for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive a maximum of £4,000 . This scheme will run from April until September 2021, which is an ext...

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

National week 2021 (NAW 2021) will take place this year between February the 8th and February the 14th NAW 2021 is a week-long celebration of apprenticeships, shining the light on the amazing work done by employers and apprentices across the UK. This year the theme is “build the future”. The focus will be on how employers train, retain and achieve with apprenticeships. The aim is to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for...

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Government Announces Financial Incentives to Businesses providing Apprenticeship and Traineeship Opportunities in England

They have pledged support to businesses by providing financial incentives to employers offering meaningful work opportunities, traineeships and apprenticeships. Apprenticeships Over the next six months, employers who create new apprenticeship opportunities for 16-24 year olds will receive a £2,000 incentive per apprentice.  For Apprentices age 25 and over, there will be a payment of £1,500. What is an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are real jobs. Apprenticeships are a work-based programme with...

Spring Forward
4 -7pm

Come along to find out about new skills and learning opportunities in and around Frome. Training providers will be on hand to give you advice whether you’re just getting ready to enter the workforce, looking to retrain or return to work, or wanting to develop some new skills Free food, DJ workshops, and Virtual Reality experiences.    


National Apprenticeship week 2020 is coming! This year the theme is ‘#Look Beyond’. Its taking place 3 to 7th of February. ‘Look Beyond’ will serve as a rallying cry for the apprenticeship community to showcase the true meaning of diversity within apprenticeships, including: calling on young people to look beyond traditional routes into employment and explore the diversity of career options and industries now available to them through apprenticeships; calling on employers to look beyond traditio...


Come along to one of our friendly drop in's to find out: How to boost your confidence and support your children with their homework, find employment or progress in your current job What’s involved in taking a course? What course level suits you best? What courses are on offer?

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01984 600181 / 07900608275
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Would you like to improve your business’ financial planning? This course is being delivered by tutors from the University of Plymouth, with private sector business experience, in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, West Somerset Business Group and Skill Up West Somerset Wednesday 27 Nov from 6.30pm to 9pm and Wednesday 4 Dec from 7pm to 9pm Attendance at both sessions required (first session starts at 6.30pm to allow for registration )

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Why not add a bit of digital to your business People can now loan a brand new iPad from Minehead Library, in the same way they might loan a book! Funded by Somerset West and Taunton, this service is specifically aimed at businesses or potential new businesses. Five tablets have been pre-loaded with a range of toolkits, apps and links to help you  get started in developing your digital strategy and exploring opportunities such as website design, on-line finance and social media. The iPads can be...

Digital Skills Innovation Pilot: Digital Momentum – Heart of the south west LEP –

Digital Momentum sets out to encourage under-represented groups in the digital sector to embark on, or progress within, digital careers. We’re specifically looking to engage with women and/ or people living in high unemployment regions across Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth. We will be providing a range of free training opportunities and support for people at all levels of digital skills competency. So whether you’re a ‘digital newbie’ or a seasoned technologist, this programme may be able...

West Coast 360 Ambassador Programme

The Ambassador Programme is an online training course which has been developed by West Coast 360 to assist those working within the hospitality and leisure industries to improve their local knowledge and customer service skills. As well as those who are interested in pursuing a career within the sector. Having good local knowledge and giving excellent customer service are key elements in the experience of visitors and in bringing them back to the area and to local businesses. The aim of the Prog...

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01984 635221
Access to Employment and Learning Fund

Residents of West Somerset can use the Access to employment fund to help overcome any barriers to employment or learning. This fund can be used for Transport Essential work equipment and work wear Childcare costs Cost of training or learning Any other barriers to learning - please get in touch For the more information,  employment and learning fund eligibility criteria and the application form please visit -

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0300 304 8000
HPC Jobs Service – Drop in Session – Watchet

A representative of the HPC Jobs Service team will be here to help you find out about current and future roles available on the project and how to register for work at Hinkley Point C. The Sanctuary, Watchet 31st October 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. No appointment necessary, just drop in

Somerset Careers Fair 2019

We have two events running as follows: Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Somerset Cricket Ground, Taunton Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton Each event will run from 9am – 7pm The morning session will run from 9am – 3pm as your traditional careers fair and we encourage all our exhibitors to be as interactive as possible. We will see over 1500 young people from local schools attend and these events have become a firm favourite and have become part of the school’s diary...

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07714 396346
The Somerset Apprenticeship Awards are now open for nominations

The Somerset Apprenticeship Awards are now open for nominations. The nominations are for Somerset Apprentices and employers, the categories are,   Traineeship of the Year Micro Employer of the Year Award Small Employer of the Year Award Medium Employer of the Year Award Large Employer of the Year Award The New to Apprenticeships Award Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Advanced Apprentice of the Year Higher/Degree Apprentice of the Year Career Development of the Year Applications can be ma...

Interested in Working in Childcare?

Come and find out more about the opportunities in Childcare at The Beach Hotel - Minehead, Thursday 7th November 2019 Drop in anytime between 12.30PM-7.00PM for an informal chat and find out about: What it’s really like to be a Childminder, Teaching Assistant or Midwife - Busting the myths! Training Opportunities Qualifications & Apprenticeships Volunteering Career Pathways: Getting started Progression opportunities Funding available At the event there will be crèche facilities, refreshments...

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07919540564 / 01823 357390 / 01984 635314
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Free Business Networking Lunch and Workshop Session – Rural Enterprise Exmoor
12:30 pm

Calling Exmoor based entrepreneurs, business owners and managers… Thursday 24 October 2019 12.30pm, Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross Whatever your business status, size or sector if you are involved in running an enterprise within the National Park join us at the launch of Rural Enterprise Exmoor. An innovative research initiative to better understand business activities, needs and opportunities within Exmoor. Presentations Networking Business Support Stands Interactive workshop session Launch of si...