West Somerset Council – Career Learning Pilot

Dear all

The Heart of the South West Career Learning Pilot is part of a National initiative to inform potential changes in how Adult Learning is funded, and to tackle some of the skills shortages in Somerset to support Business Growth. As part of the initiative they are offering free and subsided courses through Somerset Skills and Learning, Strode College and Bridgwater and Taunton College to those who live in West Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor and meet eligibility criteria.

If you are interested in retraining or upskilling or know someone who is then this could be the perfect opportunity!

The courses on offer from Bridgwater & Taunton College, Strode and Somerset Skills & Learning, starting September/October 2018 include:

  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 – normally £2,573 – now FREE
  • Diploma in Engineering (QCF) – normally £3,345 – now only £2,508.75
  • Diploma in Adult Care – normally £2,882 – now only £720.50
  • Certificate in Education & Training (QCF) Level 4 – normally £1,417 – now only £355
  • ECDL Advanced Level 3 50062438 – £1,417.00 – now only £1,063
  • Diploma in Business Administration Level 3 – £2,573 – Now FREE
  • Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accountancy – normally £2,573 – Now FREE
  • Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accountancy – normally £2,573 – Now FREE
  • Level 3 Diploma in Leadership & Management – normally £1,987 – Now FREE
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation – normally £3,345 – Now only £836
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 4 Certificate for Early Years Advanced practitioner – normally £811 – Now only £608.
  • Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering – normally £3,354 – Now only £2,508
  • Diploma in Adult Care – normally £2,882 – Now only £720
  • Pearson’s BTEC Level 3, 90 Credit Diploma in Engineering – normally £5,421 – now only £4,065

If you live in the West Somerset or Sedgemoor area please call Ann on 07794 579 171 or email aphillips@sslcic.co.uk – with your full name, address, telephone numbers and preferred time for Ann to contact you.

If you live in the Mendip area call Jacqui on 07970 844 341 or email jyeoell@sslcic.co.uk  – with your full name, address and telephone numbers, along with the preferred time for Jacqui to contact you.

All subsidised qualifications can be paid for through an Advanced Learner Loan – Facts Sheet Attached

Please help to promote this opportunity by forwarding the details on to anyone (individual or business ) it might be of interest to.

Kind Regards



Emily Wishart

Employment and Skills Officer

West Somerset Council

Killick Way




01984 635221

07739 958441


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Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Do you know somebody who should be celebrated for their work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families?

Do you know a child or young person who has inspired you in the way they have overcome challenges?

If so, Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation Team wants to hear from you as it looks for nominations for unsung heroes from across the county.

Working with the Somerset Parent Carer Forum they’re been searching for success stories involving children and young people, and those working with them.

They will be celebrated at a major showcase event in October being put together by and the young people and parent carers.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “So many people quietly get on with amazing work for others, or equally quietly deal with and overcome great challenges.

“Now is a time when they can be recognised, so they need no longer be ‘unsung’.”

There are nine categories, including Child of the Year, Young Person of the Year, Innovative Working and Team of the Year.

The closing date for nominations is 27 July and you can get a nomination form by emailing SENDParticipationTeam@somerset.gov.uk.



Have your say on draft recommendation council ward boundaries for Somerset West and Taunton

Have your say on draft recommendations for Somerset West and Taunton

In May 2018, the government decided to create a new local authority called Somerset West and Taunton Council. The council will replace the existing authorities of West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

The Commission is now carrying out an electoral review of the new council to decide the number of councillors that should be elected to the authority as well as the names and boundaries of council wards.

We have an open mind about further suggestions from local people to change and improve these recommendations. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of Somerset West and Taunton or just a part of the area.

Below, you can see our proposals for new ward boundaries (in red) and search across the whole of Somerset West and Taunton, even down to street level. You can also click on any ward to find out how many voters are included in it and how many councillors we propose should represent it.

You can submit comments to us or upload a document by clicking on the ‘Have your say’ link at the top of the page. You can also draw your own boundaries and annotate the map by clicking on the button.

There is plenty of information to help you make a submission in the ‘Useful links’ section at the bottom right of the page.

This stage of the consultation closes on 27 August 2018.

Draft recommendations report

Draft recommendations map

Summary of draft recommendations

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