Employment & Skills Support

Are you looking for work, the opportunity to learn new Skills, achieve a Qualification or set up your own business?

West Somerset Council offers access to free and impartial employment, training and skills development services, including:

  • Help to address barriers to employment, training and skills development
  • Information on the latest training and skills development opportunities
  • Advice on finding and applying for work
  • Schemes to develop confidence and self esteem
  • Setting up your own business

We work closely with a number of Training Providers, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in order to ensure that you receive the appropriate service for your needs.

For more information please contact West Somerset Council on 01643 703704.

Community Employment Hubs

There are 5 Community Employment Hubs located in Watchet, Minehead and Williton, Stogursey and Dulverton.

The Community Employment Hubs offer a range of support including:

  • Help with searching and applying for work
  • Support with comleting application forms and CV’s
  • Top tips on preparing for interviews
  • Access to IT facilities
  • West Somerset Advice service

For more information about the hubs contact Colleen Blake at West Somerset Council cblake@westsomerset.gov.uk or on 01984 600 816 or 0739 231 6158.

Jobcentre Plus

External WebsiteDevon, Cornwall and Somerset Jobcentre Plus have their own external website offering a range of information and advice. Whether you are looking for work or facing redundancy visit the Jobcentre Plus website to find out the support available.

Minehead Jobcentre Plus is on Twitter

You can follow Minehead Jobcentre Plus on Twitter @MineheadJCP for information on job opportunities, training, apprenticeships and support from Jobcentre Plus.

JCP tweet messages from their providers and local employers so follow them to be kept fully up to date with what is available for you in your community

Universal Jobmatch

Universal Jobmatch Is the job posting and matching service for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Service provides:

  • A speedier recruitment process, matching jobseekers CVs and skills to jobs
  • A facility for jobseekers to set up their own accounts, uploading or building CVs to tailor their job search to the jobs they are looking for
  • An email alert about jobs that match jobseekers preferences
  • A notification process for employers to see jobseekers that match their requirements
  • The option for employers to invite jobseekers to apply on-line for jobs
This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you would like more information or to register please visit the Gov.uk website.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Visit the National Careers Service website to explore their Career Tools, speak to one of their Advisers, and find out what the Growth Industries and Skill Demands are in your area. Also get essential information on over 750 different careers to find the right job for you. 

Employment and Skills Charter

When business development and economic regeneration is inclusive of surrounding communities it improves social inclusion. West Somerset Council encourages all new major employers to sign up to the Employment and Skills Charter and pledge to agree, wherever possible, to recruit local people for local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. The charter can also support employers by matching skills and training to job requirements and availability.

Details of the Charter can be found on Economic Strategies.