Search for a job, find out more about key industries in Somerset, job types and the skills required for each - plus help and support if you are at risk of redundancy
Use the following links to look for job opportunities in Somerset.
Leisure Jobs Search for jobs in the leisure industry in Somerset.
Monster Whatever type of job you're looking for, you can find your perfect match today on Monster.
Reed Providing a full online service for anyone looking for a new job.
Indeed Indeed puts jobseekers first, giving you free access to search for jobs.
GOV.UK Use the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for jobs.
Somerset County Council Current job opportunities.
Somerset West and Taunton DC Current job opportunities.
Mendip District Council Current job opportunities.
Sedgemoor District Council Current job opportunities.
South Somerset District Council Current job opportunities.
Community Employment Hubs are available in West Somerset offering support with searching and applying for work.
Job types and skills required
If you are researching career options or thinking about moving into a different industry, it can be difficult to know what skills you need or what skills you already have that can help you be successful in certain industries.
Skills Assessment Find out about careers that might be right for you by taking a skills assessment.
National Careers Service Find out more about what is involved in different types of jobs and which jobs are right for you.
Careers Detailer Learn more about some of the key industries in Somerset and what attributes can help you be successful in each.
A rewarding new career in fostering
Fostering in Somerset (part of Somerset Council) are looking for resilient and caring individuals, couples and families to join their valued community of foster carers. Just like the children in our care, our foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Your gender, whether you're single or in a relationship, working, a home owner or renting are not important. What is important, is having the time and patience to provide a stable home to a vulnerable young person, who may of experienced trauma. You’ll also need to be aged 21 or over, with a spare room in your home.
In return you will receive a weekly fee to reflect the type of placement and skills you offer, plus a weekly allowance to cover the costs of caring for a child, such as clothing and food. Foster carers also receive excellent ongoing training and support, along with a dedicated Supervising Social Worker who will work with the family to provide additional support and guidance.
For more information on foster care payments, or to find out more about types of fostering or how to apply, visit the website here or call our friendly team on 0800 587 9900.
You could make a difference to a child or young person in care with a new career in fostering.
Health and Social Care is a growing sector with good job security – more people need care than ever before, and the work is interesting, rewarding, and meaningful. Every day is different, and you’ll be able to make a real difference in someone’s life. You can work with all sorts of different people, from people with learning disabilities, the elderly, to people with physical disabilities. There are so many different career paths available, and where you start is not necessarily where you’ll end.
Under Construction provide people in the Sedgemoor area with skills, motivation, work ethic and qualifications to maximise opportunities of the local economy. Visit the website today to find out more about employment and training opportunities in Sedgemoor.
Hinkley Point C
The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad range of occupations and careers.
The Work and Health Programme from Seetec PLUSS can help you if you would like a long term job, are aged 18 or over and have a health issue or have been unemployed and claiming benefits for two years.
The Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) is a fast-track employability programme to help people - who have been out of work for 13 weeks or more and are in receipt of benefits - return to work as quickly as possible:
The team at Seetec PLUSS can help you with job search, work trials and interviews as well as access to online support and resources and specialist help to overcome challenges such as anxiety.
For more information visit the website or call 0800 334 5525
Self Employment and Starting a new business
If you have an idea for a new business, now could be the time to make your ideas a reality. The following links will provide you with advice and guidance on starting your own business.
HMRC provide online support for starting or running a business around topics such as business tax, self-assessment, business expenses and record keeping. Support options include webinars (online presentations), e-learning, YouTube videos and factsheets.
gov.uk Provides information on and access to all government services and information, providing consistent advice and information on what businesses should or could do to start well and thrive.
Start-up donut Useful ideas and helpful hints about setting up your own business.
Start Up Loans A government funded scheme to provide advice, loans of up to £25,000 and mentoring to start-up businesses.
TDA start up support Free help for new businesses to get off the ground by providing impartial advice and guidance. This dedicated package of support can include a mix of one-to-one advice with an experienced business advisor, business skills workshops – as well as telephone and email support – culminating in the preparation of a support plan for your business.
Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme Providing support if you are looking to start your own business or become self employed. You can either sign up for the face-to-face programme or try the new, flexible online platform, with e-mentor support, to help guide you through all the key steps.
For information on claiming Universal Credit and more details on Sector Based Work Academies - a Department of Work and Pensions scheme designed to help Jobcentre Plus (JCP) claimants build confidence to improve their job prospects - visit the Redundancy Support page
If you have lost your job or are at risk of redundancy, you can find help and support on the Redundancy Support Page