Skills

Skill Up Somerset
Skill Up SomersetAn employer looks for a person with the right skills for the job, so its important to develop your skills to increase employment opportunities and career progression. Skill Up Somerset's advisors can help find skills training for most sectors, to boost your future job prospects.

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Employability Skills

Employability skills are the transferable skills, qualities and attributes that go beyond knowledge and technical ability - such as communication skills, problem solving and positivity. The following links provide resources that will help you identify and strengthen your employability skills.


Barclays Life Skills 

Is designed to help young people develop the skills they need for the 21st century workplace, including tools, tips and learning resources.


National Careers Service 
Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.


Positive People 
Offer employment support in Somerset for those 18+ not in paid work - including CV guidance, making job applications and advice the latest job vacancies. 


Somerset Skills & Learning 
Offer a wide range of courses including FREE Community Learning courses that can help you progress your career

Introduction to the principles of Business Administration
Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability
Introduction to supporting teaching and learning in schools 


Spark a Change
Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your employability skills and gain experience.

CV and Interview Skills

Creating a strong CV, writing a good covering letter and interviewing well, are how you will show off your employability skills to potential employers. The following links will provide top tips on applying for jobs and attending virtual or face-to-face interviews.


Create a CV that stands out
A CV is a short, summary of your skills, achievements and experience which gets you through to the interview stage.


How to Write a CV
An employer might only scan a CV for a few seconds, so it’s important to grab their attention right away.


How to write a cover letter
A good cover letter will get your CV or application form noticed and will persuades the reader to want to meet you.


Advice to prepare for an interview
An interview is your chance to make a good impression on a potential employer and show what you have to offer.


Preparing for an online interview
Many companies now require you to participate in an online interview. Find out what an online interview is and how to ace it.


How to use Zoom, Skype & Microsoft Teams 
Positive People have put together some videos to help you use all these online platforms to communicate

Digital Skills

Digital skills are valuable and sought after by employers. By developing your digital skills, which can mean anything from using social media to programming, you can boost your job prospects.


Somerset Libraries
Provide free online digital skills courses, including introductory lessons for people who have never used the internet or who need to learn basic computer skills.

iPad Loaning Scheme
is aimed at job seekers, and designed to help anyone; including those with little or no IT experience. Members of Somerset Library borrow an iPad FREE OF CHARGE for up to two months from: Chard, Shepton Mallet, Minehead, Taunton or Bridgwater libraries. 


The Skills Toolkit
A directory of free high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help you build your skills. Visit to find out more and read testimonials from people who have taken digital courses.


Positive People
Offer a guide with hints and tips to help you understand online safety: from acting responsibly on social media, to antivirus software and picking a secure password. 

Access to Computers

Access to Computers
If you do not have access to a computer at home, all Somerset libraries provide free public access computers.

Business Leaders

Business Leaders
For more information and resources to help you upskill your workforce, visit the Business Support page

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