Skill Up Somerset
An 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.