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Priority 1 update

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Priority 3 update

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CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE​

Increase and improve the provision of careers education, advice and guidance with a view to ensuring that the diverse routes into employment, and for career progression, are fully promoted and alternative career pathways understood and accessible to all

Apprenticeships

Create an effective apprenticeship service for Somerset that raises awareness of opportunities, and promotes the value, of apprenticeships for both employers and potential apprentices ensuring that supply and demand are equal

WEST SOMERSET OPPORTUNITY AREA​

Ensure that appropriate priorities and interventions are incorporated into the WSOA Strategy and Delivery Plans with the aim of improving low social mobility in West Somerset

Strategic Priority 1:

Raise awareness of post 16 pathways/options with young people, parents/carers and teachers
Make business and education business partnerships a central tenant of the Education Vision, building a comprehensive strategy for school/business engagement
Support all schools to be career and employment focused ensuring that young people have opportunities for meaningful engagement with business
Work in partnership with national CEIAG agencies and the voluntary and third sector to promote and develop skills for living and citizenship

Strategic Priority 2:

Support those not in work, whether they be furthest from the labour market or within a vulnerable group, into meaningful, sustainable and fulfilling employment through a variety of accessible routes and programmes
Support those not in work, whether they be furthest from the labour market or within a vulnerable group, into meaningful, sustainable and fulfilling employment through a variety of accessible routes and programmes

Strategic Priority 3:

Promote and develop the skills of enterprise and business leadership to improve business performance
In conjunction with employers support in-work progression through on-going skills development and re-skilling – celebrate those employers who are effective
Ensure effectiveness and value of labour market intelligence; ensure business skills challenges and needs are effectively articulated

Strategic Priority 4:

Ensure Somerset has a cohesive and appropriate higher education offer that meets the needs of business and the community, and also to develop aspiration across the population, including amongst its older population
Promote and support the development of higher skills in shortage areas such as STEM
Develop the role of R&D within Somerset and particularly in relation to priority sectors