Talent and Skills

More than 90% of schools in Somerset are judged to be good or better, higher than the South West average of 89%, and the national average of 84%

26,500 graduates within an hour’s drive of Taunton

Bridgwater and Taunton College partners with 1,500 businesses

Digital Somerset committed to developing the local talent network

Degree awarding College

The people

As the South West’s next growth hotspot, the Somerset West and Taunton region has the talent your business needs to thrive.

The South West’s largest town, Taunton is home to a skilled-workforce and the number of people with qualifications is well above the national average. It is increasingly attracting professionals from a range of sectors, due to its competitive cost of living, and high quality of life.

The standard of secondary education is high, with Taunton boasting seven first class Academies, four high quality independent schools and four schools with an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’.

Possibly the best connected location in the South West, Taunton is situated between Bristol and Exeter, giving employers in the district access to a huge pool of graduates from world class universities.

Training support

Bridgwater and Taunton College and Richard Huish College provide a range of vocational courses at further and higher education levels. Bridgewater and Taunton is the first college in the country to deliver Nursing Degrees and Nursing Apprenticeships and also offers T Levels. The College also partners with the South West Institute of Technology which offers degree level qualifications in advanced manufacturing and digital.

The arrival of the new University Centre for Somerset furthers Taunton’s reputation for educational excellence. Grounded in the real world and combined with academic rigour, the University offers learning opportunities that are focussed on local and regional skill requirements. The University and regional colleges work with local employers to ensure that the highly qualified workforce of today, as well as tomorrow, are available locally.

University Centre Somerset (UCS) has developed the National College for Nuclear (NCfN), where they provide higher degree apprenticeships validated by UWE Bristol, and a BEng (Hons) Engineering with Nuclear degree.

The development of an exciting new £9.5m Innovation Centre at the new Firepool site will further harness digital innovation, talent and enterprise in the town.

Renowned for its collaborative approach, Somerset West and Taunton is a supportive and vibrant place to do business and through Somerset Education Business Partnership, the area has a history of employers working with education providers to build talent pipelines.

The strong business community is reinforced by a thriving local Chambers and specialist sector business groups

“’Bridgwater & Taunton College sits at the heart of educating, training, and upskilling to meet the need for a highly-skilled workforce within the South West.”

Matt Tudor, Director of Commercial Development, Strategy & Partnerships, Bridgwater and Taunton College