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Government urged to support South West’s future skills

The Heart of the South West LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is calling on Government to accelerate upskilling the region’s workforce with the skills of the future.

Companies in the Heart of the South West area (Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay) are struggling to recruit in growing areas including data science, cyber, robotics, machine learning and customer service. This ‘...

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Yeovil: 340 jobs secured with £360m Wildcat helicopter deal

Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has secured a multi-million pound military contract that will sustain 340 jobs in the region.

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012.

The contract will sustain over 340 industry jobs,...

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South West tech sector to create 125,000 jobs and grow to nearly £20bn a year by 2026

A landmark report into the technology industry in the South West has revealed the vast opportunities for tech businesses and entrepreneurs across the region.

The South West of England’s tech sector is set to grow to almost £20bn gross value added (GVA) a year by 2026, creating more than 125,000 new jobs, according to a new study from Whitecap Consulting.

The research, by far...

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Bristol Technology Festival and Purplefish to offer content creation work experience during October event

As the Bristol Technology Festival approaches, event organisers and Bristol-based communications agency Purplefish have together launched a scheme to offer budding writers, photographers and videographers the chance to gain valuable training and work experience.

Five paid positions are available for aspiring creatives to spend a week working and training with the experienced team...

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HotSW LEP awarded further £1.8m for technical Skills Bootcamps

The Heart of the South West LEP has secured £1.8 million of funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to extend its current programme of Skills Bootcamps across the region.

The 22 technical Skills Bootcamps offer adults aged 19 or over the opportunity to build up or retrain in specific skills required by employers across the Heart of the South West LEP area as...

Virtual jobs fair aims to combat the skills shortages faced by South West employers

The Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW LEP) Digital Skills Partnership has announced the first of their Train4Tomorrow virtual jobs fairs , which will connect hundreds of newly-trained and highly-skilled digital and technical learners with employers in the South West.

The first virtual jobs fair on May 26 2021, 9am - 4pm focuses on digital and technical sectors and will give...