Training and Courses on Exmoor

Learning and Training Opportunities

Compliance & Customer Service Training

Somerset West and Taunton Council, West Coast 360 and Skill Up West Somerset are pleased to offer FREE training to employers, their staff and anyone interested in working in the hospitality and leisure industry. These courses are for West Somerset residents whether you are returning to work after furlough, wishing to gain more skills or looking to start a career in this sector. 

To register for these courses please follow the links:

Films about the Walking Workshops

Neil Warren has created some films about the walking workshops.

The download links for the films are below:

·         12 minute how to make the most of the coast – interviews with four speakers download here

·         5 minute summary of above and a one minute teaser for social download here.

·         Four separate films of the individual speaker interviews for sharing on social media here

In addition the following can be viewed:

·         Giles Adams presentation here 

·         Martin Hesp’s here 

·         Sarah Gunn (SWCP) here.

A full recording of workshop introducing the coast path (1:40mins) can be viewed here.

Princes Countryside Fund

Free 1-2-1 digital mentoring support for farming businesses. The support is to help you understand the benefits of digital, introduce you to new software, apps and hardware and help you become more efficient and less fearful of future technology.

Support topics, depending on individual needs, could include:

– Basic Payment Scheme Support

– Benefits of Cloud

– Google Hangouts and Skype

– Using Social Media

– Connectivity: How it can be improved, costs and best price

Farming businesses based in Dartmoor or Exmoor.

Pub is The Hub

Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2001, Pub is The Hub operates as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation dedicated to improving community services and activities. We offer advice and support to communities who are looking to relocate, re-open or introduce vital services and activities in their local pub, as well as to communities considering the options for acquiring their local pub and the range of responsibilities involved.

We facilitate projects by encouraging and helping communities, pub licensees and other interested parties to connect and share their experiences and work together to support and sustain their local services. We also try to help source local funding opportunities for projects.

Read: Pub is The Hub: New research highlights the social value publicans and pubs create by providing local services

The Ambassador Programme - West Coast 360

The Ambassador Programme is an online training course which has been developed by West Coast 360 to assist those working within the hospitality and leisure industries to improve their local knowledge and customer service skills. As well as those who are interested in pursuing a career within the sector. Having good local knowledge and giving excellent customer service are key elements in the experience of visitors and in bringing them back to the area and to local businesses. The aim of the Programme is to ‘create Ambassadors for the West Somerset area and to improve the service that visitors to the area receive.’ 

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

Growth Hub Farming & Food Business Resilience Support. Fully funded one to one advice session with a Business Adviser providing you with an opportunity to speak to an expert adviser about your ambitions. 

This service provides support to farming, farm diversification and food processing businesses with support to help them to build resilience into their businesses and help them to be better able to adapt and respond to changing circumstances such as impacts of EU exit, changes to agricultural support and any other external factors that present challenges and opportunities to the business.

HM Government: Help to Grow

Take your business to the next level with the Government’s new Help to Grow programme. The programme offers two distinct packages delivered through online learning platforms, 1:1 sessions with mentors and a peer network. The Help to Grow programme aims to support small and medium sized businesses to learn new skills, reach customers and boost profits.

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Funded training to help your business progress – Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.


The SMART SKILLS programme is funded by the European Social Fund and will help businesses across Devon to upskill their staff and advance their business to the next level with a range of no-cost training solutions. We want to ensure as many local businesses as possible are aware of the valuable, fully funded training available to them, especially as we bounce back from Covid-19.

Step Up Somerset

A co-ordinated network of employment and skills support for individuals, employers and businesses seeking support and information in relation to employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships is being rolled out across Somerset under the Step Up Somerset brand to boost existing provision in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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