It's your future...

Discover skills, training and career support in the West of England to help you get to where you want to be.

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  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Guidance
  • Disability & Other Support Needs
  • Getting into Work
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Training & Upskilling
  • Volunteering
  • Workforce Development & Support

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About us

Find your next step

Skills Connect empowers people of all ages and career stages to find skills, training, and career support in the region.

We’ve showcased what’s available in a simple and accessible way, so you can find success – whatever that means for you.

If you need extra help, contact one of our dedicated advisors who can assist you to navigate the support options and find something suitable for you.

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Our campaigns

Redundancy support

Being at risk of, or being made redundant, can be an extremely stressful and worrying time, however it can also present exciting new opportunities.  We can help you navigate support and identify new opportunities. 

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Our campaigns

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.

If you’re aged 19 and over and looking to change sectors or progress in your current industry, a Skills Bootcamp could be your next step to a better job with more job security and higher wages over time.

Find a relevant Skills Bootcamp

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Our campaigns

Apprenticeships: Share to support

Are you a large employer with unspent apprenticeship levy?

You can stop the money being lost from the region by pledging your unspent levy to a local small business, helping to create jobs and support progression in work.

Learn more about share to support

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Our campaigns

Future Bright: Free career coaching

Are you feeling stuck in your job? Feel like you need some support to help you get to the next step? Future Bright could offer you a personal career coach to help you develop and achieve your goals.

Whether you want to progress and increase your salary, boost your confidence, change career or even just improve your mindset, having someone in your corner to offer support and guidance can make a huge difference.

Future Bright is completely free, impartial and tailored towards you.

Join Future Bright

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Apprenticeships

Earn and learn on the job

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. They offer many pathways to work, earn and train with options available for people of all ages, backgrounds and career stages.

An apprenticeship could be your opportunity to explore a career and gain a qualification in an area you didn't know was possible.

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Events

What’s on

Find a range of skills, training and career support events happening near you or virtually.

Whether it's information sessions, jobs fairs or networking, discover what's available and sign up today.

Drop-in Support Session: Bristol Launchpad

Join Career Coaches from Bristol City Council Employment Support team to get FREE support, advice and guidance.

 

Coaches from Future Bright, We WORK for Everyone, One Front Door and Inclusive Career Pathways will be there to offer support to people in the community.

 

Everyone welcome! Come down and chat to us!

Category: Career Guidance, Getting into Work

Organizer: Bristol City Council

Address: Bristol Launchpad, Ground Floor, The Galleries, 25 Union Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XD

Bristol Date:16 Jul 2024 Time:10:00 am

Retrofit West: Building Connections Part 2 – Air Source Heat Pumps

We are calling out to trades people (especially boiler engineers and plumbers) interested in learning new skills, winning more business and being a part of the solution to the climate emergency.

 

This completely free event will give you an introduction to the retrofit opportunities out there as well as information about how to get free accredited retrofit training.

 

Our first event, focused on fabric first, was a huge success and we can’t wait to host the next edition with a focus on air source heat pumps (ASHP) and mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR). This will include a Fulmax and air source heat pump demo, and a tour of the construction centre.

Category: Training & Upskilling

Organizer: Future Leap

Address: Bath College Somer Valley Campus, BA3 3RW

Bath and North East Somerset Date:17 Jul 2024 Time:6:00 pm

Drop-in Support Session: Bristol Launchpad

Join Career Coaches from Bristol City Council Employment Support team to get FREE support, advice and guidance.

 

Coaches from Future Bright, We WORK for Everyone, One Front Door and Inclusive Career Pathways will be there to offer support to people in the community.

 

Everyone welcome! Come down and chat to us!

Category: Career Guidance, Getting into Work

Organizer: Bristol City Council

Address: Bristol Launchpad, Ground Floor, The Galleries, 25 Union Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XD

Bristol Date:30 Jul 2024 Time:10:00 am
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Career Insights

Job market insights

Unsure about which career to choose? It can be tricky to know where to begin.

Find the perfect job match – uncover ideas and career pathways informed by the latest labour market information.

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  • £30,000 Average wage per annum
Mayoral Priorities

Metro Mayor's focus

Welcome to Skills Connect.

The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority has significant jobs and training support for local people, with a value of £60 million.

We’re helping over 10,000 people of all ages in our region every year and Skills Connect aims to help an extra 3,000 to upskill, progress in work and find new opportunities.

I am proud to offer this single regional jobs, careers, and training support service so everyone can easily explore and access support.

Get curious, discover your options, and find some help to change the future of your career for the better.

Learn more about the Mayor's priorities

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Partnerships

Local authority partners

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