Skill Up Springboard ‘Springs’ into Action

Springboard is offering Somerset’s small and medium-sized businesses access to free short courses for their staff. 

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the courses can provide a taster of a new topic area, or gentle (re)introduction to formal learning, via an accredited unit of a full qualification.

Springboard courses are perfect for those who:

  • Haven’t been in a formal learning environment for a few years.
  • Want, or need, to develop skills in a new area of the business.
  • Wish to study at a higher level but are unsure about the commitment required.
  • Hope to enrol onto longer term training i.e. an apprenticeship, but aren’t sure about the commitment required.
  • Are seeking career progression.

By offering a taster, Springboard provides relevant information and encouragement to the employer and employee about the learning options and progression routes available. 


By completing a Springboard unit, you could:

  • Progress onto Apprenticeships, Traineeships or full certificates and diploma in the same or similar topics to extend your learning.
  • Learn the skills necessary to secure the next role up in your organisation
  • Obtain the certification needed to prove skills you use day to day
  • Gain more responsibility in your current role due to newly learnt skills
  • Learn new skills which allow you to innovate, progress or streamline the work you currently do


To be eligible to join the Springboard programme, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Be in employment, including full time, part-time and self-employment, but not anybody on a 0-hour contract.
  • Be working for a business based within the Somerset County Council authority area.
  • Have the right to work in the UK.

What courses are available?

  • Land-based machinery operations (Level 3)
  • Principles of Team leading (Level 2)
  • Principles of business administration (Level 2)
  • Aspect of Enterprise (Level 2)

  • Computer Programming (Level 2)
  • Digital skills for work (Level 2)
  • Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training (Level 3)
  • Understanding specific learning difficulties (Level 2)
  • Understanding adverse childhood experiences (Level 2)
  • Equality and Diversity (Level 2)
  • Understanding common childhood illness (Level 2)
  • Understanding behaviour that challenges (Level 2)
  • Health and safety in the food supply chain business (Level 2)
  • Safeguarding and Protection in care settings (Level 2)
  • Responsibilities of a care worker (Level 2)
  • Principles of Health promotion (Level 2)
  • Study Skills for Senior Healthcare Support Workers (Level 3)
  • A variety of understanding and supporting mental health units (Level 2)
  • Understanding Autism (Level 2)
  • Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes (Level 2)
  • Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities (Level 2)
  • Dementia Awareness (Level 2)
  • End of life care (Level 2)
  • Food Safety for the food industry (Level 2)
  • A variety of hair, barbering and beauty units (Level 2 and 3)

If you would like to declare your interest in the Springboard programme, please contact:

If you’re a business based in Taunton and West Somerset, you could also contact:

Taunton and West Somerset

07395 796297 

If you’re a business based in South Somerset, Sedgemoor or Mendip, you can also contact:

South Somerset, Sedgemoor and Mendip
07857 670806