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The Somerset Education Business Partnership aims to increase collaboration between Somerset educational providers and employers.

The partnership can provide a directory of local and national Work Related Learning (WRL) opportunities, guides for employers wishing to work with young people and develop strategies for employers targeting recruitment campaigns at young people.

Businesses across sectors as diverse as engineering, health care, professional services and hospitality have all expressed skills shortages. Concerns range from the ability to recruit skilled employees now, to developing a future talent pipeline – and of course the investment required for this. The Education Business Partnership brings businesses and training providers together to develop solutions to meet these needs.

Businesses have also signalled their willingness to work with schools, colleges and training providers to raise awareness of their industry sector – and the aspirations of young people to join it. There are many opportunities to engage with schools in your area – from providing inspirational talks to small groups of students, to helping with mock interviews or offering workplace visits.

For more information on the Somerset Education Business Partnership, please visit: www.somerset-ebp.co.uk

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