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NewsCorporation of Yeovil College announces new CEO and Principal

Corporation of Yeovil College announces new CEO and Principal

The Corporation of Yeovil College is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Bolton, as successor to John Evans, as CEO and Principal of Yeovil College.  John (pictured  right) will be leaving Yeovil, at the end of September, to take on responsibilities for Cornwall College Group.  John has delivered five years of inspirational leadership to Yeovil College, changing outcomes, engaging wi...

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NewsNew Managing Director at Cornish Mutual

New Managing Director at Cornish Mutual

South West insurer Cornish Mutual has announced Peter Beaumont as its new Managing Director. Peter has been the company’s Finance and Operations Director for more than a decade. Subject to regulatory approval, he will take over the role from Alan Goddard, who is due to retire after 15 years as Managing Director. Founded in 1903, Cornish Mutual insures farms and rural businesses across Cornwall,...

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NewsWeston College training centre proves popular with construction firms

Weston College training centre proves popular with construction firms

The Construction Training Centre at Weston College has been open for just over four months and is already proving a popular destination for construction firms. The centre was developed in response to the growing demand for a trained and skilled construction workforce. It isn’t focused on providing training for one industry, but is instead a ‘one-stop shop’ that offers training courses in: ...

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NewsSomerset County Council helps businesses cut apprenticeship costs

Somerset County Council helps businesses cut apprenticeship costs

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice because of the costs could reconsider and help a young per...

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NewsYour chance to support vital road safety work in Somerset

Your chance to support vital road safety work in Somerset

A new initiative is offering organisations and businesses the chance to support important road safety work within Somerset. Latest data shows the number of injury collisions in Somerset was the lowest ever last year – but there was an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team has unveiled a range of sponsorship opportunities for ...

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Chamber NewsChamber CEO takes a closer look at Bridgwater's new access road

Chamber CEO takes a closer look at Bridgwater's new access road

Somerset’s Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive Stephen Henagulph was invited to take a closer look at the latest piece in Bridgwater’s transport puzzle – the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road. The scheme is an example of Somerset County Council’s ongoing commitment to investing in and successfully delivering major infrastructure projects. Good infrastructure is vital for business a...

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NewsClass of 2019 celebrates fantastic A Level and Vocational results

Class of 2019 celebrates fantastic A Level and Vocational results

Richard Huish College students were celebrating  after an incredibly successful year of A Level and Vocational results. At A Level the Class of 2019 achieved an A* to B pass rate of 53%, and an A* to C pass rate of 78%. The overall A Level pass rate is again an outstanding 99%. Of the students that took Vocational Extended Diplomas, 53% of grades achieved were the very highest distinction or dist...

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NewsTaunton's Toneway to be reduced to three lanes until summer 2020

Taunton's Toneway to be reduced to three lanes until summer 2020

The A358 Toneway in Taunton will be reduced to a single lane outbound and two narrow lanes inbound until summer 2020 as part of Somerset County Council’s upgrade of Junction 25 of the M5. Work will begin “soon” on widening the Toneway, including removing the central reservation and replacing the old concrete road surface. To keep both the public and the workforce safe the speed limit will ...

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News£500,000 grant to support West of England Institute of Technology

£500,000 grant to support West of England Institute of Technology

The proposed West of England Institute of Technology (IoT) – spearheaded by Weston College - has been awarded a grant of £500,000 by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The authority said the funding would help people from a wide range of backgrounds to gain skills needed to secure jobs in the region’s leading industry sectors. The West of England IoT will deliver a range of new ...

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NewsChemistry students demonstrate the elements of success

Chemistry students demonstrate the elements of success

Chemistry students from Richard Huish College are celebrating their success in the annual Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. This year 21 students from the Lower Sixth entered the Challenge, which involves a stretching exam paper designed to push the students beyond the A Level specification. As it is the International Year of the Periodic table, questions were based around this theme and students h...

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NewsEarthworks start on access road for Nexus 25 as part of J25 upgrade

Earthworks start on access road for Nexus 25 as part of J25 upgrade

While night-time works are continuing on Somerset County Council’s upgrade of Junction 25 of the M5 in Taunton, away from public view, work is progressing on a new access road into what will be the Nexus 25 employment site. Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, the principal contractor for the scheme, said earthworks for the new road were being done at the Gateway Park and Ride. Meanwhile, work to...

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NewsHinkley Point C hits its biggest milestone yet

Hinkley Point C hits its biggest milestone yet

Hinkley Point C has hit its biggest milestone yet - and on schedule. The completion of the base for the first reactor, known as “J-zero”, means that the construction of the nuclear buildings above ground can now begin in earnest.  The final 9,000m³ of concrete was the largest concrete pour in the UK, beating a record set by the Shard in London.  Reinforced with 5,000 tonnes of Welsh steel,...

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NewsSomerset cricketer Marcus to retire at end of season

Somerset cricketer Marcus to retire at end of season

Marcus Trescothick has today announced that he will be retiring from professional cricket at the end of this season.The 43-year-old made his debut for Somerset in 1993 and has gone on to become one of the finest players to ever represent the County.2019 will be Marcus’ 27th and final season as a professional, and during that time he has scored more First Class centuries (52) and more Lis...

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NewsSomerset County Cricket Club pays tribute to Chairman Charles Clark

Somerset County Cricket Club pays tribute to Chairman Charles Clark

Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that the club's Chairman, Charles Clark, has passed away. He began serving on the Committee in 2010 and became Chairman of the Club in January 2018. A life-long Somerset supporter, Charles said his appointment to the role of Chairman was “a dream post”. During that same speech he also recounted his first visit to Taunton to watch Somerset play: “M...

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NewsLeonardo signs contract for helicopters which will be used offshore

Leonardo signs contract for helicopters which will be used offshore

Leonardo has recently signed a contract for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters with helicopter service provider NHV Group. The aircraft, expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2020, will be used by NHV to perform offshore transport operations in UK and North Sea area. This latest order brings the total number of AW169s purchased by NHV Group to five, with the first three aircraft already...

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