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NewsThere’s never been a better time to take on an apprentice

There’s never been a better time to take on an apprentice

Richard Huish College, in Taunton, is encouraging employers to take full advantage of a new government incentive scheme that sees businesses receive funds if they take on an apprentice between now and January 2021. The Huish apprenticeship team works with employers to create bespoke training schemes for Apprentices to build the precise skills their business needs and fill industry skill gaps. The...

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Member News‘Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms’, urges local COVID-19 board

‘Only book a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms’, urges local COVID-19 board

Local Coronavirus testing sites are up and running across Somerset, but demand for slots is increasing with 7000 people tested in Somerset last week alone. Test sites are commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care and are seeing a surge of demand nationally for Coronavirus tests. Chairman of the Somerset Coronavirus Engagement Board, Cllr David Fothergill, said: “Only book a Cor...

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NewsHigh Court rules insurers should have paid out for lockdown losses

High Court rules insurers should have paid out for lockdown losses

The High Court has ruled some insurers should have paid businesses for losses caused by the COVID-19 lockdown following a test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority. Judges ruled that the disease clauses in some business interruption policies should have meant they were covered, despite many insurers refusing to pay out. The Financial Conduct Authority estimates the ruling could affect...

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NewsHuish named as Best Apprenticeship Training Provider in Somerset

Huish named as Best Apprenticeship Training Provider in Somerset

Huish Apprenticeships has been named the Best Apprenticeship Training Provider in Somerset by Corporate Vision Magazine in their Education & Training Awards 2020. Offering apprenticeships from entry level to higher degree qualifications, Richard Huish College, in Taunton, prides itself on providing expert teaching staff with many years’ experience in industry, consistent results and the ab...

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NewsWeston College Principal says apprenticeships are the way forward

Weston College Principal says apprenticeships are the way forward

It is no secret that 2020 has been a difficult period for young people looking to enter the world of work, but opportunities are out there in the form of apprenticeships; they are a great platform for our young people to launch their careers, and for businesses to discover, develop, and utilise new and existing talent, writes Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Paul Phillips CBE (pict...

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NewsClarke Willmott's longest-serving employee retires - after 47 years!

Clarke Willmott's longest-serving employee retires - after 47 years!

A personal assistant at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has retired after 47 years of service. Christine Cox, the longest serving employee at the firm, began her career in April 1973 as an office junior in the Chard office before becoming a secretary for a number of solicitors. In 1977 Christine started working for Managing Director John Cooper and in 1994 moved with him to the Taunton office, which...

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NewsLegal expert says GDPR could be used to challenge A Level results

Legal expert says GDPR could be used to challenge A Level results

Students challenging their A-level results could use a provision in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to argue the Government’s marking system was unlawful. Many A-level students, who were unable to sit their exams this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, feel their results were unjustly downgraded by an automatic system which uses an algorithm which profiles students, taking into...

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NewsStrode College students continue to achieve above national average results

Strode College students continue to achieve above national average results

The awarding of 2020 results was like nothing seen before but Strode College students continued to achieve above the national average, with 55% of A level students and a staggering 69% of vocational students achieving high grades. With an overall pass rate of 99% and 24 A level subjects achieving 100%, Strode’s students followed in the footsteps of past leavers. This consistency of outstanding...

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NewsLeading South West accountancy firm makes nine new appointments

Leading South West accountancy firm makes nine new appointments

Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants, Tax Consultants and Financial Planners have welcomed nine new trainees as part of its ambitious growth plans and ongoing commitment in the investment of its workforce. Jack Gilbey, Sarah Bennett, Sheldon Moll, Jadyn Nunn, William Whitehead, Tobias Finch Hatton, Jenny Batchelor, Lucy Morton and Kevin Warnakulasuriya join the firm’s Tax, Audit, Business Serv...

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NewsRichard Huish College says A Level students faced a challenging end to the year

Richard Huish College says A Level students faced a challenging end to the year

In an extraordinary year, Richard Huish College has been congratulating students’ achievements as they virtually collect A Level and Vocational results.   This year has been like no other with the whole exam series being cancelled and students instead being awarded Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) by their centre, which have been nationally standardised by exams boards using statistical modelling...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber welcomes Truespeed as a Business Partner

Somerset Chamber welcomes Truespeed as a Business Partner

Leading edge ultrafast, full fibre broadband provider Truespeed has joined Somerset Chamber as a Business Partner. Winner of the Best Rural ISP 2019 award from the Internet Service Provider Association, Truespeed is building a brand new network that removes frustration such as buffering, drops and slow speeds at peak times to give the South West a future-proofed broadband solution. Unlike other ...

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NewsAnnual results published for Clarke Willmott

Annual results published for Clarke Willmott

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has delivered annual results for the year 2019/20 in record time and alongside a robust review of both their longer term strategic plan and the financial plan for the current financial year. Turnover for the year was £51.7 million, an increase of £2.3 million on 2019, with a profit of £11 million in line with expectations but reduced from £11.4 million in...

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NewsStrode College student secures Higher Apprenticeship Degree in Engineering at Leonardo

Strode College student secures Higher Apprenticeship Degree in Engineering at Leonardo

Strode College A Level student, Vito Di Giovanni, has been given a 'conditional offer of position' for a place on the highly competitive five-year Higher Apprenticeship (Degree) scheme at Leonardo, in Yeovil. Leonardo is a local aerospace engineering company, which employs a workforce of 3,000 on site. Vito (pictured) responded to an advert for a position on the Rotorcraft Engineering Degree Appr...

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NewsTechnology employers endorse Weston College’s new Digital T Level programme

Technology employers endorse Weston College’s new Digital T Level programme

In September 2020, Weston College will be one of only fifteen education providers delivering T Levels and will launch with the new Digital T Level. The new qualification is highly anticipated, with one of the benefits being learners will spend a minimum of 45 days with a relevant employer carrying out their Industry Placement to really hone what they learn in the classroom. Employers are recogni...

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NewsTop ranking for Clarke Willmott's Taunton office

Top ranking for Clarke Willmott's Taunton office

The Taunton office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has once again been recognised at the highest level in the recently released Chambers and Partners High Net Worth rankings. The office has been awarded a prestigious Band 1 ranking and is hailed for its contentious and non-contentious private client offering in the South West. Its private client team advises farming clients, landed estat...

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