Somerset Chamber

Talk to the team 01823 444924


Tell us your business news

Learn more


Partner news

College consortium awarded £2.5m to address regional skills needs

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) is leading a consortium of Further Education and training providers to deliver skills to the South West. Working alongside Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber the consortium has been created to act as a catalyst to align educational provision with business needs in the region.

Consortium members, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc, South Devon College, Strode College, Yeovil College, Focus Training and SWATPRO (DSTPN) have been awarded a share of £2.5m from the Department for Education two projects “The Heart of the South West Collaboration for Success”, and “Green Skills for the Future”.  

Members of the consortium will collaborate to deliver regionally significant projects which focus on delivering skills and training in construction, automotive, digital, engineering and advanced propulsion.  

Andy Berry (pictured), Principal and CEO of Bridgwater & Taunton College, said “This is a fantastic initiative, we have significant skills shortages across the South West which this consortium aims to address.” He continued “Members of the consortium will collaborate to create exciting opportunities for people within our region, deliver skills our employers need to drive prosperity and development.”

Emma Rawlings, Somerset Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, said: “This has been needed for a long time, these projects will bring businesses and education partners together to deliver skills this region needs.” she continued “Educational establishments have a challenge to keep pace with industry needs, this fund and these projects will unlock the capacity to achieve this. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact on our local and regional economy.” 

For more information visit

Connect. Influence. Grow.

Join Somerset Chamber of Commerce to give your business a stronger voice both locally, regionally and nationally. Combined with local town chambers, we represent over 2,000 businesses across Somerset with a direct line to policy-makers at all levels.

Discover the benefitsJoin now