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Supporting Your Employment Journey.

Further to the project’s previous success, we are pleased to announce that the Employment and Skills Pod is once again available to Bath and North East Somerset residents.

The Employment and Skills Pod is a FREE service that offers information, advice and guidance around employment and skills. Whether you are unemployed, looking to change careers, would like information about training or you are an employer looking for support with recruitment solutions, the Pod is here to help all B&NES residents. 

The West of England Combined Authority has created the Skills Connect regional project to ensure that all those seeking employment and training support can easily access information across the region.  The Pod is part of this project and works in partnership with leading engagement services across B&NES to support residents who are short or long term unemployed, have been made redundant, require upskilling, or looking to change careers.

Speak with a Career Coach

Use our self-refer form and provide us with some details and arrange a call back

Contact a Career's Coach

We can help to identify support services for local employers and small businesses around issues with employment and skills. Whether you are a new start-up or an existing business, we can assist with a variety of issues and help your business move forward, including:

  • Help with recruitment and staff development
  • Finding tailored solutions to improve and upskill your workforce
  • Linking you to the latest opportunities, resources and expert support
  • Work Placements & Apprenticeships.

Achieve in B&NES is available to support businesses with recruitment and training solutions and providers looking to deliver support in our area. If you need some help with the above email achieve@bathnes.gov.uk   

Below are some of our referral partner organisations:

  • Skills Connect West of England Combined Authority project providing search tools to begin your journey.
  • Bath College offers free courses for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently.
  • Citizens Advice Bath & North East Somerset(CAB) provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues. CAB can help with most everyday problems from employment to housing and debt.
  • Clean Slate offers free support and training to people who want to stretch their budget, find better work, or access help online.
  • Cool Ventures provides free training, support, and advice to help local people to set up and run successful businesses. Support is delivered through a programme of practical webinars covering key topics as well as 1-2-1 sessions.
  • Future Bright helps local people develop their skills, increase their income and progress in their career. Future Bright offers 1-2-1 careers coaching to plan residents’ next steps and open opportunities for funded training courses and equipment.
  • National Careers Service (NCS) provides fully funded, impartial careers information to support adults into work or learning. NCS advisers are professionally qualified and provide personalised support to help residents make informed career decisions.
  • Restore Trust helps residents with multiple barriers seeking a way back into work through training and mentoring.
  • Salvation Army Employment Plus provides 1-2-1 tailored support to reduce the barriers for individuals getting back to work. This includes all aspects employability, wellbeing, and lifestyle support, together with further training.
  • Women’s Work Lab (WWL) supports mums in receipt of benefits looking to get back into work. Over a 12-week period, the programme combines face-to-face expert training that fits around the school run with a formal work placement at a well-respected Bath-based employer.
  • Youth Connect provides a range of Young People’s programs including youth work, 1-1 targeted support, alternative education, and Employability support.

Contact us

To book a one to one information, advice, and guidance appointment, either by telephone or at one of our drop-in sessions, please email employmentskills_pod@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 395010.

Office hours

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm


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The Employment and Skills Pod is funded and managed by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, and delivered by Bath and North East Somerset Council in partnership with Skills Connect.