There’s a whole host of development locally that will bring opportunities for local people; Under Construction is determined to support local jobs for local people.


Ladies and Gents of Sedgemoor, we have two unique and inspirational projects currently running to help you unlock your potential and aspirations into a career of choice. From boosting your confidence so you believe you can retrain, or support your dreams of setting up a business our caring and passionate team can help. Once a month, we organise events for both Women and Men and weekly virtual drop-ins. Nothing is mandatory, but as the old saying goes, ‘the more you put in the more you get out’. We have Women and Men undertaking training courses, some have returned to work and others have been referred to partner agencies for specific support, from health and wellbeing to training providers. Both groups have a dedicated, private Facebook page where they can share, support and empower each other to achieve their goals. Due to the current situation, referrals can be made by email and an initial one:one will be carried out either by phone or video call. 

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Step up Somerset has been developed to support the whole county. Whether you are searching for your next job opportunity, starting a new career, working on your employability skills or just beginning your journey in the world of work, you will find information and support to help you here.

The Bridgwater Way

Bridgwater is thriving with lots of positive opportunities in education, our economy and for business. We are working hard to make travel in and around Bridgwater easier and safer at a time when there is growing demand on our roads. The Bridgwater Way is providing initiatives to help you choose how and when to travel, and feel safe when making your journey. We want you to get involved, because it’s your choices that will make the difference in keeping Bridgwater moving. The Bridgwater Way is reaching out to schools and colleges, businesses, and the wider community to provide tools and support to help us make positive changes together. Get involved by following the link below.

Positive People

We’re really pleased to Welcome the Positive People project to Under Construction on Tuesdays. If you’re aged 18+ and not in work this project could help with new skills and one:one support back into the workforce; Inspiring you to build a brighter future.

Everyone should have the chance to succeed in life, to develop skills and build a career. Positive People is a flexible community programme designed to help you overcome whatever challenges you face.Run by Pluss and our community partners we can help you manage the tough times, get qualified and find work.

Help with everyday life

Our change coaches will work closely with you to help you identify your aspirations.

Our support includes:

  • Personal development – help build your confidence and health.
  • Help with daily life – including advice on housing, money / debt, childcare, healthy eating, leisure, relationships, anger-management.
  • Help to manage your health condition.
  • Help to master digital technology –including computers, tablets, phones and software.
  • Access to benefits.

Get qualified and find work

Our support includes:

  • Help to access training – anything from basic skills to vocational and professional.
  • Help to prepare for work – including clubs and work trials so you can try out jobs and gain experience.
  • Job search – preparing CVs, applications and interview We will also help you approach employers.
  • Access to computers, internet and printers.
  • Advice on apprenticeships and self-employment.

Once you enter into work, we will stay in regular contact with you. You can also contact our helpline for advice and support.

Positive People is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Skill Up Somerset is an Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service, supporting the businesses and people of Somerset with their Apprenticeship and Skills journey. We offer free, impartial advice and guidance to support you with the challenges your business may face with recruitment and skills gaps, help you to progress in your career or even make those first steps in gaining or returning to employment.

Launch into our Jobs Launchpad – virtual career and skills fair for the Heart of the South West (Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay).

On these pages, you can find a wide range of support options, from our directory of Heart of the South West employers to information about services that may be able to support you if you are, or have become, unemployed, to resource links for if you are a young person or adult requiring skills information and support. Jobs launchpad can help guide you to the information you need.

Jobs Launchpad has been created as part of our employment and skills response to COVID 19 (coronavirus).

These web pages are created in partnership with:
Devon County Council | Plymouth City Council | Somerset County Council | Torbay Council | Local authorities