Partnership aims to boost aspirations

City College Plymouth and Millbay Academy have formed a new partnership in the bid to provide pupils with the best possible careers advice in an attempt to further raise aspirations within the Plymouth community.

Similar to the successful ongoing partnership announced last summer with All Saints Academy, the College and Millbay Academy will work together to offer pupils high-quality...

Skills Network

Radical career changes most likely to happen at 30 in the South West

A new study* launched by the UK’s largest online learning provider, The Skills Network, has found that significant career changes for those in the South West are most likely to happen at age 30.1, but 2 in 5 won’t go after their dream job, due to the daunting prospect of having to retrain.

The research analysed answers from 1,000 people across the UK who have made a significant career...

Free government-funded training courses available to 250 adults in the South West

An additional 250 learner places have been announced on the #Train4Tomorrow Digital bootcamps which are open to adults in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Cornwall and Dorset.

The #Train4Tomorrow programme is designed to help people enter highly paid growth industries in the region, such as cyber security, data science, software development, digital marketing and IT. The Bootcamps...

Future Make with Real Ideas

Kickstart your future with Future Make - Future Make, presented by Real Ideas, is a series of creative-techy-making clubs and activities for children aged 7 – 11.

What can I do at Future Make? - From flying drones and creating digital immersive experiences, to designing extreme structures and thinking up exciting new ideas, take the confidence, experience and insight you gain and start to shape your creative future.

Events at Future Make - We’ve got some great holiday club days coming up – book yourself onto a day of...

South West: Jobs for life become a thing of the past

A job for life is a thing of the past, a new survey had revealed, with people now moving job roles more frequently than ever before.

In the South West, 63 per cent of those surveyed agreed that a job for life was something they no longer expected, with only 13 per cent in the region having stayed working in a role for more than 10 years.

The research revealed that 57 per...

Dartmoor Zoo welcomes ‘fantastic, inspiring’ Women in STEM

Dartmoor Zoo, renowned for its international conservation and education programmes, has welcomed more than 200 young women and schoolgirls to an evening of inspiring talks, expert advice - and close-up encounters with some of the zoo’s smaller amphibian and invertebrate residents.

The third annual Young Women into STEM careers fair on 14 November was designed by organisers Women in...


Plymouth soldier shares how his Army apprenticeship has helped him progress his career

Staff Sergeant Paul Stafford from St Budeaux, Plymouth, shares his experience of studying on the Army Apprenticeship Programme (AAP) and how this has allowed him to gain qualifications and skills to progress his Army career and personal life.

This National Apprenticeship Week (5th- 9th March 2018) the British Army has found that 37% of employees aged 18-34 would consider doing an...

Third of SW parents want their children to have a professional career

A third (33 per cent) of South West parents want their children to have professional careers, a poll from Action for Children has revealed with two thirds (65 per cent) wanting their children to go to university once their compulsory education is completed.

The results are from a survey of over 2000 parents across the UK, with the South West subsample showing that the second most...

Worsening skills shortage could threaten local building projects

Worsening skills shortages in the construction sector could threaten many building projects in the South West by 2019, new research* reveals today.

Data released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) highlights the severity of the skills shortages facing businesses across the region.

More than nine tenths (93%) of the surveyors questioned said that a lack of...

Devon businesses recruit low levels of career starters

Survey reveals skills needs of Devon businesses

Devon businesses are only recruiting low numbers of young people looking for their first job since leaving education, according to research published today by Devon County Council.

The Devon County Council Workforce Skills Survey aims to better understand the issues and challenges facing businesses in Devon in relation to skills,...