Category Archives: Employment


‘Exmoor Tourism’, the body representing tourism businesses in Greater Exmoor, bringing more visitors to the area, is expanding its marketing and membership activities, working with partners to reduce costs and duplication of effort whilst growing its share of the tourism market.

In partnership with Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) and West Somerset Council, Exmoor Tourism has unveiled a call for tenders for two critical contracts – Creative Marketing and Public Relations/Social Media, to boost numbers in the 2016 season.  Dan James of ENPA advised, “By pooling our resources we can make a significant impact and we are circulating the opportunity widely within the SW of England, hopeful that companies within the Greater Exmoor area are attracted to apply.”

At the same time, Exmoor Tourism is advertising for a part-time Tourism Development Manager contractor who will be responsible for increasing visits to Exmoor, increasing membership, accessing third-party funding and delivering the organisation’s plans.

Chairman, Evelyn Stacey, said, “Our organisation is run by fantastic volunteers who operate their own successful businesses.  We have already achieved a great deal but clearly recognise that if we want to increase the level of our activities and deliver more success for our members, we need someone dedicated to the project. This is a very exciting time for us and we are delighted with the encouragement and support we have received from our partners – our work is supported by the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, West Somerset Council and the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership.  There are some very talented people in this area and I hope they will be tempted to apply.”

The deadline for these three opportunities is 10am on 17 December.

Contract details for all three opportunities are available at 

Exmoor Tourism’ is also seeking a self-employed administrator with immediate effect to support its members and Executive Committee in a variety of administrative tasks. The contractor will chiefly be liaising with existing and canvassing new members, updating our website Visit Exmoor, producing newsletters and assisting with events. The Executive Committee meets quarterly and will need support with running its meetings, membership conference, industry forums and other one-off events.

The core activities are likely to take 43 hours per calendar month with additional hours assisting with associated/specific projects likely to be available.

Please send a copy of your CV, references from two recent customers and a business portfolio, if you have one to. Hon Secretary, Exmoor Tourism

PHOTO: by Andrew Wheatley

Employment at Hinkley

People in West Somerset interested in finding a new challenge are invited to a special employment workshop in Minehead highlighting potential opportunities from the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station.

West Somerset Council and Sedgemoor District Council’s employment and skills staff are working together to ensure our local communities are in a good position to benefit from jobs arising from Hinkley Point C.

The workshop will be held at The Beach Hotel in Minehead – on the seafront – on Friday March 20, starting at 10am. Representatives from EDF Energy, the company behind the Hinkley Point C project will be present, along with Workplace Solutions.

The free workshop will cover the Hinkley story so far, the variety of jobs needed, how to get registered with the Hinkley Point C Jobs Brokerage so you don’t miss out and hands-on support to check your CV is ‘Hinkley ready’.

Whilst the workshop is free to attend, booking is essential as spaces are limited. For more advice and tips you can also book a one-to-one support session with our Employment and Skills staff after the workshop finishes.

To book a space on the workshop or a one-to-one support session please contact Emily Wishart at West Somerset Council on 01984 635221 or Laura Fowler at Sedgemoor Council on 01278 435227.

This workshop is aimed at either Sedgemoor or West Somerset residents who are currently unemployed, under-employed in part time or temporary roles or those who are employed but looking to further their job prospects.

Hubs Ready to Launch in Watchet and Williton

New Community Employment Hubs aimed at helping people find work, improve key skills and confidence are about to be launched in two West Somerset venues.

The hubs, manned by volunteer mentors, will offer a range of support including: help with searching and applying for work, support with completing application forms and CVs, top tips on preparing for interviews, access to the internet / IT facilities and a signposting service.

Sessions will run every Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm from February 3 February at Williton’s Children’s Centre and every Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm from 5 February at The Sanctuary in Watchet. For more information please contact Carl Smethurst on 01984 248169 (Watchet) or Tracey Bland on 01984 635980 (Williton).

Carl Smethurst, co-ordinator of the Community Employment Hub at The Sanctuary in Watchet, said, “Our hope is that these hubs become welcoming and friendly places which provide both the resources and support that people need to find work.

“We believe there is huge potential in those in our communities and our aim is to encourage it to be realised through either existing local employment, opportunities to learn new skills or by creating new entrepreneurial ventures.”

Tracey Bland, the co-ordinator for the Hub in Williton, said, “This new initiative will be a fantastic opportunity for individuals and families in our local area to receive help and support to access or return to work.”

The Community Employment Hubs have been developed as part of the Our Place Project which aims to support people within the district to find work and access training. Partners on the project include: West Somerset Council, The Sanctuary and West Somerset Children’s Centres.