Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council


Springboard is offering Somerset’s small and medium sized businesses access to free short courses for their staff.

Springboard is offering Somerset’s small and medium sized businesses access to free short courses for their staff.

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the courses can provide a taster of a new topic area, or gentle (re)introduction to formal learning, via an accredited unit of a full qualification.  Springboard courses are perfect for those who:

  • Haven’t been in a formal learning environment for a few years.
  • Want, or need, to develop skills in a new area of the business.
  • Wish to study at a higher level but are unsure about the commitment required.
  • Hope to enrol onto longer term training i.e. an apprenticeship, but aren’t sure about the commitment required.
  • Are seeking career progression.

By offering a taster, Springboard provides relevant information and encouragement to the employer and employee about the learning options and progression routes available. By completing a Springboard unit, you could:

  • Progress onto Apprenticeships, Traineeships or full certificates and diploma in the same or similar topics to extend your learning.
  • Learn the skills necessary to secure the next role up in your organisation
  • Obtain the certification needed to prove skills you use day to day
  • Gain more responsibility in your current role due to new learnt skills
  • Learn new skills which allow to innovate, progress or streamline work you currently do.


To be eligible to join the Springboard programme, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Be in employment, including full time, part time and self-employment, but not anybody on a 0 hour contract.
  • Be working for a business based within the Somerset County Council authority area.
  • Have the right to work in the UK.

What courses are available?

The following courses will be available soon via the Springboard programme:

  • Food Safety for the food industry (lvl 2)
  • Safeguarding and Protection in care settings (Lvl 2)
  • Responsibilities of a care worker (lvl 2)
  • Principles of Health promotion (lvl 2)
  •  Study Skills for Senior Healthcare Support Workers (Lvl 3)
  • A variety of understanding and supporting mental health units (lvl 2)
  • Understanding Autism (Lvl 2)
  • Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes (Lvl 2)
  • Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities (Lvl 2)
  • Principles of Team leading (lvl 2)
  • Principles of business administration (lvl 2)
  • Dementia Awareness (lvl 2)
  • End of life care (lvl 2)
  • Computer Programming (lvl 2)
  • Digital skills for work (lvl 2)
  • Land-based machinery operations (lvl 3)
  • Health and safety in the food supply chain business (lvl 2)
  • Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training (Lvl 3)
  • Understanding specific learning difficulties (lvl 2)
  • Understanding adverse childhood experiences (lvl 2)
  • Equality and Diversity (lvl 2)
  • Unstinting common childhood illness (lvl 2)
  • Understanding behaviour that challenges (lvl 2)
  • A variety of hair, barbering and beauty units (lvl 2 and 3)
  • Aspect of Enterprise (lvl 2)

If you would like to declare your interest for the Springboard programme, please contact:


If you’re a business based in Taunton and West Somerset, you could also contact:

Marie Howard


07395 796297

If you’re a business based in South Somerset, Sedgemoor or Mendip, you can also contact:

Nikki Blackwell


07857 670806

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
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