About Us

Somerset Education Business Partnership (EBP) helps:

  • Businesses to identify future talent
  • Education providers to strengthen business connections
  • Learners to develop employability skills

so that residents and businesses in Somerset thrive.

Our work is funded through the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation fund and supported by Somerset’s 5 district councils and Somerset County Council. The team are hosted by Somerset Chamber of Commerce. These relationships ensure that we can reach and support our education and business partners effectively.

We work closely with national partners including the Careers and Enterprise Company and support local developments including the West Somerset Opportunity Area.

The Team

Andrew HansonAndrew Hanson – Partnership Manager   LinkedIn Icon Email Icon                

Andrew has a background in partnership management in the sport and well-being sector and brings a passion for enabling people to achieve positive outcomes to his role. Andrew leads the partnership’s work, building new relationships to achieve our objectives and reporting to our funders and partners.

 

Imelda LeetchImelda Leetch – Partnership Coordinator   LinkedIn Icon Email Icon 

The Somerset EBP Coordinator handles the partnership’s marketing, communications and event planning operations – promoting work-related learning and education-business collaboration opportunities in Somerset.

 

 

Testimonials

“A huge thank you for your hard work in raising awareness of T Level and Industry Placements and the enquiries forwarded in my absence. It was a pleasure to return from holiday to see all the links made! An invaluable service, thank you once again for all your hard work." Kirsty Woods, Employer Engagement, T Level Pilot, Strode College

“It really is an absolutely pleasure working with you, have enjoyed every second of it.” Melanie Downing, Creative Director, The Design Hive

“Thanks so much...I hope to work with you more over the coming months. I wish I contacted you earlier…you have saved me so much time!” Shane Baker, Sixth Form Leader and Careers Leader, Selworthy School

“Thank you both for a really useful meeting and for your help with some new businesses – it’s much appreciated.” Amanda Culverhouse, Enterprise Co-ordinator, CSW Group

“The Somerset EBP is an exciting opportunity for business-education relationships. Collaboration with local schools and colleges is critical for fostering a future skilled workforce.” Chris Langdon, Hinkley Supply Chain Project Manager, Somerset Chamber of Commerce

"Fantastic! The website looks great and I really enjoyed your 'recruitment' pages and the challenges facing young people during their job search and recruitment process. Some great ideas on how employers can make their adverts and selection processes much more youth friendly." Martin Sandford, Director, Future Levels Recruitment Ltd