Hidden Talent in Devon and Somerset

Are you a business with under 250 employees? Do you want to better motivate your team and increase employee retention? Are you looking to boost your staff capabilities?

We offer FREE support to help with skills and training needs.

Helping you...

  • 6 Attract and retain the best talent
  • 6 Excel in leadership and staff development
  • 6 Embed succession planning
  • 6 Increase productivity

Free taster courses

In partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, we are offering a series of short taster courses which are FREE to eligible businesses in Devon and Somerset. 

Courses are open to business owners/directors and their staff and cover areas such as:

  • Management Accounting for Non-Accountants
  • Getting the Best From Your Staff
  • Making Data Work for Your Business
  • E-commerce
  • Marketing.

Locations include Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay, Yeovil and Bridgwater.

View our full list of courses

Free workplace needs assessments

Want to build your best team yet? Our skills analysis' are available to all SMEs in Devon and Somerset and are completely free of charge. 

With our industry-led approach, we can help you identify skills needs within your business and learn about our bespoke training solutions, enabling you to:

  • attract and retain the best talent
  • excel in leadership and staff development
  • embed succession planning. 

Find out more about free workplace needs assessments

Call +44(0)1752 583620 or email: hiddentalent@plymouth.ac.uk.

What businesses say...

“A very well put together course that was informative and entertaining! It provided me with a good understanding of marketing and this will really help me within my business."

Lisa Manning, Managing Partner, East Devon LPA Service attended the ‘Mastering Marketing’ taster course


“A very well presented course by the tutor who has a great ability to apply the accounting concepts to the individual businesses in the room.”

Edward Sowerby, Finance Officer, Wincanton Community Venture attended the ‘Management for Non-Accountants’ taster course


Coming soon...

Free CMI course: Principles of Marketing Products and Services AND further CMI-accredited courses in Devon.

We are able to offer Level 5 Awards in Leadership and Management from the Chartered Management Institute for Small and Medium-sized enterprises based in Devon that will help individuals improve marketing and management skills.

If you would like to be notified when these courses are available for bookings, please email hiddentalent@plymouth.ac.uk.

What is Hidden Talent?

Hidden Talent in Devon and Somerset is a region-wide project which provides opportunities to unlock unrealised potential through improving access to higher education for individuals and businesses.

Supported by the European Social Fund, the project brings together educational partners across the region to deliver outreach, engagement and skills development activities to promote and encourage participation in higher level skills, regardless of ability or education level.

Running in tandem with the Strategic Employer Engagement project, Hidden Talent is open to all adult learners across Devon and Somerset who want to develop their employable skills, including employees of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sector.

Our activities

As a partner in the Hidden Talent project, the University of Plymouth is delivering a variety of activities through which individuals and businesses can engage with higher skills.

Key areas of focus include:

  • The development of new qualificationshigher and degree apprenticeships in chartered management, digital technology, healthcare and more.
  • Continuing professional development – to provide routes in for both employers and employees interested in undertaking higher-level skills.
  • Information, advice and guidance – one to one sessions designed to inform potential learners of how their identified training needs can be met.

Work-based degrees and higher apprenticeships

Helping employers develop, harness and focus the skills of emerging talent within their organisation whilst offering employees opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree qualifications alongside real-life work experience.

Industry-led, higher and degree apprenticeships to support business growth

Higher and degree apprenticeships with the University of Plymouth

Our partners