Hidden Talent in Devon and Somerset

Project overview

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, related in particular to our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and CPD offerings.

Key areas of focus include:

  • The development of new qualifications – higher and degree apprenticeships in Chartered Management, Digital Technology, and Healthcare, with several more in the pipeline. 
  • Free taster courses – to provide routes-in for both employers and employees interested in undertaking higher-level skills, working with the Hidden Talent project.
  • Information, advice and guidance – one to one sessions designed to inform potential learners of how their identified training needs can be met.
  • Recognising and building on experience – taking into account existing employee experience to provide a more flexible offering.

Our partners