North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) is targeting a skills shortage across the South West to ensure employers can find the skilled staff they need.

Across North Somerset and Bristol businesses have identified a shortage of people who are proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These employers want workers who are able to reason and solve problems using some STEM knowledge.

Our curriculum focuses on STEM and students study within a business-like environment. The school day runs from 8.30-5pm, a structure which means students have flexibility to study for additional qualifications or take part in enrichment activities – we will work to build a timetable which suits their aspirations.

The school ensures students have access to not only traditional academic teaching but vocational courses, too. Our students are able to pick and choose from a range of qualification types – so they can mix GCSEs with BTECs, or complete A Levels and Diplomas simultaneously.

NSETC has smaller class numbers to provide students with more support, each student is set up with personalised learning plans and has their own tutor.

The school has a partnership with UWE, which means all students get exposure to Higher Education opportunities and are supported with their progression.

Businesses are also involved in day-to-day life at the school, helping to form our curriculum with mentoring, careers seminars, workshops and placement opportunities – giving students ‘real work’ experiences.

Our curriculum teaches:

  • Numeracy solving problems
  • Analytical skills to research topics, develop projects and draw conclusions from results.
  • Skills to break down a complex scientific system into smaller parts, recognise cause and effect relationships and defend opinions using facts
  • Mathematical skills for calculations and measurements
  • Attention to detail to follow a standard blueprint, record data accurately and write instructions
  • Technical skills to troubleshoot problems, repair machines or debug operating systems
  • Computer capabilities to stay current on appropriate software and equipment.

As well as STEM skills we develop other employability skills to benefit our students, including:

  • Communication and cooperation skills to listen to customer needs or interact with project partners
  • Creative abilities to solve problems and develop new ideas
  • Leadership skills to lead projects or help customers
  • Organisational skills to keep track of lots of different information.