Funded training for local SMEs

Gloucestershire College are pleased to be offering small and medium businesses FREE training courses to enhance employee skills relating to Low Carbon and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Who is eligible to receive the free training

Businesses must have less than 250 employees, be in the county of Gloucestershire and be in one of the following sectors: Engineering and Manufacturing, Construction, Health and Social Care, Retail, or Creative and Tourism.

The staff being trained must be a 19+ UK resident and be in need of development in order to progress their career. They cannot already be in training e.g. on an apprenticeship.

Upcoming courses

Customer Service (three days) - starting 20 March 2017, 5 May 2017

13 credits towards a Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service

Including how to deliver customer service by understanding the relationship between customer needs, expectations and customer satisfaction. 


Team Leading (three days) - starting 27 March 2017, Thursday 18 May 2017, Monday 17 July 2017

13 credits towards a Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading

Focusing on day-to-day management skills and improving performance and productivity, as well as strategic thinking to aid longer term business improvement.


Management (three days) - starting Monday 15 May 2017

13 credits towards a Level 3 Diploma in Management

Includes how to set and maintain standards and implement other quality management techniques to ensure high performance and quality of work.


HABC Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the work place (one day)  - Wednesday 29 March 2017,  Monday 3 April 2017 (FULLY BOOKED), Friday 28 April 2017, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Provides learners with knowledge of the basic health and safety practices essential in the workplace.


HABC Emergency First Aid at Work (one day) - Thursday 27 April 2017 (FULLY BOOKED), Friday 28 April 2017 (FULLY BOOKED), Friday 19 May 2017

For learners wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in first aid and become emergency first aiders in their workplace.


HABC Level 2 Risk Assessment (one day) - Contact the GC Business Hub for dates

Suitable for learners working in any environment who need to be more risk aware by raising their knowledge of risk in the workplace and basic things they can do to control it.


Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (one day) - 8 May 2017

This course meets the needs of current food hygiene legislation and is designed for anyone working in the catering industry where food is prepared, cooked and handled. It covers topics including food safety hazards, temperature control, cooking, hot holding and reheating and principles of safe food storage.

ACS Gas Safety (6 days) - starting 24 April 2017, 26 May 2017

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (one day) - 25 May 2017

Unvented Hot Water (one day) - 26 May 2017

Initial Verification and Inspection (6 Fridays) - starting 26 May 2017



We are also able to offer NVQS in Brickwork, Carpentry, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Health and Social Care, Team Leading, Management, Customer Service and Hospitality which are delivered entirely in the workplace and can start at any time.



To book your training needs analysis and get information on courses available call the Gloucestershire College Business Hub team on 01452 563403 or email

Why we can offer this training free-of-charge

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a national programme that has been developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses It is co-funded by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency. Gloucestershire College has been selected to deliver Low-Carbon and STEM SSW training on behalf of Serco, who manage the programme in our region in partnership with the Gloucestershire LEP.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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