Stand out from the crowd
If you’ve decided that you don't want to stay in full time education, this is your opportunity to do something different.
You can begin working life earlier, instead of choosing another three to five years in lecture rooms and classrooms at university, and can use this time to trial and experiment with a range of different jobs to discover the type of work that you enjoy for a career.
The average student debt after graduating from university is around £50,000. This includes the £9,000 a year tuition fees, and then any maintenance loans used for accommodation, food and general life!
As an apprentice you start earning a wage from the moment you begin and moreover, there's no tuition fees. You will work for a company on a full time basis, with paid holiday, whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Employer recruitment service
GC has worked with local employers for decades and has developed strong links with over 1,000 Gloucestershire businesses. Our unrivalled Employer recruitment service can match your apprenticeship requirements and skill set to the right employer.
We work with some of the largest brands in the county including Superdry, Renishaw, GE Aviation, Omega, and Hazelwoods Accounting.
Why choose GC?
You have the benefit of being supported by a workplace manager and colleagues, and a dedicated Gloucestershire College Training Co-ordinator who will regularly visit you out in the workplace.
For those apprenticeships which require classroom based teaching, you will be taught by industry expert lecturers as you would at university- at either our Gloucester or Cheltenham campus.
How long will my apprenticeship last?
An apprenticeship can take between one and five years to complete, depending on the level of the programme and the industry sector. For example, an Intermediate Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Apprenticeship around 24 months.
Will I get a job at the end of my apprenticeship?
The great advantage of doing an apprenticeship is gaining valuable work experience to stand you in great stead for your future career options. However, it also gives you a true understanding of how a company operates and the time to develop and build upon a relationship with your employer. Over 90% of GC employers retain and recruit their GC apprentices into a permanent contract once their apprenticeship is over.
Where will I do my apprenticeship?
The majority of your apprenticeship will based in the workplace. The amount of time you spend in the classroom at GC varies greatly from course to course and depends on which apprenticeship you choose, and which employer.
To find out more about apprenticeships and employers
Research as much as you can about the type of apprenticeship you want to do and the type of local employer you may want to work for. For more information visit-
Gloucestershire College website: www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships
Check out local employer websites for their apprenticeship vacancies too.