2017

Careers Column 10: Why choose college?

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Boost your CV with a Professional Development Course at Gloucestershire College

GC Student Wins Science Award in Memory of Forest Teacher

Five tips for getting your organisation ready for the apprenticeship levy

GC works with Gloucestershire artist to explore 'Faith' in modern society

Gloucestershire College is set to become the temporary home for a new, exciting exhibition of portraits by local artist, Russell Haines. The portraits celebrate modern society and the synergy between us, no matter what our faith or belief system is.

GC to launch exciting new Chefs' Forum Academy

In a new partnership with the Chefs' Forum, Gloucestershire College will host the launch of The Chefs’ Forum Academy on 30 January.

Plan your future this January with a GC Open Evening

Gloucestershire College is inviting young people and their parents along to its three campuses this month, to see why its extensive facilities and experienced staff have been rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted.

GC hosts Forest of Dean Tourism Forum

Gloucestershire College played host to representatives from both the local and national tourism industry on 11 January, at the third annual Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Forum.

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 1 - menu planning with Paul O'Neill

The Chefs' Forum Academy kicks off with menu planning masterclasses from Berwick Lodge Head Chef, Paul O'Neill.

GC is Helping Gloucestershire businesses prepare for the 2017 Apprenticeship Levy

Gloucestershire College and Harrison Clark Rickerbys are inviting Gloucestershire businesses along to an informative conference on the apprenticeship reforms coming into effect this April.

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 2 - Game masterclass with Kuba Winkowski

This week Level 3 catering students from our Cheltenham and Forest of Dean Campuses were lucky enough to have a game masterclass with Kuba Winkowski, Head Chef at the 3 AA Rosette award winning Feathered Nest Inn.

Next generation of chefs inspired at launch of Chefs’ Forum Academy

Gloucestershire College was filled with the delicious aromas yesterday as top chefs and food exhibitors from the South-West gathered to launch the Chefs’ Forum Academy – a new collaboration with The Chefs’ Forum to train the top chefs of the future.

GC engineering student hosts National Apprenticeship Awards

A Gloucestershire College student proved he's a young man of many talents, when he stepped up on stage to co-host the 2016 National Apprenticeship Awards.

Healthcare employers invited to free event at Gloucestershire College

Healthcare organisations in the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas are invited to a free event at Gloucestershire College’s Forest of Dean Campus on Wednesday 22 February.

GC House Blog 12. Our second project is under way!

Students get a window into the world of dementia sufferers

Health and social care students at Gloucestershire College were given an insight into what people suffering from dementia experience every day, when they took the Virtual Dementia Tour this month.

First GC Supported Internship Programme a success

A pilot scheme established by Gloucestershire College and Gloucestershire County Council in January 2015 has been successful in securing employment for special educational needs (SEND).

Aleah triumphs at the Student Television Awards

GC film production student, Aleah Johnson was “astonished” by her own success when she received a craft award at the 2017 West of England Student Royal Television Society Awards this February.

Budding GC poets published in Young Writers Anthology

Three GC Sixth Form students studying at the Forest of Dean Campus have been selected to have their poetry published in a Young Writers Anthology, as part of national competition ‘Busta Rhyme’.

Chefs' Academy Blog 3 - Daniel Moon Masterclass in Asian Fusion

Level 3 Catering students from our Cheltenham and Forest of Dean Campuses took part in a masterclass with Chef Daniel Moon this week. Daniel is Head Chef at The Gainsborough Hotel in Bath Spa and has achieved numerous awards and accolades, including three AA Rosettes and The Caters' Acorn Award. Led by Daniel, The Gainsborough is striving to obtain its third AA Rosette.

Northern Quarter college funding gets the green light

Gloucestershire College (GC) is delighted to announce that GFirst LEP has confirmed the Growth Deal 3 funding for Gloucestershire, which includes the final element of funding required to build a new state-of-the-art campus in Cinderford’s Northern Quarter.

GC is celebrating 10 years of National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 will be taking place from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March, and this year is extra special as it marks the tenth anniversary of the countrywide celebration of apprenticeship success.

NAW 2017 - 10 apprenticeship myths BUSTED

Gloucestershire College is celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week. The College offers hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities with businesses from a range of industries across the county, yet many people still have misconceptions about what apprenticeships involve, the pay and careers an apprenticeship can get you.

We bust the 10 most common apprenticeships myths…

NAW 2017 - Interview with Laura Leigh - GC apprentice employer for 10 years

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week we’re catching up with Laura Leigh; an employer who has been training hairdressing apprentices in partnership with Gloucestershire College for 10 years.

NAW 2017 - How do I make my apprenticeship application stand out?

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017, we've been catching up with some of the employers who will looking to hire apprentices this year to get their perspective on what they are looking for in potential apprentices.

GC House Blog 13. We passed our assessment!

This week we were thrilled to find out that we have passed our National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) Assessment, which means we are now able to sign off our own electrical work.

NAW 2017 - Business Apprentice Case Study: Aimi

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017 we’re catching up with GC apprentices, who are building their careers, by learning while they earn.

In this instalment we hear from Finance apprentice Aimi Knight, who is completing her apprenticeship with the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance.

NAW 2017 - 10 top tips if you’re struggling to find an apprenticeship

Gloucestershire College is celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week with interviews, facts and advice for those trying to find an apprenticeship.

Here we offer 10 top tips if you're struggling to get yourself hired as an apprentice...

NAW 2017 - 10 former apprentices who’ve gone on to big things

It's the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate, we've compiled a list of 10 former apprentices who've made a name for themselves (not to mention a tidy sum!) since their humble beginnings as an apprentice.

NAW 2017 - Former apprentice interview: 10 years on

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week we’re catching up with a former GC apprentice, who completed his apprenticeship in finance 10 years ago.

NAW 2017 - Marketing Apprentice Case Study: Caitlin

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017 we’re catching up with current and former GC apprentices, who are building their careers, by learning while they earn or have progressed on from their apprenticeship.

In this instalment we hear from former marketing apprentice Caitlin Harvey, who recently completed her apprenticeship with Everyclick ltd.

The five top reasons employers take on apprentices, and three concerns that almost stopped them

A growing number of organisations, big and small, are running apprenticeship programs. We recently surveyed a number of organisations that train apprentices in partnership with Gloucestershire College to find out their top reasons for employing apprentices.

Budding cake decorators inspired by masterclass with Ceri Griffiths

Former GC student creates Gloucester Accessibility Guide

A former GC student is drawing on his own experiences as a wheelchair user to create a useful accessibility guide to Gloucester. Christian, who completed a BTEC Level 2 in Business Administration at GC has secured himself employment with Marketing Gloucester.

Apprenticeship Information Evening - What can employers can offer GC apprentices?

Ahead of next week's Apprenticeship Information Evening, we asked the employers attending what they can offer apprentices who decide to train with them, and what their role with the company will involve.

GC sixth former awarded university scholarship

A sixth form student studying at Gloucestershire College’s Forest of Dean Campus has been awarded an entrance scholarship by Aberystwyth University, for academic achievement.

Crowds flock to GC to learn about apprenticeships

Job seekers and employers in Gloucestershire received a boost last night, when over 1,000 people visited Apprenticeship Information Evening at Gloucestershire College.

Gloucestershire College partners with local businesses and experts to tackle the cyber security threat

Gloucestershire College, in partnership with local businesses Tech OP and Bamboo Technology Group, has organised an event to raise awareness of the cyber security risks facing businesses across the county.

Businesses matched with apprentices at Gloucestershire College event

Job seekers and employers in Gloucestershire received a boost on 22nd March, when over 1,000 people attended an Apprenticeship Information Evening at Gloucestershire College.

Catch ‘The Strawberry Thief’ on the Cotswold Hare Trail

Looking for a challenge this summer? Why not take up hare spotting on the Cotswold Hare Trail!

Gloucestershire College awarded Autism Quality Mark

Gloucestershire College is the first college in the county to be awarded an Autism Inclusion Quality Mark, recognising its outstanding work towards autism inclusion.

Local Law Firm Ready For Levy Lift Off

eLearning Business Sees Benefits of Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Levy has landed; what next?

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 4 - Indian Gastronomy at The Mint Room

The Mint Room Bath was the venue for the latest Chefs’ Forum masterclass for GC catering students, which saw a celebration of Indian gastronomy led by Executive Chef Soyful Alom.

Students do well to make wishes come true

Visitors to The Orchard Trust in Lydbrook can make a wish while making a donation, thanks to well-wishing students from Gloucestershire College.

Help your child choose their next steps with Parent Information Sessions

Gloucestershire College is inviting parents of year 10 and 11 students in to each of its three campuses this April, for a series of Parent Information Sessions.

Emily shares her story on BBC Lifeline

GC student, Emily Radnedge told her story in a BBC lifeline appeal, aired on Sunday 16 April.

GC House Blog 14. Things are taking shape at Porchester

Progress has continued at Porchester Road over the Easter period and we have a lot to update you on!

Northern Quarter building to start this month!

GC House Blog 15. It's all systems go!

So far this term it's been all hands on deck at our second GC House, with a record number of students dropping in to develop their skills at the property.

Students lead the way with Innovators Project

A pilot project launched by GC in 2014, is now making waves across the Further Education sector for effectively harnessing the knowledge of tech-savy students.

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 5 - Lucknam Park

Over the past two weeks Level 3 catering students from our Cheltenham and Forest of Dean Campuses were lucky enough to be given a real insight into various aspects of what working in the Michelin starred restaurant at Bath's Lucknam Park Hotel is like.

Enhance your employability skills with Jobsmart training at GC

GC staff and apprentices shortlisted for apprenticeship honours

The countdown is on to 2017 Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and staff and students at GC are waiting with eager anticipation thanks to being shortlisted in a record number of categories.

Building starts on new Forest of Dean Campus

New engineering facilities for GC students

Trainee engineers at Gloucestershire College will be able to develop their technical skills using new, state of the art mechanical and electrical equipment, thanks to the generosity of Sarah Blizard, in memory of her late husband Oliver.

New IT apprenticeships bridge the skills gap

Gloucestershire College is helping local businesses tackle the digital skills gap by offering the chance to upskill their existing employees or take on new digital savvy recruits, with a range of specialised IT apprenticeships.

Luxury venues launch new hospitality academy

With the hospitality industry being the fourth largest employer in the UK, some of the most innovative names in the Cotswolds have teamed up with Gloucestershire College to create an exclusive opportunity for passionate young people aiming for a career in this ever-growing sector.

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 6 - Carlos Martinez

GC House Blog 16. Finishing touches at Porchester

With the summer break creeping up on us, we are putting in the finishing touches at our second student renovation property in Porchester Road, Gloucester.

The benefits of using Gloucestershire College to support your recruitment strategy

It’s that time of year again. Hundreds of thousands of young people will be sitting exams, and planning for a future after school or college.

GC offers Gloucestershire businesses free training to upskill their workforce

Businesses from around the county are benefiting from the chance to upskill their employees for free, thanks to the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme.

Careers Column 1: Career Planning – Where do I start?

Engineering students benefit from generous legacy of Oliver Blizard

GC Lecturer publishes a WWII book with a difference

GC History Lecturer and World War Two buff, Clive Pearson is celebrating the publication of his first book ‘The Second World War in 100 Facts’.

Art students get creative at end of year exhibition

Careers Column 2: The changing landscape of apprenticeships

Students complete ambitious renovation project

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 7 - Foraging in Torquay

Careers Column 3: Future proofing your career in uncertain times

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Four wins for GC at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards

GC students raise record breaking £26k for charity

Careers Column 4: Beyond Qualifications - recognising the value of transferable skills

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Second GC student renovation is on the market!

Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 8 - Cooking and Coarse Fishing at Old Swan and Minster Mill

Degree filmmakers graduate with a national INDI Award

The third-year students (pictured above), wrote, shot and edited the winning short film entitled, ‘Broadcast’ as part of their degree course, accredited by Birmingham University. Directed by 21-year-old Mollie Boughen, the film follows timid weather girl, Fiona.

Degree filmmakers graduate with a national INDI Award

Careers Column 5: T Levels – coming to a college near you!

There's still time to join the Cotswold Star Academy

Careers Column 6: Dispelling the myths about higher education

Careers Column 7: Education is everyone's business

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Online and On Campus: Gloucestershire College’s new blended learning courses

Professional management courses to drive business forward

Careers Column 8: Turning a passion into a career

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Lord Ashton of Hyde steps into the Dragons’ Den

Not going to uni – alternatives to university education

Careers Column 9: Why do your apprenticeship through a college?

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Forest Citizen, offering advice to young people and their parents on the important factors to consider when making decisions about their education and future careers.

Professional management courses to drive business forward

A Levels 2017: I’ve got my results – what now?

GC receives Silver Learning Partner status with the ACCA

Gloucestershire College is delighted to have been awarded Silver Learning Partner status by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which recognises its commitment to delivering the course to the highest standard whilst meeting the ACCA’s requirements. GC is the only provider with a 35 mile radius that has this status.

The rise, and rise, of ransomware and the darknet

The social scene is watching you

Isn’t it great? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter. We are all embracing the power of social media; taking part in a global popularity contest to promote ourselves, our achievements and often our businesses.

Careers Column 10 - Making a late summer application

In the tenth and final installment of the 2016 series of Careers Columns, Ellie Wallace, our Advice and Guidance Coordinator explains the late application process and the things to consider when looking at college as a study option.

#GCTopTips 1: 5 tips for starting your first year at College

Skills training ‘invaluable’ to Flexicare

Gloucester-based healthcare company, Flexicare, has praised the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme delivered by GC and Serco as “invaluable for the company”; helping staff to progress their careers and enable the organisation to meet the needs of the ever-changing business landscape.

Into the heart of darkness!

Cotswold Star Academy launches at The Fish Hotel

"The devolution of Data"

New school year: new opportunity to develop teaching staff

“But we are protected! Where did we go wrong?"

Secure your place for September 2018

The new GC prospectus for 2018/19 is out now, and brimming with reasons to choose us to accelerate your progression into your future career. See for yourself at www.GCprospectus.co.uk

#GCTopTips 2: 4 tips on choosing the right apprenticeship for you

Students experience life-saving technology

Continental Tyres gave our Motor Vehicle students and apprentices a taste of life-saving technology at the inaugural Vision Zero Live event recently held at Cotswold Airport, as part of our new partnership with the global tech brand.

Infiltrate your business with strong leadership

Top chefs to celebrate one year of The Chefs’ Forum Academy

Three of the region’s leading chefs will be cooking up a storm in our Restaurant No.1 kitchen later this month, when we play host to The Chefs’ Forum Academy Showcase; celebrating one year of the exciting partnership.

Achieve business goals and growth with GC

In response to regional demand, Gloucestershire College is launching a Business School to support county employers and enable them to achieve their business goals and growth targets.

Congratulations to our award-winning #Glosbiz partners!

We were delighted once again to sponsor the Growth Business of the Year category in the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Awards, and join 700 business representatives at Cheltenham Racecourse to celebrate the annual high-point of the county business calendar.

Third GC House renovation project underway

After a quiet summer while students enjoyed their holidays, we're back and excited to announce that work on GC House no.3, located on Elmbridge Road in Gloucester, started last week.

Gloucestershire Police dogs give an exciting display to students

This week saw Level 1, 2 and 3 Uniformed Public Services students at our Gloucester Campus continue their series of live displays from a range of public services with a visit from Gloucestershire Police and two of their best police dogs, Stella and Quest.

Commis Chef Apprentices from local businesses had their first masterclass at GC today

The Chefs’ Forum Academy – One Year On

Three top chefs and an award-winning butcher joined forces to inspire and enthuse young chefs at Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham Campus last week. The Chefs’ Forum Academy brings prolific chefs from Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Bath and beyond into the College every Monday to deliver cookery masterclasses in their individual cooking styles.

Driving technical education in Gloucestershire

£1.8m ‘GOAL’ to help SMEs grow through apprenticeships

Gloucestershire College has joined forces with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS), Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited and the University of Gloucestershire to launch GOAL, a regional partnership with one objective: to Grow Opportunities for Apprenticeships Locally.

GC Partners with Dental practices across the county

GC shortlisted for AoC Beacon Apprenticeship Award

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Association of Colleges (AoC) 2017 Beacon Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships.

#GCTopTips 3: 5 tips on making the most out of attending an Open Evening

Catering with Creed for Christmas

Our hospitality and catering students are getting into the festive spirit with Creed Foodservice at The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds, being held at Daylesford Farm from Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 November.

Students improve community spaces in Coleford

Two groups of Gloucestershire College Foundation Studies students have been volunteering their time to help improve community spaces at the Angus Buchanan V.C. Memorial Recreation Ground in Coleford; developing skills as part of their Discovering Independence and Exploring Independence courses.

GC apprenticeships buck national trends

New management apprenticeships accredited by the CMI

Training much more than surface deep at Poeton

Fly through the new forest campus

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to provide prospective students, parents and the local community with an exclusive insight into what the new Forest of Dean Campus will look like, in a flythrough available at www.gloscol.ac.uk/forest-campus

GC wins national apprenticeship award

Gloucestershire College has received national recognition for its innovative apprenticeships programme, winning the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships.

Dumbleton Hall upskills workforce via apprenticeships

Uncovering hidden histories in the GC House

Congratulations to our award-winning staff

Hundreds honoured at Gloucestershire College ceremony

Gloucestershire College honoured the achievements of almost 300 students on Friday 24 November, at its 27th Higher Awards Ceremony held in the grand setting of Gloucester Cathedral. At the annual anticipated event, 91 students who completed their higher education qualifications in 2017 gathered to graduate in person, in front of their proud lecturers and families

#GCTopTips 4: 5 tips on ensuring you meet university application deadlines

GC shortlisted for national TES FE Apprenticeship Award

Happy holidays from the GC House Team

New digital marketing qualification to support your business

Festive cheer at the new forest campus

Gloucestershire College staff and students were full of festive cheer today at the final new campus site visit of 2017, when they presented builders with homemade mince pies to thank them for their hard work so far.

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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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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