GC hosts Forest of Dean Tourism Forum

16 January 2017

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.

120 businesses gathered at the Forest of Dean Campus, where they heard from Patricia Yates, director of strategy and communication at VisitBritain and VisitEngland. She told the audience how the referendum has actually sparked an increase in visitors to the UK from overseas.

Other speakers included; Mari Stevens, director of marketing for VisitWales, Tourism Alliance Chairman, Bernard Donoghue and Executive Director of the Forest and Wye Valley association, Maureen McAllister.

During the forum, Gloucestershire College was able to provide information on the new partnership they have been successful in developing with Serco and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver a free skills programme, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Gloucestershire. Skills Support for the Workforce, which is part-financed by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, provides a range of accredited and bespoke qualifications to meet business needs enabling them to develop and progress their workforce to ensure continuous growth in Gloucestershire.

Under the 14-month programme, Gloucestershire College will work with businesses to support growth by providing free accredited and non-accredited training in areas such as communication, health and safety and team working, and vocationally qualifications like food and beverage service, housekeeping, customer service, retail skills, sales and marketing. Intermediate and higher level skills training including IT, leadership and management training, are also available to develop employees. All training will be designed and aimed at providing the skills for those businesses in the Gloucestershire area who promote and deliver services to build the foot fall economy:

Hari Fell, Owner of Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in Clearwell, said “We are really excited to be taking advantage of the Skills Support for the Workforce project, which will enable us as a business to meet our statutory obligations, whilst providing our staff with the opportunity for structured training to enable them to develop themselves and become more productive in the workplace.

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Assistant Principal Sandra Tyrrell

Sandra Tyrrell, Assistant Principal of the GC Forest Campus said “We were delighted to host the third annual forum -  it has provided an excellent skills building opportunity for the students who helped run the event. 

Our partnership with the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association is really important to us and will enable GC to work closely with local employers is this exciting, rapidly developing industry.”

If you would like to benefit from this free training, please contact Gloucestershire College email business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk or call 01452 563403 for more information.

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