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Dig Deeper into a Construction Trade

Brand new full-time trade courses from September 2020 - 2021.


Specialise in a trade and become an expert

Improve your employment prospects and maximise your earning potential with our nationally recognised, specialist trade qualifications in bricklaying, carpentry, dry lining and plumbing

There are a variety of work opportunities within the construction sector across residential and commercial projects; with the potential for self-employment; starting your own business; contractual and permanent work.

Employers are looking for well-trained trades' people to do all sorts of work from small residential jobs to large construction sites. Depending on what trade you specialise in, the average annual salary can range from £23,500 to almost £30,000 per year.

Industry-experienced lecturers and well-equipped facilities

Learn from lecturers who have many years of site experience. They'll teach you skills employers need in our specialist bricklaying, carpentry, dry lining and plumbing workshops. All of which have plenty of industry-standard tools and equipment.

You'll find workshops at all of our campuses, at our Gloucester Campus they span two floors. Our spacious workshops are perfect for the social distancing measures that we’ll be putting in place ready for September. 

Many of our full-time courses include an element of work experience opportunities to enhance a job application.

Commitments from the local authorities within Gloucestershire total around 60,000 additional homes across the county by 2031.

GFirst LEP, Local Industry Report 2019

Flexibility to change to an apprenticeship

We’re the leading provider of apprenticeships in the county, working with the largest network of Gloucestershire’s best businesses.

We understand that nationally apprenticeships are tricky to find at the moment, after a pause in construction due to Covid19. 

Apprenticeships can start until mid-October and January, so if you find an employer during your course or the perfect job vacancy, it’s easy for you to switch to an apprenticeship.


The people I’ve met – especially my lecturer – are really easy to talk to. The facilities are wonderful and all in order; it’s very easy to pick out and find what you need. Carpentry is fun and enjoyable, and sets you up for the rest of your life. I feel really prepared for life after college and the skills I’ve learnt are useful in daily life.
Ben Mason, Level 2 Carpentry

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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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

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.