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ADA: Advanced Digital Academy

Discover our £3 million ADA: Advanced Digital Academy at our Cheltenham Campus.

  • Hands-on courses and apprenticeships
  • Located next to GCHQ and the UK's new cyber park
  • Industry-standard kit and software


Check out ADA: The Advanced Digital Academy

As part of our partnership in the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT), £3 million has been invested in engineering lab equipment and a state-of-the-art cyber training centre known as ADA: The Advanced Digital Academy, named after Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.

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Institute of Technology

Gloucestershire College is proud to work with Weston CollegeUniversity of the West of England (UWE Bristol)Yeovil College and Bath College as academic partners in The West of England Institute of Technology.

We also work with industry-leading employers to ensure that the courses we develop align with the latest technical industry advancements. We are delighted to have on board Gloucestershire strongholds including GE Aviation, Renishaw and Bamboo Technology Group as key employer partners.

As part of the WEIoT, we offer employer introductions and invaluable work experience and study links for our students, as well as an apprenticeship team to match up apprentices with suitable employers.

Employer Partners

GE Aviation

“We have been running successful Engineering Apprenticeship programmes with Gloucestershire College for over 10 years, helping to provide the Aviation Industry with a pipeline of the brightest talent.  The new engineering labs and resources at Gloucestershire College will provide all apprentices with the optimum educational workspace, complemented by outstanding training and mentoring provided by their tutors.  With so many industry-leading local employers and the advanced educational facilities to match, top-talent have all the support and opportunities they need to succeed right here in Gloucestershire.”


“Regardless of the current economic climate, it is of paramount importance that we provide the next generation with access to the very best technical facilities and education to keep abreast of our rapidly evolving and progressive industry. Gloucestershire College’s brand new engineering facilities funded by the West of England Institute of Technology and connections with leading employers will provide the best opportunities for students and apprentices to flourish. We are very much looking forward to seeing the new engineering labs in action and are proud to work with Gloucestershire College and its WEIoT academic partners to develop the future of the engineering industry.”

Bamboo Technology Group

“With our offices based within their Cheltenham campus, Gloucestershire College has given us a great opportunity to work with them in a technology hot spot, located right next to GCHQ and the new cyber park. The new facilities at Gloucestershire College, funded through the IoT, will nurture and educate a critical talent pool and develop the future leaders of our industry. Students will thrive in their cutting edge learning environment with access to many leading cyber organisations right on the doorstep.”

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