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Explore construction, catering and apprenticeships at Skillsfest

8 March 2016
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Gloucestershire College is inviting ambitious school leavers, students and those looking to explore their career options to find out about its construction and catering courses, as well as apprenticeships, at Gloucestershire Skillsfest 2016, the county’s largest careers and skills event.

Taking place at The Growth Hub on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March, the first day will feature the College’s very own Happy Chef, Shaun Naen, from the renowned Chefs on Tour Team. Along with some of his best Level 3 catering students, Shaun will be demonstrating how to prepare and cook a range of Asian street foods, including satay chicken and noodle dishes.

Ideal for those considering a career as a chef, like former student and Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, the demo will not only inspire visitors to get cooking but also give them the chance to see the skills they would learn, and taste the types of food they would cook, as catering students at GC.

Both days will see the GC Construction team host bench joinery have-a-go sessions, as well as provide a variety of tools for visitors to handle as they demonstrate safe working practices. There will also be photographs on display of the house the College recently bought in Gloucester as a renovation project for its construction and building services students; over 400 students will gain practical work experience thanks to this project.

The College’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship teams will also be available to discuss the options that can help young people achieve their dream careers in industries including engineering, IT, construction, hairdressing, care and catering. Plus they will have the latest list of apprenticeship vacancies, which visitors can apply for online or via the GC Business Hub.

Also in attendance on both days will be the College’s Advice Team, who can help young people understand the education options available to them, as well as provide information on all college courses and help make applications on the day.

Peter White, Vice Principal, said: “It is important that schoolchildren and young people are aware of, and understand, all of their education and career options, whether that be Sixth Form, professional or technical training, or an apprenticeship. At Gloucestershire College we have an expert, impartial Advice Team who can help young people choose the route that is right for them and will be available to speak to students, parents and careers advisers throughout Skillsfest.”

Those interested in visiting Gloucestershire College at the Skillsfest can register for their free place online at

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