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Gloucestershire launches higher and degree apprenticeship programme

12 April 2016
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Further and higher education providers in Gloucestershire are inviting employers from across the county and South West to ‘Think Higher’ on Friday 15 April, by choosing higher and degree level apprenticeships for their workforce.

Apprenticeship programmes can lead to many different levels of qualifications, and it is now possible to achieve higher education qualifications, including a full honours degree, through an apprenticeship. Higher and degree apprenticeships provide more choice for people looking for a higher level qualification. They are the best combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning, and also great news for employers, making businesses more competitive and more productive whilst retaining and attracting a more talented workforce.

The launch of the Think Higher Campaign at The Growth Hub in Gloucester, is an exciting and unique collaboration between Gloucestershire College, Cirencester College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and the University of Gloucestershire.

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As well as finding out about the latest apprenticeship offer, experts will be on hand to explain the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, being introduced by the government in 2017 for all large employers. From next year, large employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to meet the costs of supporting their staff to take higher and degree apprenticeships. There will also be one-to-one advice clinics on how your company could benefit from an apprentice.

Matthew Burgess, Principal of Gloucestershire College said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with key education providers across Gloucestershire to simplify higher apprenticeships for employers. I believe that higher apprenticeships will attract the attention of both ambitious young people and current talent within Gloucestershire’s workforce, as they enable individuals to study for a higher level qualification, to earn a salary, and to gain professional accreditation, whilst benefitting from a clear career pathway.”

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire added: “We’re working in partnership with the colleges to ensure there are clear progression routes for learning. We want to expand the range of higher and degree apprenticeships available, because they offer attractive training options for both students and employers, leading to valuable qualifications.  They will help people working in Gloucestershire to gain the skills and qualifications needed for county-wide economic growth and help employers to recruit the staff they need locally.”

Principal of SGS College Stroud, Sara-Jane Watkins explained: “The apprenticeship offer nationally is changing. The introduction of higher and degree level apprenticeships will provide businesses and leaners with more options when it comes to choosing a higher level qualification. SGS College is pleased to be part of the ThinkHigher collaboration, which is proactively taking steps to offer local SMEs and large employers the opportunity to further their knowledge in this area and looks forward to welcoming businesses from the region to the event on 15th April.”

Kim Clifford, Principal of Cirencester College explains: “Gloucestershire Colleges and the University of Gloucestershire bring together excellence in education in Gloucestershire with a wealth of industry specialists who put the employer and the apprentice at the heart of learning. All four institutions have a track record of experience and expertise of working with employers and people to maximise their potential.”

You can register your place at the Think Higher Launch by visiting the Think Higher website

For further information contact Sara Popp on 01285 626237 or email

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