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Boost your CV with a Professional Development Course at Gloucestershire College

3 January 2017

Are you looking to add another string to your bow to stand out to employers in today’s competitive job market? Or perhaps you want to develop in your existing role or pursue a new career entirely in 2017.

Whatever your goal might be, Gloucestershire College can help you upskill in your spare time or on a fast-track basis, leaving you equipped with an industry recognised professional qualification.

The College is offering a range of part-time and intensive courses across its three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean, which start from January 2017.

Courses are available in a range of subject areas, including business, catering, counselling hairdressing, beauty therapy, engineering and teaching, with qualifications spanning levels 1 to 4. Those aged 19 or over, studying at Level 3 and above may be eligible to receive an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of their tuition.

Professional business courses on offer include AAT Access and ACCA Accounting Technician qualifications and the Certificate in Human Resource Practice - all of which are typical requirements by employers in the finance and human resources sectors.

The College also offers a variety of courses for those in the construction industry, including ACS Gas Safety training, courses in Electrical Installation and Portable Appliance Testing and a 12-week intensive Level 2 Plumbing course.

Those in the catering and hospitality industry can attend one day courses to gain essential industry certificates in CIEH Food Safety and the BIIAB Award for Personal License Holders.

Intensive hairdressing and beauty therapy courses provide a fast-track route to a professional qualification, ideal for those already working in the industry who wish to gain additional skills. These are offered at Level 2 in Beauty Therapy, Nail Services, Barbering, Hairdressing and Make Up.

The College can also help aspiring teaching assistants and associate teachers gain nationally recognised qualifications at levels 2 to 4, as well as those looking to begin a career in counselling or the care sector, with introductory courses across a range of areas.

Vice Principal Peter White said: “We’re very proud of the broad range of professional courses we offer to part-time students, which enable them to enhance their career prospects and come out with industry recognised qualifications.

“Courses are designed to meet the time constraints of those with busy lives, delivering highly focused training which will improve career prospects or provide an avenue to a new career entirely.

“The flexibility of part-time study also offers the opportunity for employers to develop their staff to meet industry demands.”

The new Part-time and Professional Course Guide is available to download now at:

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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