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Driving technical education in Gloucestershire

24 October 2017

With the first three T Levels having recently been announced by the education secretary, post-16 career choices have never been a hotter topic.

‘Tech Levels’ in digital, childcare and education, and construction will be taught by a small number of training providers from 2020; kick-starting the transformation of technical education to develop home grown talent and ensure young people have the world class skills and knowledge that employers need.

But Gloucestershire College has long been a driving force in technical education in the county, working with employers to ensure its courses are industry-relevant and students leave work-ready. The main reason people choose Gloucestershire College is because it delivers learning that works for the student, for employers, for the county.

Its technical qualifications already span the range of proposed T Levels, from business, catering, childcare and construction, to creative, engineering, hairdressing and social care, with its bespoke student development programmes incorporating work experience, volunteering, Open Badges, exposure to employers and a dedicated support network – all designed to offer new experiences, challenges and opportunities that will make them ready for the world of work or university. 

Parents and prospective students are invited to find out more and secure their place on a course for 2018 at the November Open Evenings:

  • Monday 6 November – Gloucester Campus, 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 8 November – Forest of Dean Campus, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Monday 13 November – Cheltenham Campus, 5.30pm to 8pm 

There will be a chance to meet lecturers and current students, explore apprenticeships and higher education, find out more about student development opportunities, get impartial advice on career and course choices, and enjoy talks from the Principal and higher education and apprenticeships teams.

Plus, check out industry-relevant facilities across the three campuses, including commercial training restaurants, hair and beauty salons, engineering, construction and motor vehicle workshops, photography studios, a health and social care ward, inspiring libraries and much more.

Buzzing with activity, each campus will offer student demos and have-a-go activities such as molecular gastronomy in Cheltenham, a range of sports in Gloucester and motherboard showcases across all three. 

Plus, find out all about the new Forest of Dean Campus currently being built as part of the Cinderford Northern Quarter development; see a fly through and images, hear about transport links from Stagecoach and discover a range of new courses being offered at the Forest of Dean event.

Principal Matthew Burgess said: “We are proud to be the first choice for those who think differently. Our students choose Gloucestershire College because we offer a unique learning experience like no other; providing the right environment to nurture individual talents and offering opportunities and experiences that make them stand out to employers. 

“Many schools and parents undervalue anything other than the traditional route from school to university, but here at Gloucestershire College we support the technical education reforms, which are vital to help our country become more self-sufficient in skills.

“We understand that every student has different goals, whether that be a specific career, apprenticeship or university, and some are unsure of what they want to do. Whatever your starting point, we will help you understand and choose your future career, and provide the qualifications, skills and experiences to get you there – starting at a November Open Evening.”

Register for your place at a November Open Evening 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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  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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