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2021

Remote education provision: information for parents, carers and learners

Read more about what to expect from Gloucestershire College with our remote education provision for pupils.

Employer webinar: Spotlight on HR Apprenticeships

Gloucestershire College’s Business Hub team is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday 20 January at 2pm to discover the Human Resources apprenticeships available at GC, essential for all organisations during these turbulent times. Find out more and book your place here.

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship gets gold seal of approval

Approved by a panel of industry experts, Gloucestershire College’s Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship in collaboration with UWE Bristol has been accredited with ‘Tech Industry Gold’. Read more here.

NAW2021: An Essential Guide to Apprenticeships - Virtual Event

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 taking place on 8-14 February, Gloucestershire College's Business Hub team invites you to join us for this special business event to discover apprenticeships and the incredible impact they are having within organisations across the county and beyond. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Shannon Keating, HR Apprentice at CCP

We caught up with Shannon Keating, Assistant HR Advisor at CCP, who started her career as a Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice with the charity in 2014. After progressing onto Gloucestershire College’s Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship, Shannon then went on to complete her Level 3 Human Resources Support Apprenticeship programme and is aspiring to start her Level 5 programme in the future. Read more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Charlotte Probert, Marketing Apprentice at Dene Magna School

We spoke to Charlotte Probert, Marketing Apprentice at Dene Magna School - part of the Forest of Dean Trust, to find out how her apprenticeship is going and what it’s been like to be an apprentice through lockdown. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Employer Case Study: Forest of Dean Trust – Top tips for mentoring an apprentice

Emily Stigant, ICT Manager at Dene Magna School - part of the Forest of Dean Trust, shared with us how she has mentored her marketing apprentice, Charlotte, and explains why apprenticeships are so beneficial to businesses. Read more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Albie Miller, Digital Marketing Apprentice at Western Global

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with Albie Millier, Digital Marketing Apprentice at Western Global, along with her line manager and Global Head of HR, Yasmin Boudebza, to share their experience of our Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship so far. Read more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Joe Fry, Maintenance Apprentice at Gloucestershire College

Here at Gloucestershire College, apprentices form an invaluable part of our team. We believe in backing local talent right here in Gloucestershire and supporting the next generation. Apprenticeships form a key part of this as they can help an individual to jump-start their career. As part of our National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, Joe has shared his experience of working at GC as an apprentice. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Jasmine Whitaker, Apprentice Hairstylist at Colin John

To celebrate #NAW2021, we thought we’d throw it back to before the pandemic to share the success story of Jasmine Whitaker, Apprentice Hairstylist at Colin John based in Stow-on-the-Wold. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Renishaw engineering apprenticeship applications close this week!

You can apply online now for an engineering apprenticeship at Renishaw. The apprenticeship applications, including those for degree apprenticeships, will close on Friday 12 February 2021 so you need to be quick! Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Emily Malsom, Apprentice Teaching Assistant at Dene Magna School

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We’re delighted to share the apprenticeship experience of Emily Malsom who successfully completed a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at Dene Magna School with Gloucestershire College, and went on to be offered a teacher training post within their maths department. Read more here.

#NAW2021 Employer Case Study: WestRock - Investing in staff through apprenticeships

Through embedding a culture of continual professional development within your organisation, both your employees and your business will benefit. Find out more from Jon Wood, Operations Director at WestRock Tewkesbury, who explains why apprenticeships form a crucial part of their business. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 Why should your business hire an apprentice?

Whilst hundreds of local organisations are great advocates for apprenticeships in the county, there are still many great businesses in Gloucestershire who are yet to reap the rewards of running an apprenticeship programme. Find out why your business should hire an apprentice here.

#NAW21 8 Tips to Ace Your Apprenticeship Interview

Interviewing for an apprenticeship is very similar to how you’d interview for any other job. Only the best candidates get an interview and it’s very competitive. Preparation and research are key; employers are looking for those who have a good understanding of their career choice, as well as their business. Here are our top tips to ace your apprenticeship interview.

#NAW2021 Develop your future with IT and Cyber apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

Have you discovered our exciting IT and Cyber apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College? Proudly working with CyNam and Hub 8, we are connecting local businesses with the brightest talent and working with employers to fill technical skill gaps within their organisations. Discover our range of specialist IT and Cyber apprenticeships available at Gloucestershire College and find out why our programmes are at the cutting edge for IT and cyber training…

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Gary Shaw, Mechanical Analysis Engineer at GE Aviation

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up again with 24-year-old Gary Shaw, Mechanical Analysis Engineer, now he has successfully completed his degree apprenticeship.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Jake Butler, Engineering Degree Apprentice at GE Aviation

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with 19-year-old Jake Butler, an Engineering Degree Apprentice at GE Aviation, who came from Sir Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester after having studied Mathematics, Physics and Product Design A Levels.

#NAW21 Top Tips to Help Your Child Find an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a top option for your child as they think about what to do next after their GCSEs or A Levels. It’s the only route that enables them to earn while they learn, get invaluable on-the-job-experience, and gain a nationally-recognised qualification.

The world of apprenticeships is thriving, particularly in Gloucestershire. With so much information on offer it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we've listed our top tips to help your child find an apprenticeship.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: George Raggatt, Team Leader Apprentice at WestRock

No matter what your career goals are, an apprenticeship can help you achieve them. At Gloucestershire College, we are developing the business leaders of the future. We caught up with George Raggatt, Team Leader at WestRock to find out how his Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship has benefited both his career and his team. Read more here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Jade Nutting, Office Manager and Team Leader Apprentice at HPR Services LTD

No matter what your career goals are, an apprenticeship can help you achieve them. At Gloucestershire College, we are developing the business leaders of the future. Jade Nutting, Office Manager and Team Leader Apprentice at HPR Services LTD, shared with us how her apprenticeship has benefited her skills. Read more about Jade’s experience as an apprentice here.

#NAW2021 Employer Case Study: HPR Services LTD - Growing and developing our workforce from within

HPR Services LTD has grown and developed since they started trading five years ago. The original business model had apprenticeships right at the core of their organisation and this still remains the case today. Through investing in their workforce, HPR has been able to successfully expand with a team of loyal and dedicated employees, many of which have completed apprenticeships to upskill and train. Read more here.

#NAW2021 It’s time for your business to think differently about apprenticeships

As part of #NAW2021, we are busting top myths about employing apprentices to encourage local employers to think differently about how they use them. How many did you think were true?

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Oli Tutton, Engineering Degree Apprentice at Renishaw

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with 21-year-old Oli Tutton, a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Renishaw, who also stars in our NEW engineering showcase video. Check it out here, if you haven’t already.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Jess Faulkner, Engineering Degree Apprentice at GE Aviation

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with 20-year-old Jess Faulkner, an Engineering Degree Apprentice at GE Aviation, who studied Mathematics, Physics and Computing at sixth form whilst working part-time and attending weekend courses to learn more about engineering.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Nathan Morgan, Team Leader Apprentice at Gloucestershire College

When it comes to apprenticeships, at Gloucestershire College we practise what we preach. Many of our staff upskill through apprenticeships and we encourage our team members to keep developing professionally. We spoke to Nathan Morgan, Catering Supervisor at Gloucestershire College, to share his experience of our Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship. Read more here.

#NAW2021 8 Things You Need to Know About Apprenticeships

Life has changed for most of us over the past year, but apprenticeships are still one of the best ways to start your career, if you want to earn while you learn. Here are 8 things you need to know about apprenticeships.

#NAW21 How do I find an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is a little different to applying for a full-time college course and not everyone is guaranteed a role, as they are becoming increasingly competitive. Here we’ve listed the best ways to find you perfect apprenticeship.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Taylor Watson, Cyber Degree Apprentice at Cyber Security Associates

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with Taylor Watson, a Cyber Degree Apprentice at Cyber Security Associates, who also stars in our Gloucester Campus showcase video – check it out here if you haven’t already!

#NAW2021 Employer Case Study: Bloor Homes - Developing skills for the future

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. David Auker-Howlett, Apprentice Master at Bloor Homes shared with us how their apprenticeship programme works, and the continued success of their apprentices, even during a pandemic. Read more

#NAW2021 The West of England Institute of Technology: Join the creators and makers of the future

If you're looking for an apprenticeship and a career in the ever-growing engineering, cyber and computing industry, Gloucestershire College, part of the West of England Institute of Technology, is the place to develop after your college course or A Levels. Find out more about the WEIoT here.

#NAW2021 Getting started: An essential guide to apprenticeships

If you have been considering starting an apprenticeship or you have been thinking about hiring an apprentice for your business, download our essential apprenticeship guide to find out everything you need to know.

Works underway to transform Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham Campus for Cyber, IT and Engineering

The widely anticipated project to create Gloucestershire College’s new £3m Institute of Technology facilities at its Cheltenham campus has commenced.

The redevelopment will see the creation of a brand new cyber and IT area, with specialist computing labs, state of the art attack and defence rooms, forensic tool kits, eco study pods, a dedicated entrance and an open study and networking area. The engineering teaching and learning area is also being extensively refurbished with dedicated spaces for those studying higher level engineering in Cheltenham.

Bridging the technical skills gap: discover IT and cyber apprenticeships at our employer event

Find out how we are enabling employers to access new talent and the essential IT and cyber skills businesses need. Discover our brand new Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship starting this September and our full suite of specialist accredited programmes. Find out more and book your place at our event here.

85 Kickstart roles available with Gloucestershire businesses

Gloucestershire College is delighted to announce that there are 85 vacancies available to motivated young people across Gloucestershire, through the government’s Kickstart Scheme. The new incentive, launched in October, was created to support 16 to 24-year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit, to reduce the risk of them becoming long-term unemployed. It offers a six-month paid job with a local employer, funded by the government.

How to apply for apprenticeship incentives

Any business who hires / has hired a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 is currently eligible to receive the following incentive payments from the government of £2,000 for every new apprentice aged 16-24 and £1500 for every new apprentice aged 25 and over. This is addition to a further £1,000 if the apprentice is aged 16 to 18-years-old. Find out how to apply for these incentives, via the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS).

Scale Up 4 Growth launches in Gloucestershire with £1m of grants available to help the region’s SMEs scale and grow

Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G), a funding and support programme that brings together experts from Gloucestershire College, UWE Bristol and NatWest, will deliver grant funding and support to businesses in Gloucestershire. With £1m of grants available for SMEs, the scheme provides an incredible opportunity for Gloucestershire's businesses to grow. Read more here.

Businesses to now receive up to £4000 for every new apprentice hired before September 2021

In July 2020, the government announced new incentive payments for employers to encourage the recruitment of new apprentices. Originally planned to end on 31 January 2021, the incentive payments have now been extended for a third time to September 2021. The amount each business will receive for every new apprentice hired is also being increased to £3,000 from April 2021. With the existing £1000 incentive for taking on a 16-18 apprentice, this now means businesses will receive up to £4000 per apprentice recruited.

Free rail track maintenance course with guaranteed interview

Gloucestershire College and Betaris Training are aiming to train the next generation of skilled railway workers by offering a free course in rail track maintenance starting Monday 15 March.

Scale Up 4 Growth Employer Online Event for Gloucestershire SMEs

Exclusively for Gloucestershire’s SMEs, find out how your business can access up to £40,000 worth of grants through Scale Up 4 Growth at an online event, hosted by Gloucestershire College in partnership with UWE Bristol and NatWest on Wednesday 31 March at 2pm. Find out more here.

Apprenticeship Case Study: William Lowe, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Apprentice at GE Aviation

As proud champions of apprenticeships in Gloucestershire, we love sharing the success stories of our apprentices here at the College. We caught up with William Lowe, Engineering Apprentice at GE Aviation to find out why chose to do an apprenticeship and what his has experience has been of the course so far.

Apprenticeship Case Study: Steve Cross, Engineering Apprentice at GE Aviation

As proud champions of apprenticeships in Gloucestershire, we love sharing the success stories of our apprentices here at the College. We caught up with Steve Cross, Manufacturing Engineer Apprentice at GE Aviation to discover what made him move into engineering after 10 years in retail.

Apprenticeship Case Study: Thomas Robertson, Engineering Apprentice at Traffic Group Signals

As proud champions of apprenticeships in Gloucestershire, we love sharing the success stories of our apprentices here at the College. We caught up with Thomas Robertson, Engineer Apprentice at Traffic Group Signals to find out how what his job involves as a Test Engineer.

Gloucestershire College - Covid Update

Read the latest Covid update from Gloucestershire College here.

Gloucestershire College leading the way out of digital skills shortage ‘disaster’

The UK could face a “catastrophic gap” in digital skills warned a recent report published by the Learning and Work Institute and WorldSkills UK. Despite the report’s findings – one being that nationally, young people studying IT subjects is declining – Gloucestershire College has again bucked the trend, with an increased demand for its IT, cyber and digital courses and apprenticeships. Student applications for September 2021 starts have significantly grown across the board, with applications for the College’s university level courses – computing and digital degrees, HNCs and HNDs increasing by a massive 143% year on year. Find out more here.

Lifetime skills guaranteed with free adult courses

We’re helping Gloucestershire get back on its feet by offering a wide range of courses to adults for FREE, as part of the government-backed Lifetime Skills Guarantee scheme.

Employer case study: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Tewkesbury - HR Apprenticeship Success

Gloucestershire College proudly partners with Trelleborg Sealing Solutions as their apprenticeship training provider. We caught up with Tony Collingwood, General Manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Tewkesbury to find out why HR apprenticeships have formed an essential part of their business. Read more here.

Apprenticeship Case Study: Daniel Burch, Digital Marketing Apprentice at Tree Shop

Gloucestershire College proudly works with Tree Shop to train their new Digital Marketing Apprentice, Daniel. Tree Shop, based in the Forest of Dean, is a successful online business producing thousands of orders every year. Owners John and Walter Davis have great ambitions for the business and welcomed Daniel to their team in November 2020 with an exciting job role combining a love of the outdoors and nature with the technical skills of digital marketing. We caught up with Daniel to find out how his apprenticeship is going so far. Read more here.

Employer Case Study: Integra Schools - Training the future of the IT industry

Gloucestershire College works with employers across the region to train both new apprentices and current employees through IT and cyber apprenticeships to develop the future of the industry. One of our key employer partners is South Gloucestershire Council and Integra Schools - the trading arm of the Council. We have worked with their team for a number of years now training their IT apprentices. We caught up with Moira Watt Abley, ICT Engineer and Service Desk Officer at Integra Schools to find out why apprenticeships are so valuable for training the future of the IT industry and the important role they play within their business. Read more here.

Apprentice case study, Morgan - Infrastructure Technician Level 3 Apprentice with Gloucestershire College at Integra Schools. Integra logo in white circle with a computer in the background.

Apprenticeship Case Study: Morgan Hussey, ICT Helpdesk Technician Apprentice at Integra Schools

We spoke to Morgan about what day to day life is like as a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprentice with Gloucestershire College working at Integra Schools. If you're thinking about pursuing a career in IT, an apprenticeship is a great route to train and gain hands on experience. Find out more below.

Tewkesbury and Cheltenham lead the way as SMEs flood in to claim grants of up to £40,000 through Scale Up 4 Growth - Image showing outside Gloucestershire's Cheltenham campus with Scale Up 4 Growth logo in circle.

Tewkesbury and Cheltenham lead the way as SMEs flood in to claim grants of up to £40,000 through Scale Up 4 Growth

Scale Up 4 Growth has received an astonishing number of applications for the scheme designed to help businesses grow. The impact of the pandemic and the rise of start-up businesses during lockdown means the demand for funding grants like Scale Up 4 Growth is higher than ever. Find out more here.

GC Apprentice Finalist in South West Business and Community Awards

Congratulations to Leanne Finch who is a finalist the 2021 South West Business and Community Awards, nominated for ‘Apprentice of the Year.’ Leanne won the award in 2020 and is back for a second year to reclaim her title. We caught up with Leanne to congratulate her on this amazing achievement.

GC sponsors Cheltenham Science Festival

We’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of an exciting event in this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival, entitled Level Up: The Power of Gaming, which promises to showcase the positive steps being made to create a more diverse and inclusive gaming world.

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