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Refresh or retrain for your career move

Gain the skills to get the job you want with our range of free courses designed to help jobseekers refresh, retrain and prepare to re-enter the workplace. 

Skills Bootcamps

Fast-track your career in Cyber Security with intensive courses in web development and IT support and get a guaranteed interview with a local employer too. 

Lifetime skills guaranteed with free adult courses

24 March 2021

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. 

The new range of courses are fully funded for those aged 19 and over, who don’t hold a full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A Levels), and aim to transform the system to ensure more adults, regardless of age or background, can get the skills they need to gain a lifelong career, or progress in their current one.

Courses are delivered part-time on campus or self-study online, to fit around existing work and home commitments, and are usually paid for by the learner or a loan – with some usually costing over £5,000.

Some courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM); some are trade-specific and require experience or other qualifications as part of the entry criteria, while others are open to those looking to launch a career in the care or business sectors.

Courses available include:

  • NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations
  • NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations
  • Level 3 Electrical Installation
  • AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management (online)
  • Understanding Mental Health (online)
  • Dementia Care (online)
  • End of Life Care (online)

These free courses all start before 31st July and are expected to be hugely popular, so we recommend those interested apply soon to secure a place. 


For those interested in other adult courses, we offer a range of online short courses in IT, business, nutrition and care, as well as evening and leisure courses, and professional short courses.


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.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.