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2022

Covid: January Update

Following the latest government changes to Covid measures on 19 January 2022, we have some updated advice for students attending our campuses.

Minister Julia Lopez meets the ‘cyber talent of tomorrow’ at ADA

We were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Julia Lopez MP, Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure to ADA at Cheltenham Campus; supporting the town’s ambitions and progress in developing the UK’s cyber sector and ecosystem.

“Cyber Security for Your Business” workshop equips local SMEs with essential knowledge to tackle cyber security threats

The last week of January saw Gloucestershire College (GC) welcoming a group of business leaders from Gloucestershire-based SMEs for 2 days of free cyber security training at its Advanced Digital Academy (ADA).

#NAW2022 Getting started: An essential guide to apprenticeships

At Gloucestershire College we are passionate about apprenticeships as the enablers of opportunities for anyone looking to train, re-train or upskill. You can achieve a certificate, diploma, and even a degree level qualification, making apprenticeships a good alternative to university and full-time study. Discover our award-winning apprenticeships across 17 industries with some of Gloucestershire's top employers.

#NAW2022 Minister Julia Lopez meets the ‘cyber talent of tomorrow’ at ADA

Not long before #NAW2022, we were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Julia Lopez MP, Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure to ADA at Cheltenham Campus where she met our IT & Cyber students and apprentices.

#NAW2022 Apprenticeship Case Study: Geoff Goring, Engineering Apprentice Alumni at Dowty Group Services

In celebration of the National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we asked our current apprentices as well as alumni to get in touch and share their stories. You can imagine our delight to hear from Geoff Goring, who was an Engineering apprentice with GC more than 30 years ago, from 1985 until 1988. Here's his story.

#NAW2022 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.

#NAW2022 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?

#NAW2022 8 Things You Need to Know About Apprenticeships

Life has changed for most of us over the past years, 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.

#NAW22 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.

Gloucester campus plant room base

GC Zero Picking Up the Pace

As the pace of the ambitious GC Zero project picks up speed, both campuses now have two drilling rigs in operation and are making great headway in the task of drilling 40 boreholes at each site.

#NAW2022 Apprenticeship Case Study: Finley Walker, L4 Software Tester Apprentice Alumni at Renishaw

As the National Apprenticeship Week is in full swing, we’ve caught up with Finley Walker, our first L4 Software Tester apprentice to have graduated with distinction.

Campus Closure Friday 18 February

Student support and the phone lines will be closed. Should you wish to contact the College, please email us and our teams will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.

Free Cyber Security and Coding Courses to Make you Future-ready

There has never been a better time to break into an industry that is crying out for candidates to protect the nation from cyber-crime, or progress into the digital world using coding skills.

Specialise in Cyber, Network or Software Engineering at University Level

We’re delighted to announce that university-level IT and computing learners can now choose to specialise in cyber security, network engineering or software engineering on their path to achieving a full degree at Gloucestershire College.

GC business breakfast guests enjoy insightful talk from Amazon Web Services

On 17 February, GC’s Restaurant Number One was bustling with over 40 guests enjoying a delicious breakfast prepared by the College’s professional cookery students. After the breakfast, the attendees proceeded to GC’s Advanced Digital Academy (ADA), a state-of-the art digital skills training facility, for presentations and discussion.

Introducing the IT and Cyber Security Apprenticeship Delivery Team at Gloucestershire College.

Training a skilled workforce for Gloucestershire’s booming IT and cyber security industry.

Covid Update: 3 March 2022

Until further advice from the College, students who test positive for COVID or feel unwell should not to come onto campus for 5 days.

GC welcomes cyber employers for Interactive Industry Day

Gloucestershire is set to become the cyber capital of the UK and we are preparing our students by introducing them to employers, ensuring they are ready to become the workforce of the future.

Apprenticeship Open Evening 2022

Hundreds attend GC Apprenticeship Open Evening

More than 300 people descended on our Gloucester campus on Wednesday 16 March 2022 to attend our annual Apprenticeship Open Event. The event, open to everyone aged 16+ interested in training, re-training or upskilling through apprenticeships, invited attendees to discover more about apprenticeships, and to meet Gloucestershire-based employers from a wide range of industries looking to recruit apprentices.

Gloucestershire College reinforces its message to local trade employers: “Now is a perfect time to recruit an apprentice.”

Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020 and 2021 has been partnering with construction and trade employers in the county for the last 30 years.

Construction Apprentices at Elijah Willow

Employer case study: Elijah Willow - Supporting progress in the construction industry

Local construction firm Elijah Willow provides innovative, unique, and high-quality design and build services. This includes full design and build construction, as well as bespoke furniture (creating unique pieces for clients all over the world!), and also small works and property maintenance services.

Gloucestershire College proudly partners with Elijah Willow Construction as their apprenticeship training provider. We caught up with Dan Ponting, Director at Elijah Willow Construction to find out what part apprentices play in his successful business.

Stepping up to the Next Level with T Levels

T Levels are transforming technical education as a high quality alternative to A Levels, combining 80% classroom learning with 20% work placement.

Meet Sarah Atthey, Electrical Installation Lecturer at GC

Sarah Atthey joined the College in July last year as an Associate Lecturer in Electrical, having previously worked in industry for 16 years.

Meet James Turley, Plumbing/Domestic Heating Lecturer at GC

James Turley, Trainer in Construction/Plumbing & Heating has been teaching at the College for 6 years having joined the industry as a 17 year-old apprentice.

Meet Robert Papps, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance at GC

Rob has been with GC for 10 years. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at Ford and 17 years at Volkswagen. "I wanted to pass on my experience and knowledge, to make a difference – teaching allowed me to do that.”

Meet Glen Taylor, Lecturer in Construction at GC

Glen Taylor, GC’s Lecturer in Construction started his personal apprenticeship journey straight out of school and worked as a bricklayer for over 20 years, specialising in site and general brickwork and eventually setting up his own company.

Meet Inigo, Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprentice at Morgan Motor Company

Inigo Turner, a second year Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician apprentice at GC has always wanted to become a car mechanic. We caught up with him to find out how his apprenticeship at GC has supported his ambition.

Meet Alex, Property Maintenance Operative Apprentice at AV1 Building Ltd

"What I love about my apprenticeship is the fact that it’s a gateway into the trade. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn and get a hands-on experience. My dad was an engineering apprentice at Delphi, so I’ve learnt from him that an apprenticeship can set you up for life."

Meet Bradley, Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprentice at LPE Plumbing & Heating

"My advice to anyone deciding what to do after school, weigh your options and don’t rush into getting a degree. I definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship in Plumbing and Domestic Heating, it’s a 4 year commitment, but you learn a lot at the College and also get invaluable trade experience at the employers.”

GC Zero Nearing Completion

As our GC Zero project is nearing completion, a second rig is in place at Gloucester campus to progress the drilling after completing all 40 boreholes at our Cheltenham Campus.

Meet Daniel, Bricklaying Apprentice at Mike Etheridge

“Initially, I studied Engineering at College. I then went into labouring with a gang at Mike Etheridge. I found the job interesting, and they were happy to support me onto an apprenticeship. As a Bricklayer apprentice, I work on projects with companies such as Bovis Homes and Linden Homes. I spend a lot of time onsite helping to build new homes all over Gloucestershire.

Meet Archie, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Apprentice at AAD Plumbing

We're gearing up for the September 2022 starts of our construction and building services apprenticeship programmes at GC. This month, we're catching up with some of our construction and building services apprentices, to see what inspired them to learn a trade and what they enjoy best about being an apprentice.

Meet Mike, Electrical Installation/Maintenance Apprentice at JLEC Electrical

"My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship in electrical, only start an apprenticeship if you are seriously thinking about doing it as a career long term. But if you are, I definitely recommend it."

Covid Update 8 April 2022

Check out the latest Covid policy update for Gloucestershire College students.

Meet the trainer: Anu Duhan, Assessor Trainer in Infrastructure at GC

“I grew up in a family of teachers and I’ve always had an affinity for this profession - it’s a job with a purpose."

Degree apprentices qualify for finals of the Engineering for People Design Challenge

"Both teams have demonstrated strong technical knowledge, as well as innovation, leadership and project management skills. It is going to be a fantastic experience for them to present their design solutions to expert judges in the Grand Final."

E G Carter Building and Construction Logo

Employer case study: E G Carter - Investing in home-grown talent

"Home grown talent upholds ethos, morale and ensures that values of our company remain consistent and integral from generation to generation." - Joshua Carter, Managing Director at E G Carter

Solar panels at Gloucestershire College Gloucester Campus

The final step of the GC Zero Journey

After months of hard work, we’re pleased to say that the major works for our GC Zero project are coming to an end, and all is now in place to make the final connections which will see our Gloucester and Cheltenham campuses switchover to using fully renewable energy.

Using someone’s correct pronouns can support mental health and wellbeing

Natalia at Hub8 during her Business Administration Apprentice

Meet Natalia, Business Administration Apprentice at Hub8

“Business management and administration roles are incredibly beneficial to understanding the basis of how a business is run. This builds upon your professional conduct, customer service skills, and dealing with customer data to a legal standard. It is incredibly beneficial for the real world and can be applied to a variety of other jobs.”

Marketing and Business Apprentices Cameron and Tyler at Hub8 Offices

Meet Cameron, Marketing Apprentice at Hub8

“The best thing about apprenticeships is the ability to learn from a variety of different people to give me as much exposure as possible to all elements of marketing. I would recommend an apprenticeship in Cyber co-working space as it gives you access to a wide amount of people and experience.”

West of England Institute of Technology ADA at Cheltenham Campus for Gloucestershire College

Institutes of Technology ‘The skills to succeed: Meeting the country’s evolving technical skills needs’ Report

New research shows the extent of the South West’s demand for sustainable living, as the majority would consider a home to be worth more money if it was sustainably constructed. A report released alongside the research highlights the technical skills that are needed if the South West’s consumers’ green ambitions are to be met.

Cameron and Tyler Business Administrator Apprenticeship at Hub8 Main Office

Meet Tyler, Business Administrator at Hub8

We caught up with Tyler, a business administrator apprentice at Hub8 to find out more about why he wanted to do an apprenticeship and his career ambitions for the future.

University Level Open Events

Launching University Level Open Events

Discover a great range of options for earning a degree-level qualification with support to launch or further your career in a range of industries.

Degree apprentices win People’s Prize at the Engineering for People Design Challenge

One of the two teams representing Gloucestershire College (GC) and the University of the West of England (UWE) in the Grand Finals have won the People’s Prize of the prestigious, annual Engineers Without Borders’ Engineering for People Design Challenge competition.

GC Zero reaches finals of Green Gown sustainability awards

Gloucestershire College (GC) is thrilled to have been named a 2030 Climate Action finalist in this year’s Green Gown Awards, thanks to its industry-leading GC Zero project and commitment to driving decarbonisation in education.

Seaside for Bucket List at a beach in the summer

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Students

Summer is finally here! Now the weather is warming and exams have finished, you may be wondering how to make the most of your time off. Well look no further as we’ve compiled 10 bucket list ideas for students to do in summer before returning to college.

Gloucestershire College becomes a finalist for Gloucestershire Live Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2022 Award

This is the third year in a row when the College has been recognised for its ongoing contribution to the success of its apprentices and their employers – GC won the Training Provider of the Year in 2021 and 2020.

Matthew Burgess with Hillside and Salix investors at GC Zero ceremony

Gloucestershire College celebrates completion of GC Zero works

After months of hard work, we celebrated the completion of our ambitious GC Zero building works on Friday 22 July, taking us closer to our goal of delivering net zero campuses by 2030 and cementing our place as a leader in driving decarbonisation in the education sector.

Students smiling during the summer holidays

9 Top Tips to Maintaining Good Mental Health during the Summer Holidays

Although we look forward to a break from college and well-earned rest over the summer, it can be difficult to break from our usual routines. Therefore, we have compiled nine useful top tips to support your well-being whether you are a current student or thinking of joining us.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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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
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  • Employers value our students' skills

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

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