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Enrolment: Your Guide to Join GC

Our November Open Events are back!

Sign up for our November Open Events today to meet our expert lecturers and support teams, find out more about your options and check out our facilities. 

Be prepared for your next steps and sign up in under 60 seconds today.  

Skills Bootcamps - Register Today

NEW Skills Bootcamps in web development and IT support are intensive short courses for those looking to fast-track to a career in the booming cyber industry. Supported by the Government's Plan for Jobs, you'll get a guaranteed, fast track interview with a local employer too.

Evening courses are BACK!

Whether you want to create insta-worthy floral arrangements, make your own clothes, learn a language or pen your first novel, there’s a creative evening course at GC for you.

Finance your future

Looking for a new challenge to increase your earning potential? Our part-time accounting courses can be FREE to study, depending on your circumstances. Level 2 AAT courses starting in Cinderford, Cheltenham and Gloucester this September. Secure your place today!

Kickstart Job Vacancies

There are 200 paid work placements available in Gloucestershire's best businesses NOW, from marketing and management to engineering, hospitality and more.

For those aged 16-24, in receipt of Universal Credit, who want to climb the career ladder. 

Want to get started in cyber?

Register your interest to be the first to sign up for NEW evening/weekend cyber courses for adults, taking place in our new £3m training centre in Cheltenham.

Refresh or retrain for your career move

Gain the skills and confidence 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, whether you are long-term unemployed or have recently been made redundant. 

FREE online short courses

Retrain for a new career or improve skills in your current one. Online courses available in business, IT, care and more, to study at home when it suits you. Flexible, free and with dedicated online support.

Keep learning, wherever you are

Our new range of online-only, remote and blended courses cover business, finance, health and social care, Access to HE, apprenticeships and FREE short courses. Ensuring you can continue to develop around home and work life, or even prepare for a career change.

Professional short courses

Improve workplace productivity and upgrade employees' skills with our range of affordable professional short courses in business, IT, HR and management.

Traineeships for 16-24 year olds

Motivated and looking for your big break? Skills Accelerator and Traineeships can help you reach your goals. An 8-week course in valuable work skills with a 6-week work placement and full support with your English, maths and CV writing to give you that all-important work experience employers love.

News

There is always something going on at GC!

Catch up on the latest stories from the College, from student successes and award wins to inspiring case studies and top tips.

Read testimonials from our employer partners, updates from our three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean, plus, go behind-the-scenes in our exclusive picture galleries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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