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Lifetime skills are guaranteed with our FREE courses for adults in trades, finance, management and care. If you're aged 19+ and don't have a Level 3 qualification, apply today to change the course of your future.

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.

Professional short courses

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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#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: 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.

#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.

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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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