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FREE courses for adults

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.

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.

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).

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.

#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.

#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!

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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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