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The latest from the GC Business Hub

The latest news from the GC Business Hub. 

The GC Business Hub manages and delivers quality apprenticeships and professional training at Gloucestershire College. Working with over 1,000 employers based in Gloucestershire and beyond, the Business Hub is committed to providing award-winning apprenticeships and bespoke employee training for businesses of every size and sector. 

Gloucestershire College’s expert Business Consultants in the Business Hub team will work in partnership with your business to find the right training solutions for your unique requirements. Our Business Hub team can even help recruit new talent for your business as well as upskilling existing members of staff. Please visit: www.gloscol.ac.uk/business-hub to find out more.

You can contact our team via: business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
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