At Gloucestershire College we are committed to preparing you for your next step, whether that be employment, further study, higher education or an apprenticeship. Your ambition is our ambition and we make it our mission to help you get there!
You will take part in work experience placements as part of your programme of study. GC is committed to working with employers to ensure you have as much experience as possible during your time with us. We know this makes a real difference to the students that local employers are recruiting and to your potential success as an Apprentice or a future student.
At GC you will have the opportunity to personalise your study programme by choosing the best development for YOU.
Through one or more of the following:
- Additional work experience
- Sports and activities
- Training and development
If you are studying a Level 3 course then you will be expected to undertake a substantial Work Placement as part of your programme. Drop into the Student Hub on any campus to find out more.
Learning Mentors are here to support you throughout your journey at GC. They will support you to be safe, successful and stay on track. They support students alongside academic tutors to make sure you have everything you need to learn successfully. They can make links with staff across the college including the Learning Support team, Advice and Guidance, Employment coaches and Safeguarding Officers.
At Level 1 and 2, your student development work will ensure you have the skills and knowledge to start working independently out in business, whilst providing you the opportunity to work with employers. You will cover key topics in health and safety, safeguarding, building confidence and resilience and learning about your rights and responsibilities as an employee. We cover this in an embedded way at Level 3.
We have a dedicated Employability Team across our three campuses, who support students in completing their continuous professional development (CPD) hours. They help all students gain meaningful work experience and advertise opportunities for part-time employment and volunteering.
They are here to help all students explore new work placement ideas and support them in completing the number of compulsory hours required on courses such as Early Years and Health and Social Care. Also they will help students attain and improve skills employers look for, including practising interview skills, building a great CV and generally connecting with the world of work, alongside your academic programme.