13 engaging apprenticeships offered by Gloucestershire College

Businesses of all sizes are increasingly adopting apprenticeships to address skills shortages, bring fresh perspectives, promote diversity and enhance employee retention — and SoGlos rounds up 13 programmes available at Gloucestershire College you can choose to pursue.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
From marketing and engineering to hairdressing and hospitality, Gloucestershire College has a brilliant variety of apprenticeships on offer — with some intakes starting as early as January 2024.
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Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College is an innovative provider of professional and technical training, offering courses and apprenticeships for school leavers, adults and businesses across its campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Awarded Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2022, the college works with more than 1,000 employers to deliver bespoke training programmes, ensuring businesses have the right skills and staff for growth.

In today's shifting employment landscape, an organisation's success hinges on the continual development of its workforce — and apprenticeships have emerged as a powerful tool for achieving these goals. They provide structured, cost-effective training, fostering industry-relevant skills and behaviours in employees; this approach helps businesses align talent with their needs and culture while reducing recruitment expenses.

Gloucestershire College offers pathways from Level 2 to degree helping local companies across a wide range of sectors fulfil their skills needs — either by bringing in a new apprentice, for which the college offers free recruitment support, or by training existing staff, which is becoming increasingly important. SoGlos rounds up 13 of GC's programmes on offer. 

Business and Professional Services

AAT Accountancy apprenticeships (Level 2 to Level 4) at Gloucestershire College

With the next intake for this apprenticeship starting in January 2024, the accountancy apprenticeships are designed for junior and entry level accounting roles, providing a solid foundation in finance administration.

Core areas of the Level 2 study include bookkeeping transactions and controls; elements of cost; using accounting software; and working effectively in finance. This qualification is a great place to start as it helps trainees to develop the skills needed to work in an accounts department.

Business Administration Level 3 apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College

This apprenticeship standard is suitable for business administrators working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services.

Spanning record and documentation production, planning and organisation, project management, business fundamentals and managing performance, this apprenticeship offers an affordable way for employers to build their talent pipeline.

HR apprenticeships Level 3 and Level 5 at Gloucestershire College

To support the growth of dynamic HR professionals, Gloucestershire College has developed HR training programmes which are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The Level 3 qualification helps trainees to give advice on a wide range of HR matters, such as handling daily enquiries, record keeping on HR systems, providing relevant information to the business and working with the business on HR changes; while the HR Consultant Level 5 Apprenticeship enables employees to develop their skills and take on more responsibility in people management whilst also broadening their knowledge.

Marketing professional (multi-channel) CIM Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

The multi-channel marketer apprenticeship is curated for marketing assistants, marketing administrators and social media assistants to define, design, build and implement campaigns across a variety of platforms to drive customer engagement and retention.

Training is delivered in the workplace with a mixture of face-to-face and remote sessions and takes place over an 18-month period, plus a five month's end-point assessment. 

Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Developed with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for first line managers, team leaders and supervisors with responsibility for supporting, managing and developing team members, this apprenticeship helps to support those new to managing projects, who are responsible for planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans or resolving problems.

The Level 3 qualification will focus on a selection of useful strategies from leading and managing people, and project management to finance, decision making and taking responsibility.

IT, Cyber, Software and Digital solutions

Information Communications Technician Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Designed for businesses of all sizes and sectors, the Level 3 Information Communications Technician Apprenticeship provides the essential technical skills needed within any organisation.

Training will be delivered both in Gloucestershire College and in the workplace, taking up to 24 months to complete. Intake for this apprenticeship will go ahead from January 2024.

DevOps Engineer Level 4 at Gloucestershire College

DevOps functions are beneficial for businesses, from helping streamline software development and deployment processes to improved collaboration and competitive advantage. This programme covers scripting and coding, designing on-prem and Cloud architectures to meet business needs, applying a secure SDLC and more.  

This sought-after apprenticeship lasts 24 months, as well as an end-point assessment, and will be delivered both in college and in the workplace. Next intake will take place in February 2024. 

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Integrated Degree (Software or Network Engineer specialisations) at Gloucestershire College

Delivered by Gloucestershire College and in partnership with the University of West England (UWE), this apprenticeship is suitable for those providing technology enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers, in a range of areas including software, business and systems analysis, cyber security, data analysis and network infrastructure. 

The duration of this programme is 42 months, plus six months for an end of point assessment and covers core areas such as information systems, computer and network infrastructure, IT project management, systems development and more. 

Cyber Security Technician Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Ideal for both new recruits and current employees, Gloucestershire College's cyber apprenticeships are at the cutting edge, taught by industry experts at Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol in its £3m training facility, ADA.

Taking place across 12 months, plus three months for an end of point assessment, this programme teaches individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary; and to support secure and uninterrupted business operations of an organisation through the implementation of cyber security mechanisms and the application of cyber security procedures and controls.


Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 at Gloucestershire College

The cornerstone of construction and trade training in Gloucestershire, this apprenticeship standard is suitable for those whose primary role is to optimise property condition and quality, ensuring the building is kept in a safe working condition.

Taking place across 18 months plus three months for an end-point assessment, the programme covers core areas such as health and safety and organisational safety policies and procedures to repairs to the fabrics of a building and water hygiene. The next intake for this takes place in January 2024. 


Engineering apprenticeships from Level 3 to Level 6 at Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College is passionate about nurturing engineers for the future and encouraging new talent into the industry — and this programme is a great place to start. 

During the programmes, apprentices will learn how a business works, gaining invaluable insight from colleagues, bringing fresh ideas into an organisation and working on real life projects, ranging from Level 3, through to degree level. 


Catering and Hospitality apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

From production chef and commis chef to hospitality team member and hospitality supervisor, the catering and hospitality apprenticeships offer the opportunity to recruit or upskill. 

Offering a great route to working in the hospitality industry, apprenticeships will cover a variety of core areas including culinary skills, food safety, professional skills and food knowledge. 


Hair Professional Level 2 and Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

If you've ever wanted to pursue a career in hair, both the Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship and Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship are a great place to start — and with no upper age limit, apprenticeships are an affordable training option for business owners and training leaders to recruit or upskill their current workforce. 

Apprentices will learn a range of skills such as consultation; shampoo, condition and treatment for hair and scalp; cutting for fashion and classical techniques; colour and lightening; and more. 

For more information, visit gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

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