Gloucestershire College is training the future the cyber and IT industry. Proudly working with CyNam and Hub 8, the College is connecting local businesses with the brightest talent and working with employers to fill technical skill gaps within their organisations.
Pauline Connolly, Head of GC’s Business School, shines a spotlight on the range of specialist IT and Cyber apprenticeships available at Gloucestershire College and explains why their programmes are at the cutting edge for IT and cyber training…
Committed to developing the next generation of tech talent
At Gloucestershire College, we are proud to offer a large portfolio of specialist IT and cyber apprenticeships. All our programmes are designed and developed with employers to ensure they deliver the right skills and knowledge for their workforce.
IT and cyber forms an important part of Gloucestershire College as we want to develop the next generation of talent. We have so many exciting cyber and IT developments happening locally in Cheltenham and Gloucester, it truly is the ecosystem of the county. We must provide employers with the next generation of exceptional talent and skills to help businesses prosper.
At the cutting edge
We have been running our new apprenticeship standards for IT and cyber for the last three years. But that doesn’t mean they have stayed the same. Our standards are constantly updating to keep up with the incredibly fast-paced industry, ensuring our apprentices are always at forefront of technology and that we provide the very best training for local businesses.
That’s the most important thing about our apprenticeships. They are current, agile, fluid and flexible – designed to suit the requirements of both our employers and apprentices.
Our portfolio of IT courses has grown to offer our apprentices and employers a total of seven different pathways to specialise within the IT and cyber industry.
IT and Cyber apprenticeship programmes at Gloucestershire College:
- Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship Level 6
- Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
- Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
- Software Developer Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
- Software Developer Apprenticeship Level 4
- Software Tester Apprenticeship Level 4
- Network Engineer Apprenticeship Level 4
We are constantly working to add new pathways and specialisms to our offering at Gloucestershire College to meet the needs of businesses here in Gloucestershire.
Outstanding facilities and learning
We are proud to be part of the WEIOT (West of England Institute of Technology) which not only recognises our commitment to the future of technical talent but has provided us with £3 million to develop world-leading facilities at our Cheltenham campus.
The prototype rooms developed at our Gloucester campus ahead of the launch in 2021, provide our apprentices with a taste of what’s to come. Our cyber rooms are completely off-network and are equipped with the latest, cutting edge equipment and software to ensure our apprentices and students get the very best from their learning.
Our IT and cyber teams are headed up by a team of industry experts consisting of Andrew Cracknell, Bob Higgie, Emma Littlefair and Len Shand who collectively deliver GC’s IT and Cyber apprenticeships in Infrastructure, Software, Networking and Cyber Security. Each with their own specialisms and successful careers within the industry, they are able to put real-world experience into their teaching.
Applying knowledge and skills in the workplace
It’s all about both knowledge and competence. We have designed our IT apprenticeships to be delivered in block release. Apprentices come into college for a whole week to intensively learn a subject. They then take the knowledge they have learnt back to their workplace to implement it. Our team of trainers and assessors then come out to our apprentices in their workplace to help put the theory into practice by working on projects to build their competencies around it.
Open to all
We have a range of starts throughout the year. If the demand is greater from employers, we will put on even more cohorts.
Apprenticeships are not just for 16-18 year olds or school leavers. Apprentices can join at any age and they don’t need to be brand new employees. Apprentices can be existing employees who are developing their knowledge and skills further to progress within an organisation. Our oldest apprentice is actually 54 at Gloucestershire College. Apprenticeships are open to all and provide a brilliant route to train, whether that is at entry or an advanced level.
Trusted by over 1,000 employers
We work with over 1,000 employers to deliver apprenticeships across our full range of apprenticeship programmes. More and more businesses are realising the value of apprenticeships for their organisation and we are working with new employers every day.
Across our seven pathways for IT and Cyber apprenticeships, we work with a broad range of employers from global giants to local start-ups.
Contact Gloucestershire College’s Business Hub team
The Business Hub team at Gloucestershire College works with employers to understand their needs and requirements for training. The Business Hub can help your businesses to advertise vacancies and screen candidates to find the right match or will work with you to upskill and develop your current members of staff to reach their full potential.
Get in touch with Gloucestershire College’s Business Hub team for more information about their IT and Cyber apprenticeships by emailing: email@example.com or calling: 01452 563400.
To explore Gloucestershire College’s full range of IT and Cyber apprenticeship programmes, please visit: www.gloscol.ac.uk/campaigns/tech-talent
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