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Gloucestershire College branching out into Bristol

Gloucestershire College is branching into Bristol having opened a new training venue in the iconic Castlemead Bristol building.

The college will be delivering a range of course designed to help people get back into work from the tallest high-rise building in the city.

The building sits close to Castle Park and Cabots Circus on the edge of the city centre and offers 360 degree views across the city.

The award-winning training provider will offer courses covering IT, skills for job seekers, care, office administration and hospitality and retail, starting next month.

Thanks to funding awarding by the West of England Combined Authority, each course is available free of charge to adults in receipt of certain benefits.

They are also available to people who are employed and have annual earnings less than £16,009.50.

The two-part IT Skills course will provide an opportunity for those with little or no computer experience to understand the basics of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as the internet and emails.

While Skills for Job Seekers aims to develop confidence in online job applications, CVs and interviews.

The Course 2 Career series will provide learners with a range of qualifications (Levels 1 to 3) to support them in careers across the care, office administration and hospitality and retail industries.

Andy Bates, Chief Financial Officer at Gloucestershire College, said: "We're excited to be extending our community outreach and pre-employability offer further afield, particularly at such an iconic building as Castlemead Bristol.

"With support from WECA, we are able to prepare adults with the skills and qualifications needed for work, apprenticeships and further learning, as well as daily life.

"Our course offer is inclusive and tailored to meet the needs of the West of England Combined Authority area, which will ultimately benefit both residents and businesses.

"The building itself takes prime position in central Bristol; it's the tallest in the city and exceptionally well connected by foot, car, bus or train - plus it's just a minute's walk from Cabot Circus.

"We look forward to welcoming learners at our new Bristol home."

The College is accepting applications now for courses starting in October. for more information  visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/jobsmart  

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