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As Gloucestershire’s Training Provider of the Year 2022, Gloucestershire College works with over 1,200 employers to upskill and develop their workforce through a wide range of apprenticeships across many industry areas including engineering, IT and cyber, construction, business and professional services, catering and more.

Meet the Employer Training & Apprenticeships team who is at the heart of GC’s employer engagement and find out about the most common misconceptions about apprenticeships that they have heard.

#Apprenticeships are for only for school leavers

“Many companies are not realising that apprenticeships are open to anybody aged 16-plus who have an employer and to existing members of staff wishing to upskill. We offer pathways from Level 2 to degree helping local companies fill in their skills needs – either by bringing in a new apprentice, for which we offer free recruitment support, or by training existing staff, which is becoming increasingly important.” - Dawn Morgan, Business Development Manager

#Apprenticeships aren’t relevant for my business

“Whilst traditionally apprenticeships started in industries such as engineering and trade, they now span a whole host of sectors including cyber and IT, marketing, management, finance. Even if your business isn’t thinking in this way – more and more people are!” Alan Mulrooney, Sr. Business and Apprenticeships Executive

#Apprenticeships aren’t for current employees

“Employers often forget that they can upskill their existing staff through apprenticeships rather than having to recruit new staff. This can be to fill key skill gaps in their business or boost employee motivation by investing in their development and improve retention rates.” - JadeWilce, Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive

#Apprenticeships are expensive

“Many employers are still unaware of the government funding available for apprenticeships which often means training costs are minimal; many employers can utilise the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme to train existing members of staff, to help them progress within their organisation.” - Sarah Thorne, Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive

#Apprentices don’t stay with their employer once they are qualified

“In our experience, approximately 9 out of 10 GC apprentices stay with their employer upon completion. I always tell employers who are considering an apprenticeship that it is one of the best investments in the future success of their business.” - Sian Pirone, Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive

Introducing the Employer Training & Apprenticeships Team


Dawn Morgan


Business Development Manager - IT& Cyber Security, Telecommunications, Transport & Logistics

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Alan Mulrooney


Senior Business and Apprenticeship Sales Executive - Hospitality and Catering, Accounting and Financial Services, Plumbing

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Sian Pirone (2)



Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive - Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing, Childcare

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Sarah Thorne (3)



Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive - Education, Local Authorities, Housing, Electrical

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Jade Wilce



Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive - Construction, Environment, Charities

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For more information about GC’s apprenticeships, short and part-time courses, email [email protected]  or call 0345 155 2020

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