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Training and apprenticeships


GFirst LEP Skills Portal

If you are out of work, keen to learn new skills or want to start your own business, the Skills Portal has range of support to help you. You can find out more about national support, local support and learning opportunities. 

Gloucestershire Enterprise

Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd (GEL) provides high quality training and business support services to individuals and businesses in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Mentors Me

Mentors Me is an online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services. The website also allows business professionals to offer their services as a business mentor via the mentoring organisations listed.

The Growth Hub

The Growth Hub supports pre-starts, start-ups and established firms in all areas of business. Businesses can access a variety of courses, workshops, networking events, coaching and support, and grant funding advice. Visit their website or email

Small Business Charter

The SBC offer training opportunities including the national Help to Grow: Management Course, 90% funded by Government and available via local business schools.


If you are a resident of Gloucestershire employed in a Gloucestershire apprenticeship and are aged 16 to 24, you may be entitled to a free Thinksmart bus pass for journeys to and from your placement.

II Intuitive Training Centre

Based in Lydney, the School of Beauty and Complimentary Therapies is working in partnership with Burton-on-Trent college to offer part and full-time courses to apprentices and individuals supported by the government Skills Funding Agency (SFA) regulation. For more information: