Training & apprenticeships


Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs

Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs is an independent, voluntary project supporting entrepreneurs, business start-ups and existing small business owners in the Forest of Dean through a range of different services and courses.

Gloucestershire Enterprise (GEL)

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

Business Skills Studio

The business skills studio is an online training academy, packed with free resources to help with marketing, mind set and management, as well as a programme of free monthly webinars.

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.

Learn Direct

Learn Direct offers a range of courses that can help you to expand the skills of your workforce and support you in starting or growing your business. The skills support for the workforce programme offers free training for eligible businesses and offers training packages to suit the needs of your business.

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South Gloucestershire Apprentice Scheme

South Gloucestershire Council is working in partnership with Stroud and South Gloucestershire College to provide an apprenticeship scheme for businesses in South Gloucestershire. For more information:

Think Smart Apprentice Travel Scheme

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: