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Gloucestershire College energised through entrepreneurship

PUBLISHED: 09:27 02 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:16 20 February 2013

Gloucestershire College energised through entrepreneurship

Gloucestershire College energised through entrepreneurship

Gloucestershire College has recently unveiled its new status as an entrepreneurial college, with the launch of Gazelle Local.

Gloucestershire College energised through entrepreneurship

Gloucestershire College has recently unveiled its new status as an entrepreneurial college, with the launch of Gazelle Local.

In an environment where people are likely to have a succession of jobs during their lives, we have to rethink what it means to have a career and shift the orientation to individuals making investments in their own skills and capabilities. These changes require a new model that builds on entrepreneurial learning as the primary vehicle for transforming further education in the UK.

At the launch event Dr Greg Smith, Principal and Chief Executive along with guest speakers Michael Hayman, Carly Ward, and Wayne Hemingway MBE, outlined the Colleges new strategic intent and ambitions, inviting the local business community to work with Gloucestershire College to help deliver and support a new generation of enterprising students who can help to re-energise Gloucestershires economic prosperity.

Gazelle Local aims to deliver a nationwide network of local businesses and entrepreneurs that will collaborate with colleges, principals and students with the objective of achieving a more entrepreneurial attitude within FE.

Dr Greg Smith, Principal and Chief Executive said; We already work with many of the countys businesses with great success, but we would like to form new partnerships between colleges, local businesses and entrepreneurs to stimulate economic activity and provide students with a range of opportunities to learn first-hand from local successful entrepreneurs. These experiences are invaluable for inspiring students to leave college fully prepared with an ambitious, can-do attitude and the skills to be successful in future employment.

20 employers including Gloucestershire County Council, The Warranty Group, Glosjobs.co.uk, Caple Banks and Rickerbys LLP have already pledged their support for the Gazelle Local at Gloucestershire College. Employers can help in a range of ways including signing up to be an Enterprise Champion in a curriculum area, donating hours to the College to provide master classes or advice sessions, or by offering work placements and apprenticeships to Gloucestershire College students.

The College is looking for local business people to pledge at least one of the following in order to support the skills development of enterprising FE students in the county:

- To act as an Enterprise Champion in a GC curriculum area

- To offer 10 hours of time per year to support enterprising ideas at GC

- To offer their companys skills to provide masterclasses or seminars

- To offer places to apprentices

- To offer work placements and/or interships to GC students

- To offer vacant premises/office space for pop up shops/student businesses

- Other (please let us know how you would like to help)

If you would like pledge your support to Gazelle Local at Gloucestershire College, or to simply find out more, please email gazelle@gloscol.ac.uk with your name, company, and contact details.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice in partnership with Gloucestershire College, please visit http://gcbusinesshub.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships or contact one of our dedicated Business Consultants on 01452 563400.

Gloucestershire College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Gloucestershire, and is proud to be the Gloucestershire Apprenticeships Provider of the Year 2012.


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