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SGS College wins Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2017

SGS College wins Provider of the Year

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have been presented with the Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year Award at the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

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College scoops top apprenticeship award

On Tuesday 7th March SGS College picked up the Large College Award at the fourth Apprenticeships4England Apprenticeships Awards. Members of SGS College's Employer Engagement team Jill Jones, Trudy Hillier and Patrick Mcleod were at the gala dinner to collect the trophy. This prestigious national awards ceremony recognises training providers and employers for outstanding examples of quality, best practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery.

SGS received a staggering 99.5% satisfaction rate. The college works with over 400 employers to support 1700 apprentices. Read our story in full here



99.5% of businesses agreed that SGS training has improved the performance of their business*



99.2% rated their apprenticeship as good or very good



99% Overall Learner satisfaction with SGS College

SGS College - Business Solutions

Funding Solutions

As one of the largest Further Education colleges in the South West, SGS College delivers £28.2 million of Government funded training every year.

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Funding Solutions

Unlike most other Further Education Colleges, SGS College does not subcontract any of our Adult Skills budget. This means that every bit of our Adult Skills funding is spent in our communities, supporting local employers and local learners, as it is intended. In addition, this means we have complete end-to-end control over the quality of our programmes. It also allows us to be extremely responsive to employer's needs, as we do not need to work through a supply chain to meet your training requirements.

Moreover, it also delivers best value for money, as it avoids subcontracting costs and the full funding is available to support programme delivery.

Our Funding Solutions Include:

  • Classroom learning
  • Adult skills budget
  • Traineeships
  • 16-18 apprenticeships
  • Adult apprenticeships
  • ESF funding
  • Higher Education loans
  • Advanced Learning loans

We would be happy to work with you on a Training Needs Analysis to identify the best mix of training solutions to support your business growth.

Age Grant

Businesses with under 50 employees may be eligible for a government grant of £1500 to support taking on their first apprentices. Our employer engagement team will be happy to support you in your Age Grant application.

Apprenticeship reforms and the Apprenticeship Levy

The Government is reforming the way in which apprenticeships are funded. Incentive Payments will become available to all businesses to support the government drive towards 3m apprenticeship starts. All employers of whatever size will benefit from incentive payments for recruiting 16-18 apprentices and for apprentice achievements. Small and Medium enterprises can benefit from a further incentive payment for engaging in apprenticeships.

All businesses with a payroll of over £3m will be in scope for the government apprenticeship levy from April 2017. We can help you understand the implications for your business and how to get the return on this investment.

Advanced Learner Loans

Study now, pay later!

Don't let the cost of your employee's desired course of study be a barrier with the Advanced Leaner Loan

How can your employee apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

They can apply online or in paper-based form for courses starting from 1st August 2016. SGS College staff will help them complete the application when they visit the college or talk them through the process over the phone. After submitting an application, they will be assessed by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and if they have fulfilled the criteria, the SLC will inform them and the college.

About the Loan

To qualify for an Advanced Leaner Loan, applicants must:

  • Be aged 19 or over at the start of the course.
  • Be a resident in the UK
  • Study a course at Level 3-6, including:
    • QCF certificates and Diplomas
    • Access to Higher Education
    • A Levels (Maximum of four)

Other Important Information

  • The loan covers the upfront tuition costs, including registration and certification of your qualification, and will be paid directly to the College.
  • Applicants don't pay back the loan for their course until they are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • If their loan is to cover the fees for an Access to Higher Education course and they subsequently complete a University level (Higher Education) course, they will not have to pay back their Advanced Leaner Loan.

Learn more about Advanced Learner Loans

For further information about Advanced Leaner Loans please contact:

Tel: 0800 0567 253 Email:

Useful contact

For more information on how SGS Business Solutions could help you and your business please contact one of the Business Solutions team.

01453 761280 - 0117 909 2234