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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

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Work Experience is a key element of all of our full-time study programmes; with all of our learners expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours.

The college has over 4000 young people who could support your business on a work placement.

Many local employers have benefited from supporting our learners, as they bring with them a fresh outlook and youthful dynamism. It is an opportunity for you to develop your recruitment channels, raise your community profile and enable your staff to enhance their own skills by mentoring and influencing your possible future workforce.

You will not be expected to pay our learners but will be expected to be supportive and understanding.

Our learners are supported by our Work Placement team who have recently been awarded the 'Full Recognition' standard of the Work Experience Charter developed by Stroud District Council. We also work with large national companies such as Premier Inn Hotels, and have recently developed links with NHS England and Barclays Bank.

Sector Based Work Academies (SBWA)

The Suited Booted Recruited department work in partnership with local employers and Job Centre Plus to deliver Sector Based Work Academies (SBWA).

A SBWA is a collaboration between an actively recruiting employer, the local Job Centre and training provider to get local unemployed people into work.

The aim is to train the learners within the specific sector, prepare them for the interviews, and if possible offer a guaranteed interview.

We have worked with various local employers including McDonalds, Waitrose, South Gloucestershire Council, Aramark, Cleeve Care, Thera West and Air Hop Trampoline Park. Suited Booted Recruited's SBWA's have help 61 learners gain employment in 2014-2015.

Job Shop

Job Shop advertises all local job vacancies, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to thousands of SGS learners, both part and full-time. Check out SGS Job Shop today for all the latest employment opportunities in your local community.

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Advertise your vacancies for FREE!

If you have vacancies that you would like advertising get in touch it's completely FREE. The Job Shop advertises your vacancies to over 4,500+ young people and thousands of adult learners.

0800 056 6940

Job Fair

The Job Fairs are held each term for current and past adult leaners and also for our full-time learners. Come along to our next Job Fair, it is a great opportunity to meet face to face with prospective new employees, customers and promote your organisation.

At our last Job Fair we had over 150 attendees and 44 applications were submitted.

It is FREE to attend and host a stand at our Job Fair, and new employers are welcome to attend please contact us if you are interested in reserving a free stand.

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Case Studies


South Gloucestershire and Stroud college ran a 1 week course for us and gave potential employees additional qualifications which would be relevant for the job and something as employers we would value.

They helped prepare them for the whole interview process and as a result we gained 2 very valuable employees.

It was a pleasure to work with them and a relationship we will continue to build upon in the future.

Samantha Ward
People Manager

Nuclear Training

With the developments at Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station and the proximity of SGS Berkeley Green to Oldbury, the site lends itself to being a training centre for employers to undertake skills development.

The College recognises the importance and need to ensure there are learners with the construction or engineering skills to work on a major build and aim to offer provision in this area in the near future.

Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence protects the security, independence and interest of our country at home and abroad. They work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Their aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that they keep within budget.

The MOD setup a specific task force to recruit apprentices post A Level, focusing on a level 3 programme. A joint effort between them and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College was implemented for recruitment and through the online assessment of the MOD and the interview day's arranged and supported by SGS College, they were able to select just 15 lucky candidates to begin the Level 3 apprenticeship in Supply Chain Management.

The first cohort was so successful that the MOD have decided to recruit a further 2 cohorts (15 candidates in each) for the commercial sector to focus on Procurement and started their first Accountancy cohort last year.

The process is professional and very smooth and more importantly offers an excellent opportunity for keen young people to experience a challenging and extremely interesting interview and assessment process

Jo Harvey from the Defence
Commercial Apprentice Programme

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