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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.

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.

Dimensions Training Solutions (formerly Learn Direct)

Work Start is a FREE 52 week programme designed to help those who are unemployed progress into employment, and provide them with the skills and support to remain in employment. You can access support from qualified Key Workers in the Forest of Dean. You will be also be support with travel expenses, training, CV development, interview support and six months support once you enter work.

Start and Grow Enterprise 

The programme supports pre-starts, start-ups and established early-stage firms, and will run until 31st March 2023.  Eligible businesses can access a Start-up Course, Business Growth Course, Business Registration and Planning workshops, a range of Business Growth Workshops, Networking Events, Business Coaching, and Grant Funding. 

Visit their website, call 01242 715400  or email


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: