South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
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SGS shortlisted for ‘Provider of the Year’

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have been shortlisted for the 2016 Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards.

With record breaking nominations this is a great success for the growing institution which supports over 4400 full time students and 1300 apprentices every year.

Principal Sara-Jane Watkins said: "Our learners are at the heart of everything we do, we provide an outstanding service to our employers and we work extensively and invest significantly to promote apprenticeships across the region. We are delighted to have been shortlisted."

But the success doesn’t stop there, two apprentices from SGS currently undertaking their apprenticeships with South Gloucestershire Council have also been nominated;  Jamie Cooke from the economic development team is a finalist in the outstanding apprentice of the year public services category and Lauren Hatton, a community engagement apprentice, was shortlisted in the health, education and care sector. 

Further success came when College partners South Gloucestershire Council were shortlisted in the large employer of the year category. The entry into the employer award focused on the efforts the council has made to put in place a ‘Gold Standard’ apprenticeship scheme, which provides a great opportunity for young people to gain a recognised qualification whilst benefiting from excellent on-the-job training.

Apprenticeship Programme Manager Elaine Eldridge said: “We are thrilled to be selected again as a finalist of these prestigious awards having narrowly missed out last year. It’s also fantastic to see two of our apprentices recognised for their efforts. The scheme has gone from strength to strength with so many young people having successfully completed their apprenticeships. Many have found employment following their programmes, with some kick-starting a career here at the council and partners, whilst others have gone on to further study with the advantage of having real work experience behind them.”