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Join Gloucestershire College as a Governor to play a vital part in shaping the College’s vision, mission, and values, develop its long-term strategy and contribute to the future success of the organisation.

  • Location: Gloucester
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Friday 28th June

About Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College (GC) is a career-focused further education provider operating across three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester, and the Forest of Dean.

We offer a range of academic, professional, and technical training programmes for school leavers, adults, and employers. These include award-winning apprenticeships, university-level and professional qualifications, part-time, online, and short courses, with tailored support for students from start to finish.

Our mission is to deliver ‘learning that works‘ through practical courses that offer skills businesses really need in industry-standard facilities, taught by passionate, subject specialists.

We provide bespoke training solutions to more than 1,300 employer-partners, enabling them to fill skills gaps and build a solid talent pipeline for the future.

We provide training programmes in a wide variety of areas including accounting (AAT), automotive, business support, construction and building services, education and early years, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, hospitality, human resources, IT and cyber, management and marketing.

All our learners benefit from tailored support and development throughout their journey to higher education or employment, including valuable work placement and enrichment opportunities.

We are proud to have been rated “Good” in our latest Ofsted inspection and to have strong financial health.

We are committed to ensuring all individuals are valued and work in a safe environment, promoting the ethos of safeguarding, equality, diversity, and inclusion in all our practices.

We expect all board members to share this commitment.

Our mission: ‘learning that works’

Our mission reflects our commitment to our stakeholders. We have three primary objectives:

  • To provide individuals with opportunities to advance in their careers, achieve their goals and improve their lives.
  • To promote social mobility. Gloucestershire is an area characterised by a large number of selective and grammar schools and polarised attainment. Many of our learners come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Closing these attainment gaps is really important to us.
  • To collaborate with employers to equip them with the skills necessary to be prosperous. Working with over 1300 employers annually, we are deeply rooted in the local business community. We are also a large business in our own right: we employ over 800 members of staff and have a turnover of approximately £40 million.

Our curriculum

We offer a broad curriculum with courses in all areas, except agriculture, and at all levels. Our focus is on technical and vocational training. We do not offer A Levels directly.

We have a higher volume of adult education, apprenticeship, high needs, and higher education provision compared to most further education colleges. This results in a lower proportion of 16-18-year-old students, constituting approximately one-third of our work. We have an arms-length training subsidiary that extends our delivery to areas such as Manchester and London.

Each of our campuses offers distinct provision. Gloucester provides a broad vocational offering, while the Forest of Dean primarily caters for 16-18-year-olds. Located adjacent to GCHQ, the Cheltenham campus focuses on higher and professional programmes, and houses our £3 million cyber training centre. In collaboration with UWE, we offer the only degree apprenticeship in the country endorsed by the National Cyber Security Centre. Our Cheltenham campus also hosts tech companies from start-ups accommodated within our incubation zone to established firms.

Our facilities

We operate a substantial estate that includes our three, modern campuses in Gloucester, Cheltenham, and the Forest of Dean together with a business park and other properties in Gloucester.

In 2022/23, we completed our ‘GC Zero’ project, which successfully decarbonised our Cheltenham and Gloucester campuses and reduced our exposure to energy market fluctuations. We are currently building a new construction centre at our Cheltenham campus.

Our leadership

We have a dedicated and cohesive leadership team guided by shared values and a common purpose. Our culture promotes openness, collaboration, and innovation, providing all staff members with a voice. Our Board of Governors is highly engaged and actively offers support and constructive challenge.

Our strategic plan

Our strategic plan for 2022-2026 identifies a number of challenges:

  • Meeting skills needs and collaborating on the Local Skills Improvement Plan.
  • Addressing the challenges facing the further education sector including preparing for the significant curriculum changes that will arise over the next few years.
  • Addressing social disadvantage.
  • Further enhancing the quality of our provision.
  • Expanding our offering, whilst maintaining a stable financial position in the current economic climate.
  • Embracing the benefits and managing the challenges associated with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and cyber threats.

Peridot Partners and Gloucestershire College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Who we are looking for

This role of Governor plays a vital part within our Governing Body, offering an exciting opportunity to shape the College’s vision, mission, and values, develop its long-term strategy and contribute to the future success of the organisation.

We are looking to engage new Governors from a wide range of backgrounds with the skills, experience, and commitment to play a pivotal role in shaping all aspects of the future of the College.

We have some particular areas of interest and expertise that we are keen to bring onto the Governing Body that will help support the future direction of our college.

These areas are:

  • Post 16 Education – teaching and learning, and/or Ofsted knowledge.
  • Finance – professionally qualified with a background in technical accounting, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Audit, risk management and/or assurance.

You will be responsible for:

  • Determining the College’s educational character.
  • Setting and communicating the College’s strategy and goals.
  • Holding the management team to account for the educational performance and quality of the College, and for the performance of staff.
  • Exercising effective control to ensure that public funds and assets are protected, the College remains solvent and legal obligations are met.

Our mission is to deliver ‘learning that works‘ through practical courses that offer skills businesses really need in industry-standard facilities, taught by passionate, subject specialists.

In return, you will benefit from joining a high-performing board and thriving College, with the opportunity to develop your professional skills, contribute to the local community and transform lives.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with a group of likeminded colleagues from across the region and shape the future of the next generation workforce.

If you want to develop your board skills or to use the skills and experience you have gained to give back to your community and help others to succeed, and you share our passion and commitment to our goals and values, we would welcome your interest.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Friday 28th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 1st July 2024
    Interviews: Friday 12th July 2024

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