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GEL Southwest

Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davey Road, Derriford, PLYMOUTH, Devon, PL6 8BX
0845 838 9965

About us

GEL South West is a training company that specialises in business, leadership and management skills development. It has offices in Gloucester, Bristol and Plymouth and is ideally placed to deliver a wide range of training courses across the South West region. GEL is an accredited centre for ILM, NEBOSH, IOSH and BCS, each designed to help businesses improve and grow. 

GEL-SW works on the premise that the quality of any organisation is a direct reflection of the quality of its leadership and management. Good leaders and managers, who know what’s expected of them and have the skills, abilities and confidence to carry out their role, will contribute greatly to the organisation’s success – and that goes for every level in the organisation, from shop floor to board room. GEL-SW has a role in providing that leadership development. 

Over 5500 people train with GEL-SW each year, coming from 1800 different companies. There are over 350 national qualifications achieved with GEL-SW in areas ranging from team leaders to supervisors to junior, middle and senior managers, to specialist roles in HR, Health & Safety, Sales and Marketing and Finance.

We offer

European Social Funds: Skills for the South West

Fully funded training to help shape the next generation of leaders and managers in your company.

Who are they for?

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Devon or Somerset based

2. Priority sectors: 

> Marine Sector, particularly marine engineering

  • > Advanced Engineering
  • > Environmental Services/Technology
  • > Biosciences and Health
  • > Business & Professional
  • > Construction
  • 3. Less than 250 employees (FTE)
  • 4. All learners must be over 19 years old and work > 8 hours per week

Devon and Somerset based companies with less than 250 staff are now able to attend leadership and management training courses - free of charge under the ESF Skills for Growth initiative. 

There are no match funds required, no limits on how many people can access the training or how many courses they do, and it's fairly easy to apply.

Companies with 8 or more staff wanting to do the same course can have a tailored version to suit their needs, while those with fewer staff will be clustered with local organisations until 8 are ready to start.

Some of the courses available include:

> L2: Team Leader Award (3 days)

> L3: Coaching Award (3 days)

> L3: Leadership Award (5 days)

> L4: Leadership Award (3 days)

> L3: Enterprise Award (5 days)

> IT: Some IT training skills can also be covered

We support

  • Avon
  • People
  • Skills
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


Our courses are run mostly in-house, where the benefits of developing your staff on your systems, using your procedures and at times/dates to suit your commitments, makes for truly powerful learning. GEL SW also attracts Government funding and has a role to distribute those funds as far and wide as possible, meaning we work hard to make the funds work hard for you.

All programmes can be delivered bespoke to your company, either at your premises or a suitable venue of your choice.

Where demand is just a few members of staff, we can cluster groups together and deliver “open programmes” in central locations.

Finally our extensive online training enables us to provide flexible learning while minimising off-the-job time.

Call us on 0845 838 9965 to discuss your training needs

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