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Education and Learning

Education and Learning

Welcome to our education and learning pages

Please note that the majority of Council services relating to education are run and supported by Gloucestershire County Council.

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Please note: School education in Gloucestershire is provided by Gloucestershire Education Authority.

School admissions

Find a school near you

Term dates

Adult Learning

Further and higher education establishments within the district or within easy travelling distance.


Stroud College
Stroud College offers a full range of part time and full time courses for students and businesses.

Hawkwood College
Hawkwood offers short courses in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from music, arts and crafts to ecology, philosophy, religions, therapies and personal development.

Hartbury College
Education and training to the land-based, animal science and sports sectors.

Specialist colleges

William Morris College
Based in Gloucestershire, William Morris are a specialist college promoting work related learning and independence for young people with learning difficulties, assisting in their transition into adult hood.


University of Gloucestershire

Volunteer and learn a new skill

Restoration of the Stroudwater canal

Stroud District Council are currently leading the restoration of the Cotswold Canals between The Ocean, Stonehouse and Brimscombe. If you wish to get involved in this area and would like to know more about volunteering opportunities, have an interest in offering your skills or have your own ideas about projects then please do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Manager for the canal project at Stroud District Council.

Work Experience

We are pleased to offer local students the opportunity to join our Work Experience Programme. Working in Local Government can be both challenging and rewarding, and through our programme we aim to ensure students learn more about working for Stroud District Council as one of the largest local employers, and about the wide range of services we provide.

We recognise that work experience plays an important part in giving students a taste of the benefits of working in the real world. It's a crucial part of a child's development, and often a necessary part of a student's course work. Our work experience programme is designed to give students an introduction to working in a professional environment.

We welcome students from all academic backgrounds, from Year 10 though to Post Graduates. Placements are tailored to suit individual skills and needs, but we strive to offer all students the opportunity to:

  • Take part in an induction seminar on their first morning, gaining an understanding of the many services Stroud District Council provides, and challenging their thoughts on what working in Local Government is like.
  • Understand the main health and safety issues affecting employees in the workplace
  • Undertake a psychometric survey to find out more about their natural skills and attributes, and how this information can help in their career path
  • Carry out relevant project work relating to the specific service area where they are placed
  • Undertake a number of e learning courses and attain the relevant certificate for each

Students are supervised by a workplace mentor throughout their placement period. We will always try to appoint students in a role appropriate to their interests and abilities, and therefore encourage students to provide as much information as possible when completing the registration form.

The service units (departments) that can accommodate students on work experience are:

The service units (departments) that can accommodate students on work experience include:


Environmental Health

Licensing, Animal Welfare, Pest Control, The Environment

Cultural Services

Sports Development, Dursley Pool, Museum in the Park, Subscription Rooms.

Asset Management

Building Maintenance, Surveyors

Business Support

Human Resources, Legal Services, Finance, Civil Contingencies, Democratic Services and Elections

Community Safety

Neighbourhood Wardens, Health and Wellbeing


Building Control and Planning


ICT, Web Design

Tenant Services

Supported Housing, Asset Management

Canal Team

Engineering, Project Management

Public Spaces

Grounds Maintenance, Recycling and Waste Collections

Customer Services

Reception, Customer Contact Centre

Support Services


Application Forms

Interested in joining the programme?

Please complete an application form and email it to, you will be invited to a recruitment event before joining the programme.

After your application has been received, you will be invited to attend a recruitment event to discuss your interest and career aspirations before being accepted onto the scheme.

Hints and tips to make your form stand out:

  • Sell yourself! Tell us about yourself on the registration form, and state clearly why you are interested in the service you have chosen
  • Think about what you would like to achieve whilst you are with us – we will encourage you to set personal goals
  • Think about what skills you have to offer – remember qualities such as good timekeeping, confidence and ability to use your initiative are just as important as I.T. Skills and other qualifications
  • Draw on every bit of experience you have – things like babysitting, Saturday jobs, and team participation can provide valuable experience that can be transferred into the workplace

If you would like to be invited to one of these events, you must download and return a completed registration form and return it to:

Jackie Godwin
Corporate Resources
Ebley Mill
Westward Road



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