Tech Talent Lab

Tech Talent Lab: Decoding your future 

Funded by The Department For Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) a new partnership between CyNam, Gloucestershire College and SWAC has been formed, making it simple for SMEs and start-ups to recruit tech talent into their business.

Exclusive peer-to-peer network access, fully-funded recruitment support, and award-winning, in-person training makes upskilling and reskilling via apprenticeships the best choice for ambitious employers.

With Tech Talent Lab: Decoding your future, you’re not just investing in apprenticeships- you’re investing in the future of your business and the wider industry. 

Why recruit or upskill with Tech Talent Lab?

Taking on apprentices in cybersecurity can be beneficial for both employers and apprentices by providing valuable training and development opportunities while addressing critical skill shortages in the industry.

Employers, large and small, can expect real, measurable benefits from taking on an apprentice including

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved staff retention, motivation and morale
  • Business growth and development whilst keeping costs down
  • Filled skill-gaps by bringing in essential new skills and knowledge

The National Apprenticeship Service reports that 86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity. Those who have been trained in-house through apprenticeships are highly motivated, committed employees who have the desire to progress within the organisation, reducing staff turnover.

We are offering support to employers to help them on the journey by teaming up with SWAC (The South West Apprenticeship Company) who streamline and simplify the apprenticeship employment process.

Who are SWAC and what do they do?

The South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC) is government  approved Apprenticeship Recruitment and Employment Agency and we support employers across all sectors in the southwest region.

Our delivery model is designed around improving the Apprenticeship experience for both you and the learner through dedicated support and guidance. We act as an impartial mediator between all parties involved in the Apprenticeship experience; the learner, the host employer, and the training provider.  We ensure that any issues that may arise during the Apprenticeship programme are resolved quickly and to the satisfaction of all parties.

The apprentice and your apprentice supervisor will have regular reviews with their SWAC Apprentice Mentor (AM) where they can raise any concerns in regards to their working activities or the training content of their program. In cases where the needs of the apprentice and host employer are not being met by the training then SWAC can discuss this with the provider, to help to improve the quality of the Apprenticeship experience ensuring all specific training needs are met. We work with you and your apprentices to overcome any issues relating to the quality of the apprenticeship experience.

Our Services

We offer 3 packages, all designed to take the hassle out of the process of recruiting an apprentice.

How we will do it?- Gloucestershire College, your award-winning training provider

Recruiting now can mean your apprentice is ready to start working with you in line with the start of their course in September!

Gloucestershire College, National Digital Apprenticeships Provider of the Year 2024, delivers the following apprenticeship programmes:

With their proven track record of delivering successful apprenticeships, NCSC and Tech Industry Gold accreditations, expert team, and state-of-the-art Advanced Digital Academy (ADA), Gloucestershire College is your trusted training partner. The GC team will support you and your apprentice every step of the way.

Recruiting now means your apprentice can be ready to start this September!

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What do I do next?

Please get in contact with if you are interested, we will then be able to take you through the next steps and get you started on the journey!