GC Education and Skills in Stockport have been providing high-quality education and skills to individuals and businesses for over 30 years, and as an Ofsted Grade 2: Good provider you can be assured the quality of our training and excellent support can help you achieve your future goals.

We want you to get the best experience that will help you to get ahead in your chosen career. Not only that, we want to help you make friends, boost your confidence and realise your full potential.

Courses on offer from GC Education and Skills

If you are aged 16 – 18 we understand taking the first steps after school can be challenging. That’s why we have unique programmes and support teams in our centres based in local communities, near to where you live.

Your place is guaranteed – have peace of mind that your place is secure with our guaranteed places*. Each year, we give hundreds of school and college leavers guaranteed offers for when they finish full-time education. This means no more worrying about your next steps.

Low grades? No problem – we understand that you don’t always get the grades you hope for – so our focus is on you, not what your results say. However well you perform in your GCSEs or A-Levels, we’ll help you find the right course for you.

*Guaranteed offers are subject to the individual achieving any agreed qualifications and attending all appropriate job preparation workshops.

Pre-Apprenticeship Study Programmes

Aged 16 to 18? If you want to progress onto an apprenticeship but don’t feel quite ready, then a pre-apprenticeship (Study Programme) could be the ideal option for you – you’ll gain hands-on experience that employers are looking for. We have nine training centres across Greater Manchester and St Helens that offer an alternative route to college after you leave school. We can offer courses in:

  • Customer Service: If you are great with people, then customer service could be the career pathway for you. Customer service positions are available in a wide range of sectors.
  • Employability: This programme is aimed at anyone who wants to progress in education or employment. They cover a range of skills including
  • personal finance, effective communication and applying for a job.
  • Health and Social Care: This qualification will support you in your first experience of working within the health, adult care and childcare sectors.
  • Maths and English: We offer a range of Maths and English programmes, whether you need to improve your skills, or you would like to gain your GCSEs.
  • Retail: You will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression within the retail sector.

Why choose GC Education and Skills?

  • Smaller class sizes
  • One-to-one support from a designated key
  • worker
  • Additional learning support
  • Bursary of up to £30 per week (subject to certain eligibility criteria)
  • Breakfast club for all learners
  • Free hot drinks and kitchen facilities for use throughout the day
  • Experienced staff who understand and can support additional learning needs

Our students can talk to us at any time about whatever might be troubling them. We’re here to give you the best experience we can, supporting both your education and any areas of personal development you might need.

For more information, contact:


0161 476 7400


3rd Floor, Graylaw House Chestergate Stockport SK1 1LZ