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Welcome to the Business Hub gosport page.

Here you will find information on courses specifically designed for business and employers, as well as courses for employees wishing to upskill or retrain. 

We are pleased to be a partner of the Skills Lab initiative and you will see information on upcoming workshops designed to support businesses with planning and growth. 

In 2023 we will be introducing T Levels which are a qualification specifically designed with employers to meet their skills needs.  Also in September 2023 we will be introducing apprenticeships.

We would love you, as an employer, to be involved with the college and to help us to ensure our curriculum offer is fit for business needs.

St Vincent College offers a variety of accredited vocational qualifications at different levels, for different occupational areas.

Some of our qualifications offer classes, depending on the qualification and level undertaken. Learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment to ensure they are in the correct job role, have the appropriate work placement and/or the relevant experience. These qualifications are often assessed in the workplace and are NVQs. Many of the accredited vocational qualifications we offer can be accessed online.

Accredited Courses

Skills Lab

Business Hub Gosport is a collaboration between St Vincent College and Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in partnership with skillslabs.

Skillslabs exists to enable business to access the support they need to grow and thrive by considering skills training and education for their current and future workforce. Skillslabs aims to identify skills gaps, break down the challenges of accessing skills training and education that employees need through a wide range of flexible programmes and funding. We also have a meaningful employer-led survey available.

Visit the Skills Lab website

Business Clinics

The idea of the business clinics is to support business leaders, start ups and SMEs with some great skills in business planning, strategy, marketing, communications, social media planning, sales strategy, staff skills training and development, employee engagement, succession planning, learning and development programmes. The reviews speak for themselves with one business leader saying ‘There is so much we don’t know about skills training and education and how it can help our business to grow.”

Clinics will include:
  • Creating business plans
  • Business branding
  • Finding your competitive advantage
  • Client persona planning
  • Marketing strategies and content schedules
  • Using LinkedIn for business and personal branding
  • Learning & Development succession planning

Tuesday 11 October

Wednesday 2 November

Wednesday 7 December



Are you a business looking to retrain or upskill your staff?
Please email or call 02392 603 616

T Level FAQs

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or further study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience through an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days.

How are they different from A levels?

T Levels are two-year technical programmes, designed with employers, to give young people the skills that industries need. The ‘T’ stands for technical and from 2020, T Levels will give 16 to 19 -year olds a technical alternative to A Levels.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience through an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days.

A Levels follow a more academic route while T Levels provide a technical alternative that will prepare young people for careers.

How long do T Levels take to complete?

T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. We expect the total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over the 2 years, including the industry placement.

Are T Levels better than apprenticeships?

An apprentice spends most of their time in the workplace, learning on-the-job, whereas a T level student will spend most of their time in the classroom. If a student performs particularly well in their technical studies, they can progress onto higher or degree level apprenticeships.So, the answer is that actually they are different but still vocational based.

Do employers recognise T Levels?

T Levels are designed with employers to give young people the skills that industries need, so therefore employers are pleased that these new qualifications fit their criteria.

Are T levels better than A Levels?

One T Level qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and is worth the same amount of UCAS Tariff points overall. For example, achieving a Distinction* in your T Level is equivalent to achieving three A*s at A Level – both are worth a total of 168 UCAS Tariff points. So, they are different because they are vocational and will suit students who prefer to have a more technical career.