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Highfield Level 1 Food Safety
One Day Course

The Virtual College have teamed up with Highfield eLearning to offer a range of Food Hygiene courses that can be studied online from your home, office or anywhere in the world with wifi or an internet connection!

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Introduction To Animal First Aid
Level 4

Students studying this on-line distance learning module should gain an appreciation of the principles and practices of administering animal first aid in a range of species, together with an understanding of the relevant legal duties and responsibilities.

Inspiring Learners.

Business Development and Innovation in South West Wales

Coleg Sir Gâr, together with Coleg Ceredigion and University of Wales Trinity St David, form the region’s largest provider for workforce training. The group offer a diverse range of training programmes supporting individuals, sole traders, small private companies, large multi-national organisations and the public sector both in Wales and internationally.

What courses will benefit me or my business?

Our ‘Online Courses’ page offers a small sample of the most popular training courses that we offer. In reality we offer far too many courses and options to simply list in one place. By introducing yourself via our enquiry form, one of our dedicated team of employment engagement officers will make contact to discuss your unique business needs in order to develop a range of exciting and diverse training solutions which are underpinned by your own personal or business objectives.

Certified or Accredited?

We offer a huge range of nationally recognised qualifications which are underpinned by either vendor certification or awarding body accreditation. These include, for example PRINCE2 and CIMA, AAT as well as awarding bodies such as ILM, City and Guilds and Highfield to ensure your training is both quality assured, transferable and recognised by industry.

Members of the Llanelli Scarlets rugby squad visit local business Coaltown Coffee

July 06, 2020

Apprenticeships - Employers

Apprenticeships - Employers

If you choose to re-train members of your staff or hire an apprentice, it can help with:

  • Reducing business costs
  • Developing a professional skilled workforce
  • Providing opportunities to expand your business
  • Improving productivity
  • Nurturing talent to improve your services
  • Giving your business a creative boost
  • Constructing stronger businesses foundations
  • Inspiring the future generations 

Have you got existing staff members keen to develop new skills which will benefit your business?

New staff

We are confident that we can help you find the perfect apprentice to meet your business needs.

What do employers say about the benefits of apprenticeships?

  • A more engaged workforce:

    92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce

  • Lower staff turnover, reduced recruitment costs:

    83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future

  • A better image and greater customer satisfaction:

    81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices

  • Increased competitiveness:

    80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive

Looking for an apprenticeship?

Train, study for free and earn while you learn. Learn how here >>

View our Apprenticeship courses

Sector Areas

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships in:

  • Accountancy 

  • Agriculture and Land Based Engineering

  • Construction, Trades & The Built Environment 

  • Early Years, Children 

  • Engineering & Manufacturing 

  • Environmental Conservation

  • Equine

  • Hairdressing 

  • Health & Social Care 

  • Hospitality & Catering 

  • Human Resources

  • IT 

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

  • Veterinary Nursing

Need some help?

Call our friendly team on 01554 748000
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Get in touch with our Apprenticeship Team to talk through the options that can support your business needs.

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund.

July 06, 2020

Business Support

Business Support

With a reputation for our work with business, we provide a range of specialist services to support your business needs.

Working with employers, we have an impressive track record of delivering innovative training and support in collaboration with private industry and the public sector.

From professionally accredited training and bespoke training courses to business advice and support, we can support skills development in your organisation to help your people and business flourish.

We offer courses and training in a wide range of subject areas and as we are situated in the heart of South West Wales, we're strategically placed to offer support to the public, private and third sectors across the region and beyond.

Comments from employers

Gower View Foods

Adam Davies - Finance Manager

"We have worked with Coleg Sir Gar for some time now, up-skilling our diverse workforce in Health and Safety qualifications. The Business Development team has been great to work with; arranging training at our premises to meet our business needs with early starts and trainers that are knowledgeable and adaptable. We look forward to continuing to build on our relationship and further increasing the profile of the Food and Drink industry as a career choice."

WRPA - Parc Y Scarlets

Nerys Henry, WRPA Personal Development Manager (Scarlets)

"We're constantly on the lookout for new and diverse opportunities for our members to help develop new skills and get a taste of the working world, outside of their daily rugby environment. The barista course, organised by Coleg Sir Gâr in conjunction with Coaltown Coffee, was not only informative for the members that attended but also hands-on, interactive and great fun too. We look forward to working with Coleg Sir Gâr on more training courses in the future."

Need some help?

Call our friendly team on 01554 748344
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Members of the Llanelli Scarlets rugby squad visit local business Coaltown Coffee
March 01, 2019

Niceic Domestic Heat Pump Installer Training Course

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Thermal Earth Capel Hendre

Part Time

Niceic Domestic Heat Pump Installer Training Course

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Programme Description

The NICEIC Domestic Heat Pumps course has been designed to provide heating and plumbing engineers with the relevant skills to enable them to: design, install, test, commission, handover, service, and fault find ground and air source heat pump systems.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  4 Days: 9am - 4pm
Dates - 25th July, 8th August

  Thermal Earth Capel Hendre

Programme Features

The fully funded course will include information on a wide range of topics including the fundamental working principles of heat pump systems. 
This course has been designed and is delivered in accordance with the latest NOS/QCF criteria and MCS scheme requirements.

Programme Content

  • Requirements of relevant regulations/standards relating to practical installation,
  • Testing, and commissioning activities for heat pump installation work,
  • Fundamental design principles for ground source ‘closed loop’ heat pump collector circuit design and component sizing, layouts of ‘open loop’ water-filled heat pump collector circuits, heat loss design calculations for domestic dwellings and calculating energy output from traditional radiators to take into account the lower level of energy generated by heat pumps.

Progression & Employment

The government will provide grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme 2022 - 2025. These grants will help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies. The scheme will be open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales from 2022 - 2025.

Entry Requirements

In order to attend, you must have the following:
● NVQ Level 2 plumbing or H&V (domestic) or equivalent
● A certificate of competence for the installation of unvented hot water systems
● WRAS approved Water Regulations qualification
● An Energy Efficiency qualification issued by a 17024 UKAS accredited body
● An independently accredited Health and Safety qualification covering Working at Heights, CoSHH and Manual Handling qualifications

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September 09, 2020

Online Courses

Online Courses

About us

Coleg Sir Gâr’s Virtual College first opened its doors in 1998, offering a small number of IT courses. Since the development of technology, changing mind-sets towards online learning and the ability to offer our courses globally, we have developed our provision to offer an exciting range of accredited courses. 

We offer Individual and Company Training

We cater for both the individual and the company or organisation, working closely with our students, employers and careers advisors to support CPD needs.

What’s unique about the Virtual College? 
  •  We offer an optional and free literacy and numeracy level checker before people start their course
  •  Most courses offer assessments that can be completed at home or work
  •  Gift vouchers for courses are available
  •  Courses are support by real tutors 
Course Provision

We offer over 1000 courses, many of which can be accessed globally and we work with awarding bodies which include EdExcel, BCS, sage, PRINCE2 and City and Guilds. We have recently developed new courses specifically for teachers and we offer courses in IT and business for Apple Mac users. Employment related courses include Employment Law, Health and Safety including food hygiene as well as maths, English, Sage accountancy and much more.


Payment can be taken via cheque, credit card, paypal or we can invoice your employer or funding partner. 

Are you eligible for funding?

Fully funded, flexible, part-time training and qualifications

Find out more

Get in Touch

For further details, or to request a course leaflet, please contact us on 01554 748344 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adult Learning Courses by Area.

Animal Science & Equine

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Business & HR

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Catering & Hospitality

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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

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July 06, 2020

Projects & Innovation

Projects & Innovation

Springboard Rural Enterprise Roadshow

 Led by Coleg Sir Gar, the project works in partnership with successful businesses including Wrights Emporium and Coal  Town Coffee where the project was launched. Springboard is tailored to tackle the challenges faced by those in rural  areas to access entrepreneurship training as well as access free, higher level fully-funded skills tailored to each  individual. 

Need some help?

Call our friendly team on 01554 748344

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Animal Health & Welfare Wales (AHWW), established to support the Welsh farming industry by delivering solutions to some of its key animal health and welfare challenges.


Prosiect Slyri Project

The project innovatively reduces farm waste and helps safeguard the environment and addresses the agricultural industry’s impact on the environment by developing a dewatering and purification system to manage slurry on farms.


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Jane Thope, North Yorkshire
Highfield Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

"I very much enjoyed doing the course, it was so easy to follow and gave me all the information I needed."

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Jane Thope, North Yorkshire
Highfield Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

"I very much enjoyed doing the course, it was so easy to follow and gave me all the information I needed."

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