New partnership boost apprenticeships in Manchester

A new partnership has been announced aimed at accelerate the uptake of apprenticeships across the Greater Manchester region.

The agreement to form the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC) involves the nine colleges that make up the Greater Manchester Colleges Group, alongside training provider The Skills Company.

One of the key features of the tie up will be the launch of a portal designed to demystify the road to apprenticeships. ‘THIS IS ME’ will give students a broader range of information and resources to help them prepare for the beginnings of their journey towards a new career.


‘Absolute commitment to apprenticeships’

Jayne Worthington, managing director of The Skills Company said: “There were almost 80,000 new apprentices recorded in the North West in 2014/15, the highest of any region in the UK, and Greater Manchester is the real driving force at the heart of this apprenticeship revolution through its innovative Devolution deals and collaborative approach to driving up the standard of apprenticeships. The creation of this partnership demonstrates Greater Manchester’s absolute commitment to increasing the number of apprenticeships nationally to 3 million by 2020.”

Marie Gilluley, principal and chief executive at Bolton College added “Further Education Colleges have a crucial role to play in supporting young people to invest in their skills. This partnership signals an unprecedented way of working; by pooling our expertise we will ensure our students across Greater Manchester have all the resources they need at their fingertips, to enable them to access a quality apprenticeship, progress in their chosen career and achieve their aspirations.”