Manchester apprentices get learning boost

Young people in Manchester are set to receive a greater array of support tools following the opening of a new learning portal designed to improve the quality and volume of apprenticeship opportunities through the provision of best in class support and advice to young people.

THIS IS ME is being delivered by the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC), which is a partnership between nine colleges from the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG), and a local training provider The Skills Company.

Marie Gilluley, principal at Bolton College and spokesperson for GMCG said: “The number of apprenticeship opportunities in Greater Manchester is growing every day, making it more important than ever that our students are equipped to make the most of what’s out there.


‘A unique resource’

“We’re delighted to be able to offer our students the tailored support and guidance to kick-start their career. We want our students to take advantage of this unique resource and really explore where apprenticeships can take them.”

Theresa Grant, head of skills & employment for Greater Manchester and chief executive at Trafford Council, was at Trafford College to officially launch THIS IS ME. Speaking at the event, she said: “An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to find your way into the workplace. By taking on an apprenticeship you can learn vital skills, qualifications and earn a wage. It is a gateway to setting yourself up for a successful and satisfying career and I am pleased to see this unique collaboration of Greater Manchester providers working together to launch the superb “THIS IS ME” site for students.”