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Apprentice Travel Offer

Posted on 12 Sep 2017

TfGM currently have two Apprentice Travel Offers: The Apprentice Bike to Work Scheme offers apprentices a free refurbished bike and accessories for them to use accessing their place of work and training. The Apprentice Free Ticket Scheme offers new* apprentices ONE free 28 day bus and Metrolink ticket for them to use accessing their place […]

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Award Winning Higher Apprentice – Bury College

An aspiring accountant has scooped an apprentice of the year award and impressed industry professionals during a regional competition. Jamie Barry is currently completing an AAT Higher Apprenticeship at Avonside Group, one of Britain’s largest roofing contractors with 29 branches nationwide. Based at Avonside Head Office in Heywood, Jamie impressed the company with his ongoing […]

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Apprentice Survey: What Makes a Good Employer of Apprentices?

The Apprenticeship Growth Service want your feedback on what makes a good Employer of Apprentices. Over the past two months they have held focus groups with a number of employers and apprentices from across Greater Manchester to determine whether a quality mark to distinguish good employers of apprentices would be useful and if so how […]

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FREE Apprenticeship Guide Listing

Posted on 8 Sep 2017

Please respond by 15th September The Apprenticeship Guide, now in its 12th edition is a high-quality resource that is promoted to every school in England. It gives a concise summary of every apprenticeship framework and standard in England and is circulated to every secondary school as well as many academies and colleges. One feature of […]

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Ambitious Apprentice Achieves Career Goal with Bury College

Stephanie Moyle achieved her career goal after progressing through the apprenticeship levels and has now returned to Bury College to gain the skills needed to lead her new office team. 22 year old Stephanie Moyle took the first step in her career in 2014 when she achieved a Level 2 Business Administration before going onto […]

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Institute of Apprenticeships

Posted on 15 Aug 2017

The Institute of Apprenticeships consider and approve expressions of interest, apprenticeship standards and assessment plans submitted by employer groups. The institute is employer-led with an independent chair who leads a board of employers, business leaders and their representatives, to ensure employers continue to drive apprenticeship quality to the highest level. If your looking to keep […]

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NUS Apprentice Extra Card!

The NUS Apprentice extra discount card has been developed by the National Union of Students (NUS) and provides apprentices with discounts from more than 140 top high street and online retail partners including Amazon, PizzaExpress, Jack Wills, 16-25 Railcard, The Co-op and more! For only £11, you receive a whole year of savings on a […]

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What is a Traineeship?

What is a Traineeship? Traineeships are aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are motivated to work but currently lack the skills, experience and behaviours sought by employers to secure an Apprenticeship or other sustainable employment. Traineeships can last anywhere between six weeks and six months although they typically last four to five months. English […]

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Apprentices Undertake Maintenance Project at Bury School

Posted on 28 Jul 2017

News Release from Bury College Woodhey High School enlisted the help and expertise of Bury College apprentices to help renovate areas of the school. Apprentices completing the Level 2 NVQ in Building Maintenance have embarked on an exciting ongoing project at the Ramsbottom High School, which involves renovating different areas of the school including classrooms […]

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Graduation ceremony takes place for UK’s first Degree apprentices

Posted on 19 Jul 2017

The first cohort of Degree apprentices in the UK have graduated from Aston University on Monday 17 July. Graduation ceremony takes place for UK’s first Degree apprentices – GOV.UK Eleven Capgemini Degree apprentices were awarded Bachelors of Science (BSc’s) in Digital and Technology Solutions, following 3 years of working at Capgemini combined with study. 64% […]

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SME Gap Project – Erasmus Vienna Peer Review Press Release – June 2017

Posted on 17 Jul 2017

The SME GAP project was officially launched in January 2017 at Manchester Town Hall. With over 80 attendees the launch event was a key opportunity for Greater Manchester SMEs to discuss and debate the real opportunities and challenges they face with apprenticeship programmes. The event also gave attendees the the opportunity to express their opinions […]

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Cogent Science Industry Partnership Ambassador Programme awarded two GMCC Social Value Awards

Posted on 11 Jul 2017

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) has awarded Cogent Skills with silver and bronze GM Social Value Awards in recognition of its dedication, time and effort towards supporting STEM careers outreach in the Greater Manchester community, through the SIP Ambassador Programme. SIP Ambassadors are a network of industry professionals who engage, inspire and enthuse young […]

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TfGM Apprentice Travel Offer – Guidance for Training Providers

Posted on 10 Jul 2017

  Greater Manchester Apprentice Travel Offers: Apprenticeship Provider Guidance   Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced details of an Apprentice Bike to Work Scheme & an Apprentice Free Ticket Scheme. Apprentice Bike to Work Scheme The Apprentice Bike to Work Scheme offers apprentices a free refurbished bike and accessories for them to use accessing […]

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How the Apprenticeship Levy Will Help Employers – Case Studies

Posted on 4 Jul 2017

The Travis Perkins view At builders merchant group Travis Perkins, for example, Louise Powell, group head of learning and development, is reviewing what L&D activities happen at the centre and what takes place in its various divisions. “We support and help them design the materials from the centre [many are modular-based], but we think the […]

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Apprenticeship Opportunity Business Event hosted by GM Chamber

Posted on 3 Jul 2017

This FREE breakfast and networking event will give Non Levy paying companies the opportunity to discover more about the particular implications and benefits of the reforms Details This breakfast and networking event, at Elliot House, will give you the opportunity to discover more about the particular implications and benefits of the upcoming reforms for Non […]

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Government publishes additional guidance on the 20 percent off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships.

        Government publishes additional guidance on the 20 percent off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships. The guidance document outlines a number of scenarios and the evidence requirements pertaining to employers and training providers delivering Apprenticeships going forward.  

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Building and Maintenance Apprentices help with Community Initiative

Bury College apprentices have embarked on a community initiative which will help high school pupils from the local area. Apprentices completing the Level 2 NVQ in Building Maintenance undertook a renovation project at Philips High School. Using the skills and knowledge they have gained during their apprenticeship, learners put their expertise into practice to refurbish […]

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New Service Launched for Business

Posted on 23 Jun 2017

Looking to Grow Your Business Through Recruitment, Training or Upskilling? A new service for businesses operating across Greater Manchester has been launched. Working alongside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority our Apprenticeship Growth Service this is a free and impartial service that see’s our specialist advisors go out to businesses to identify any potential skills gaps […]

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Female Engineer Progresses Career

Female Engineer Progresses Career A female engineer has progressed through the levels at Bury College and is now on target to reach her career dream as the nation comes together to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day. 20 year old Bobbie Dowding completed her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bury […]

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Degree apprenticeship for police constables launches

Posted on 20 Jun 2017

The new degree apprenticeship will be ‘an education founded on professional practice’, according to the College of Policing The curriculum for the new police degree apprenticeship has been published. The police constable degree apprenticeship programme was revealed last week by the College of Policing, and is designed to provide the next generation of police officers […]

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Become an Apprenticeship Champion and Utilise Amazing Apprenticeships’ resources

The Amazing Apprenticeships website offers lots of free downloadable Apprenticeship resources. You can also sign up to become an Apprenticeship Champion. Click here to access the resources. CHAMPIONS WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP CHAMPION? – Do you positively promote apprenticeships in creative ways to motivate young people? – Are you committed to creating opportunities for students […]

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Mayor of Greater Manchester appoints Sean Anstee as Skills and Apprenticeships Lead

Mayor Andy Burnham, has appointed Sean Anstee as Greater Manchester’s Lead for Skills, Employment, and Apprenticeships. The Leader of Trafford Council will oversee plans to secure higher quality apprenticeships with better pay and career progression opportunities alongside a more accessible university style application system. Cllr Anstee will also be responsible for enhancing employment opportunities for […]

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A guide to the election

Posted on 7 Jun 2017

Thanks to The Skills Company, who have been paying particularly close attention to what the major parties have to say about the skills agenda we now have a clear comparison to draw upon ahead of election day.   A like-for-like comparison is difficult, since each party sets out their manifestos differently, but they’ve trawled every page […]

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Greater Manchester Police Apprenticeship Opportunities

Posted on 6 Jun 2017

Due to the continuing success of our Apprenticeship Programme, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), in partnership with Damar Training, is recruiting a significant number of apprentice support roles and would like to attract a wide range of young people from different backgrounds reflecting its Greater Manchester communities. GMP is proud to be different both in the […]

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Skills for Business Awards 2017 – Nomination deadline 30th June

Posted on 31 May 2017

The Skills for Business Awards are now in their fourth year and continue to go from strength to strength. The Awards recognise and celebrate the direct impact learning has on businesses, individuals and communities in Greater Manchester. This year’s event will be at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, and will include a drinks reception, three […]

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Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships

This Document presents a set of principles that, when reflected in practice, demonstrate excellence in Apprenticeship delivery within healthcare employers. The principles offer a tool to aid improvement – they will help those already engaged in Apprenticeship training to develop their practice further. Those new to Apprenticeships may benefit from additional support to help plan and […]

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Success for Rossendale Apprentice

Posted on 30 May 2017

A Bury College apprentice is achieving his career dream and progressing his Engineering career as he completes an apprenticeship at Camfil UK, a worldwide leader in the field of Air Filtration. Joe Fletcher from Haslingden is due to finish his Level 3 Mechanical Maintenance apprenticeship in September and believes he is now equipped with the […]

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Damar Training announces new flexible learning and enrolment on Conveyancing Law qualifications!

Posted on 22 May 2017

Damar Training, the long-established vocational training provider, has announced some exciting new changes to their conveyancing apprenticeships and their standalone Level 4 and Level 6 Diplomas in Conveyancing Law and Practice. Damar has been a provider of the CLC/SQA Diplomas in Conveyancing Law and Practice since January 2017 and continues to make improvements to the courses […]

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National Apprenticeship Awards 2017

Posted on 15 May 2017

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will close for entries soon! You can find out more about the awards and benefits of entering by watching our video. Applicants have until Friday 26 May to submit their entry – at 5pm the National Apprenticeship Service close their search for England’s top apprenticeship employers and apprentices.  Employer Categories […]

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Apprenticeship Travel Offer

Posted on 25 Apr 2017

A recently launched pilot scheme to support Greater Manchester apprentices with the cost of travel, one of the most frequently cited barriers to apprenticeships reported to us by providers, partners and apprentices (particularly young people) and reflected in the GM Apprenticeship Strategy. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and New Economy (on behalf of the Greater Manchester […]

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Campaign helps young people ‘See Things Differently’

Posted on 22 Mar 2017

The ‘See Things Differently’ campaign is celebrating record levels of social media engagement and web activity following its National Apprenticeship Week initiative ‘The Pitch’. ‘The Pitch’ saw leading employers from across the region pitted against each other as they pitched their business to the young people of Greater Manchester. Siemens, ANS Group, The Co-operative, MAN […]

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Apprentices go nuts for celebrity chef

Posted on 20 Mar 2017

Gaining first-hand industry experience whilst working alongside a multi-award winning chef is preparing two Bury College apprentices for career success. Katie Dunham and Liam Mills are undertaking the Level 2 Professional Cookery apprenticeship at Nutters Restaurant, a modern, award-winning British restaurant owned by celebrity chef Andrew Nutter. Enjoying their first taste of work within the […]

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BOLTON COLLEGE RATED ‘GOOD’ BY OFSTED

Bolton College is celebrating after being rated as ‘good’ in its recent Ofsted inspection. A team of Ofsted inspectors spent four days at the College in February, and they scrutinised all aspects of the college provision. In their final report they judged the overall effectiveness of the College to be a grade 2, which is […]

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SIR DAVID CRAUSBY MEETS STAR APPRENTICES

Bolton College’s week-long celebration of apprenticeships finished with a bang, when MP Sir David Crausby joined successful apprentices in the College’s Signature restaurant for an awards ceremony. The event, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week, recognised star apprentices who have displayed commitment and success in each curriculum area. 15 apprentices were joined by their […]

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School pupils explore apprenticeship industries

Posted on 14 Mar 2017

High School pupils from Rochdale and Prestwich attended an exciting event at Bury College where they tried a range of apprenticeship sectors and learnt more about the apprenticeship opportunities available to them. Pupils from Wardle Academy and Prestwich Arts College took part in the ‘Bury College Challenging Stereotypes Event’ where pupils took part in taster […]

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APPRENTICE STAR VISITS LOCAL SCHOOLS

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Bolton College arranged for The Apprentice’s Adam Corbally to visit more than a thousand pupils at local secondary schools.  Adam, who appeared in series eight of the show and was named by the Radio Times as the favourite Apprentice candidate of all time, is now a professional guest speaker, motivational […]

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The Pitch: ANS Group

Posted on 10 Mar 2017

It’s the final day of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, which means it’s also the final day of #ThePitch. Last up: ANS Group. #NAW2017 #ThePitch #apprenticeships Follow @ANSGroup on Twitter

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Damar Training: Toby Hensman

Posted on 9 Mar 2017

Congratulations to Toby Hensman from Chartrange, who was awarded apprentice of the month in February 2017! In his own words, this has been Toby’s experience so far… What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship? For me, I felt an apprenticeship was the best move for me after completing my secondary education. Although I had […]

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Damar Training: James Jones

Congratulations to James Jones, the first apprentice at Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors to progress to the advanced legal services apprenticeship! James completed his A-Levels and was accepted into university. However, James quickly realised that this particular route was not for him. Working in the legal environment whilst completing a qualification appealed greatly to James and […]

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Making travel easier for local apprentices

Apprentices across Greater Manchester can now get free bus and Metrolink tickets to travel to work. The pilot scheme has been jointly developed and funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in response to feedback from apprentices and their training […]

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Lab technician under the microscope

Posted on 8 Mar 2017

Bury College’s apprenticeship recruitment service has helped a local business with their mission to give young people careers within the Science industry. Microbiological Solutions Ltd enlisted the services of the Employment Gateway to help them fill an Advanced Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship at their laboratory based in Walmersley. The recruitment team at the Employment Gateway, which […]

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