Removing Barriers to Apprenticeships call for proposals – Deadline extended.

Posted on 8 Apr 2020

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, and recognising the additional impact and pressures on many of our partner organisations, apprenticeship providers and employers, GMCA has taken the decision to extend the deadline for this call for proposals. The new closing date for submission is 5pm on Thursday 7th May. As a reminder, details of the […]

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Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Intermediary Digital Masterclass

Posted on 27 Mar 2020

by NSAR   OUR MASTERCLASSES ARE GOING ONLINE To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and delegates during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we have moved our Masterclasses online. You can register for one of our FREE upcoming Masterclasses where intermediaries and providers for smaller employers, can gain access to tools, resources and up-to-date […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for apprentices

Posted on 24 Mar 2020

Frequently asked questions and further information These questions and answers will be updated regularly in line with advice from central government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE). For queries not covered by this guidance, please contact the apprenticeship service helpline. They can be contacted by telephone on 0800 […]

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Wellbeing workshops

Posted on 20 Mar 2020

This webinar meets 5 times. Wed, Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM GMT Mon, Mar 30, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM BST Thu, Apr 2, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM BST Show in My Time Zone As the world changes rapidly all around us, it’s more essential than ever that we […]

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The Apprenticeship Intermediary Service Microsite is LIVE!

Posted on 9 Mar 2020

Having difficulty understanding the changes to the apprenticeship service? Need guidance on how to apply a training provider to your apprenticeship account? Small employers need a clear pathway to truly utilise apprenticeships so that they can experience the positive effects that they can have on their business. In partnership with the Education and Skills Funding […]

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Trafford College hosts Digital Her festival

Posted on 5 Mar 2020

Trafford College rubber stamped its support for helping girls take their next steps into careers in tech by hosting a Digital Her festival for secondary schools from across Greater Manchester. With glittering alumni like TV and Film BTEC’s Hannah Seager, who beat thousands to work on the production team of Blue Peter, the College’s multi-million […]

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Andy Burnham visits Bolton College for an evening of Celebration

Posted on 2 Mar 2020

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, was Bolton College’s guest of honour at a dazzling ‘Celebrating Success’ awards dinner. Nine learners from the College, which is part of the University of Bolton Group, were chosen to attend the evening, following outstanding achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. Their guests and VIPs enjoyed […]

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The sky’s the limit for College roofing apprentices

Posted on 27 Feb 2020

The sky’s the limit for four Bolton College roofing apprentices, who went head to head to be named ‘Apprentice of the Year.’ The North West Roof Training Group Apprentice of the Year Competition was a collaboration between the College’s roofing department and The North West Roof Training Group, a non-profit training organisation that enhances, improves […]

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Award-winning alumni wow during Industry Week

Posted on 17 Feb 2020

Award-winning hair stylists, nail art influencers and celebrity makeup artists were among the VIP guests showcasing their skills and the careers on offer to hair and beauty students during an action-packed industry week at Trafford College Group. Afro hair stylist Naomi Brooks and Afro Barber of the Year Graham Grimshaw paid a return visit to […]

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Apprenticeships are the way forward in Wigan Borough

Posted on 12 Feb 2020

A Wigan Borough teen is encouraging his peers to explore apprenticeships after securing a job in the engineering industry. Keon Smith, 16, is employed by MAP Engineering in Lowton and has recently started a three-year engineering apprenticeship after his employer sought funding from Wigan Council. A few months into his new role, Keon is keen […]

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SME Support Grant allows Woof Club to take on Apprentice

Posted on 11 Feb 2020

Laura Matthews and Austin Broomhead started Woof Club, a day-care centre for dogs in March 2019. Based at Lomber Hey Farm in Stockport Woof Club offer an opportunity for dogs to play and socialise while their owners are at work as well as undertaking basic command training, agility play, breed specific activities, sensory / stimulation […]

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Bury College Apprentices Recognised During National Celebration Event

Bury College celebrated National Apprenticeship Week 2020 with a series of certificate presentations to exceptional apprentices. The college is proud to have so many standout apprentices who are working hard towards securing industry-recognised qualifications whilst gaining on-the-job experience. Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, Gary Spann, Bury College Head of Employer Engagement, was delighted to meet with […]

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Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Ambassadors and Employers celebrate during National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Posted on 6 Feb 2020

Wednesday 5th February 2020 brought together a number of the Greater Manchester (GM) Apprenticeship Ambassadors and their employers to celebrate at Lloyds Bank’s flagship branch on Market Street, Manchester. Project Manager, Matt Leigh opened the event with an update on the GM Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme’s achievements, which include: • Over 400 GM Apprenticeship Ambassadors trained […]

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Mayor of Bury Recognises Achievement of Apprentice

The Mayor of Bury was delighted to meet a Bury College and Bury Council apprentice to join in celebrating an exceptional apprenticeship journey. The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Trevor Holt, was pleased to meet with ambitious Business Administration apprentice Shannon Wood who is working within the Social Development team at Bury Council. This was an […]

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Dental Nurse Strides Towards Career Ambition

Posted on 24 Jan 2020

An ambitious dental practitioner is on her way to achieving her career dream after embarking on a Bury College apprenticeship. Mia Carswell has successfully completed her Level 2 Dental Nursing qualification and has progressed onto the Level 3 apprenticeship which she is due to complete in October 2020. Coming from a family of hardworking dental […]

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Award-Winning Brewery give Apprentices a Taste for Employment

Posted on 20 Jan 2020

Six ambitious individuals have signed career-enhancing apprenticeship contracts with a leading Manchester-based brewery. JW Lees have given six young people the chance to fulfil their career ambitions through a unique apprenticeship opportunity which will see them undertake the Commis chef programme. During their apprenticeship, these budding catering entrepreneurs will be employed within JW Lees’ pubs […]

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Greater Manchester Colleges nominated for TES FE Awards 2020

Posted on 14 Jan 2020

Congratulations to our local nominees! Find out more by clicking here FE College of the Year – Oldham College Apprenticeship Programme of the Year – Total People  Employer Engagement – The Manchester College FE Leader of the year – Lisa O’Loughlin, The Manchester College World Skills Unsung Hero – Joan Scott, Trafford Colleges Group

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£1.9 million boost for Greater Manchester apprenticeships

Posted on 13 Jan 2020

GREATER Manchester’s small businesses have benefited from boosts in apprenticeship opportunities thanks to a £1.9 million support package. Since March 2019, when a £1.9 million apprentice support package was launched in the city-region, a total of 186 small businesses have received grants of £3,000 to help create new apprenticeship opportunities. Greater Manchester’s #SeeDifferent Small-to-Medium Enterprise […]

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Apprentice Climbs the Financial Career Ladder

Posted on 16 Dec 2019

An enterprising apprentice is on the road to achieving his career goal of working within the Financial Services industry after successfully completing a Bury College Business programme. Arran Palmer was delighted to secure an apprenticeship job opportunity at Excel-A-Rate Business Services Limited, an independent asset finance company and brokerage which is based in Radcliffe. In […]

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Engineers claim World Skills honours

News story taken from: “Two higher-level apprentices, who study at Tameside College’s Advanced Technology Centre, have won bronze at the World Skills UK 2019 final in Birmingham. Their bronze medal in the industrial control category at the World Skills UK 2019 final, places them amongst the best trainees in the sector. The three day […]

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Apprenticeship Vacancy – Laboratory Technician | Biograd

Posted on 29 Nov 2019

The role requires the successful candidate to prepare all materials for the courses, including live bacterial and fungal cell culture, prepare stock solutions, clean and maintain equipment and conduct 3D printing of laboratory components. Admin duties include ordering and stocking laboratory supplies and chemicals, produce assessment materials, provide and email references following courses and attend […]

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The Mayor of Bury launches the JTL and Bury College Electrical Installation Partnership

Posted on 25 Nov 2019

On Friday 22nd November, JTL, the leading national training provider for electrical and plumbing and heating apprenticeships, invited The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Trevor Holt, to officially launch its new partnership with Bury College. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, local employers were given a guided tour of the college’s workshops. They also had the opportunity […]

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Business Matters: Backing Apprenticeships, Backing Manchester

Posted on 18 Nov 2019

Elyn Corfield, Lloyds Banking Group’s Ambassador for the North, on how Manchester’s thriving business scene can capitalise on the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund and unlock the benefits of apprenticeships. Greater Manchester’s business scene is going from strength to strength. ONS data shows  that there are now more than 100,000 companies in the area, […]

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Michael John Training

Posted on 12 Nov 2019

Michael John are delighted to announce that Ahmed Alkhafaji, MJTS Intermediate Level2 Standard Barber, won the Retail, Hospitality & Tourism award for apprentices at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards. This achievement becomes even more significant as his employer Mr Darren Upsall, Blades Barbershop, Marple, Stockport, is a former MJTS Apprentice. This clearly demonstrates what a significant […]

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Grime Artist Jaykae to Headline Apprentice Nation Concert in Mancheste

Posted on 7 Nov 2019

UK Grime artist Jaykae is set to headline Apprentice Nation’s concert on December 8th at Gorilla, Manchester. Jaykae, who hails from Birmingham, will be performing an exclusive show for young people as a reward for taking part in an Apprentice Nation Action Day. Action Days will be taking place in Manchester throughout November up until […]

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Cast your nominations now for Apprenticeship Awards at Salford City College

Posted on 4 Nov 2019

The 2020 Salford City College Apprenticeship Awards are almost upon us. This time it is set to be bigger and better than ever. They are giving their employer clients the job of nominating themselves or their apprentices. The awards ceremony is set to be help on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK. With […]

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FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards

Posted on 1 Nov 2019

FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to give the recognition employers and providers deserve. The awards were established in 2017 as a joint project by FE Week and AELP, with the national awards ceremony taking place the Annual Apprenticeship […]

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Apprentice Nation

Posted on 31 Oct 2019

Apprentice Nation is now being supported by BT and is coming to Manchester this Autumn for an EXCLUSIVE concert. To get a ticket, attend one of their Action Days. Apprentice Nation is a new platform designed to raise awareness and inform people about apprenticeships. We invite people to attend an Action Day to discover all […]

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Greater Manchester Police are looking for Apprentices!

Posted on 24 Oct 2019

Apprentices perform a vital role within GMP, providing excellent customer service and administrative support to members of the public, GMP colleagues and partners. We are recruiting Customer Services apprentices to work within the Operational Communications Branch and would like to attract a wide range of people from our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. The Operational […]

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Construction Apprentice Abdul wins Apprentice of the Year!

Posted on 15 Oct 2019

This article has been taken from the following website – It was celebrations all round on Thursday 3rd October, as Abdul Tahir was named Apprentice of the Year at the Greater Manchester Building of the Year awards. The awards, held at the Imperial War Museum as part of the GM Chamber Property & Construction […]

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Apprentice work on display

This article has been taken from the following website – Have you spotted the “roarsome” prehistoric garden in Rochdale Town Centre yet? In addition to some fabulous information about the really wild plants and how they relate to the dinosaurs, you can see a brilliant example of the hard work our Engineering Apprentices have […]

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Damar Training legal apprentices achieve UK first

Posted on 14 Oct 2019

This article has been taken from the following website – The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has confirmed that two Damar Training’s legal apprentices at the Government Legal Department are the first in the UK to pass the Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive End Point Assessment. The Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship standard is […]

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She did it! College apprentice Caitlin named ‘Apprentice of the Year’

This article has been taken from the following website – Caitlin, who works at AK Hair Lounge in Hindley, walked away with the prestigious accolade after being nominated by Bolton College. She gave up a lucrative position at university, studying Law, to pursue her passion for hairdressing and has wowed her tutors with her […]

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Apprentices add Chamber award to silverware

Three Trafford College Group apprentices have added to their silverware with trophies from Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Commis Chef Kane Brown from Royal Northern College of Music won best overall apprentice at Cresta Court Hotel on Thursday evening (Oct 10th), with hospital pharmacy assistant Nadeem Alli and Hairdresser Aimee Southgate of […]

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Constructing the Future are looking for an apprentice!

Posted on 11 Oct 2019

Constructing the future are looking for apprentices to complete their NVQ Level 2 Bricklayers! Stoneyhead Developments, 1 Stoneyhead, Higher Calderbrook Road, Littleborough, OL15 9NH Recruitment Criteria Good common sense To be local to head office address or car driver Commitment to college Adaptable The closing date for this vacancy is 18th October. If you would like […]

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Constructing the Future are looking for an apprentice!

Posted on 9 Oct 2019

Constructing the future are looking for apprentices to complete their NVQ Level 2 Bricklayers! Mulbury Homes, Kersal Road, Prestwich Recruitment Criteria Reliable Good timekeeping Commitment to learning Preferably GCSE Maths and English at C Interest in construction The closing date for this vacancy is 18th October. If you would like more information on the apprenticeship, please click […]

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Sweet Success for Bury College Apprentices

Bury College apprentice chefs went head to head with individuals across Bury as they competed in a Great British Bake Off style competition judged by BBC baking champion Candice Brown. Bury College Commis Chef apprentices William Robinson and Ben Donnelly showcased their culinary skills during the Village Baker competition, an event which invited budding bakers […]

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SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd Apprenticeship Opportunities!

Posted on 30 Sep 2019

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd are looking to recruit an enthusiastic apprentice to join their dynamic team in Greater Manchester. The apprentice will be working towards the Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship. At SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, we’re committed to creating a greener planet. We’re working to conserve resources, reduce landfill […]

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Blog Post: Emma Nolan – Apprenticeship Applications

Posted on 23 Sep 2019

Hi there! I’m Emma Nolan and I am an Apprentice Software Engineer at Thales UK. I’m doing a level 6 degree apprenticeship – I study Digital and Technology Solutions at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). I hope I can provide some insightful advice on the process of looking for apprenticeships, to submitting applications, going through the […]

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Bury College and JTL Confirm Details of New Apprenticeship Partnership

Posted on 11 Sep 2019

The Chief Executives of Bury College and JTL have finalised the details of an innovative new apprenticeship partnership and the exciting opportunities the collaboration will bring to the local area. Last month, Bury College and JTL announced the new partnership which will initially focus on the delivery of electrical apprenticeships. Charlie Deane, Bury College Principal […]

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Business Apprentice Adds Value to School Office

A busy school office has enlisted the help of a hardworking Bury College apprentice to help support the operation side of their business. Higher Lane Primary School have recruited Business Administration Apprentice Georgi Simms to support the increasing demand of the well-resourced primary school office. 19 Year Old Georgi has recently completed her first academic […]

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New 16-17 ‘railcard’ launches to save 1.2m young people £186 a year on travel

The new Saver Card will give 16-and-17-year-olds access to half price National Rail travel, including on peak and season tickets, enabling them to travel at a reduced rate for two years. It’ll apply to anyone starting or returning to sixth-form or college, beginning an apprenticeship or entering the world of work from Monday 2 September, […]

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GMP – Business Administration Apprenticeship Opportunity

Number of Posts: Various Advertised: EXTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY Branch/Division: Forcewide Location: Forcewide Contract Type: Temporary Contract Length:Up to 12 months Hours: 36.25 hpw Advertised Salary: £10,932 – £13,425 Apprentices perform a vital role within Greater Manchester Police, providing excellent customer service and administrative support to members of the public, colleagues and partners. We are recruiting Business Administration apprentices and would […]

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Blog Post: Emma Nolan – My Apprenticeship Journey

Posted on 15 Aug 2019

Currently, I am an Apprentice Software Engineer at Thales UK and I will shortly be moving into the second year of a four year course. Part of my apprenticeship involves being a part-time student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) where I study a BSc (hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions, specialising in Software Engineering. My […]

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Plans to expand apprenticeship opportunities boosted by launch of Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service

Posted on 2 Aug 2019

Greater Manchester is to lead the way in opening up apprenticeship opportunities for many more local people with the launch of an industry-leading Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service, linking the city-region’s growing businesses with a skilled workforce and reversing the recent decline in apprenticeship starts. The Service, delivered by the Growth Company, is the only […]

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The Steve Burne Apprentice of the Year Award 2019!

Posted on 29 Jul 2019

Nominations are now open for the seventh Greater Manchester Chamber Apprentice of the Year Award, named in 2018 after Steve Burne, the former Vice-President of Greater Manchester Chamber and Chairman of the Property & Construction Group. The Chamber of Commerce are inviting for any current construction apprentice technical or trade based) in the Greater Manchester […]

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NLTG Training Case Study

Posted on 15 Jul 2019

    “ The SEDA project has provided a welcome source of referrals to NLTG for a range of our apprenticeship programmes. All leads sent through have had clear information for contacting & next steps. I have found employers to be well informed on current government funding models/incentives etc. prior to our contact; this means […]

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Mantra Case Study

“ SMEs and Start-ups have gone from wondering what’s available to help them, to becoming very enthusiastic about the bright future that potentially lies ahead. I’ve worked with the SEDA team in phase 1 and now in phase 2. It’s been very helpful in that SEDA has been able to complete in-depth needs analyses, not […]

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Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service Launch

Posted on 11 Jul 2019

We would like to invite you to join us for the launch of the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service at 2pm on Friday 2 August 2019. Levy paying organisations are able to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to other employers. The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service makes this […]

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