Tech courses prestige pledge

Posted on 27 Jan 2017

Mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham will ask the Prime Minister for a “UCAS style” process for technical courses to be trialled in Greater Manchester. The move is part of the Leigh MP’s economic strategy, if he is elected the region’s first directly elected mayor, which will be unveiled today. Speaking exclusively to the Wigan Evening Post, he […]

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Softcat scoops regional apprenticeship award

Posted on 24 Jan 2017

Softcat has won the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award for the North West region. The company collected the award at a ceremony held (13 October 2016) at St Helens Rugby Club, Merseyside. The National Apprenticeship Award programme, now in its 13th year, challenges top employers and apprentices across England to demonstrate how apprenticeships have made a […]

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Ashley triumphs at Apprenticeship Awards Finals

Posted on 23 Jan 2017

Bolton College’s award-winning apprentice Ashley Haslam has yet again triumphed, this time winning Highly Commended at the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards Finals in London on Friday. The annual event celebrates apprenticeships and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplace. This year, the Finals were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s […]

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The results are in

The 13th annual National Apprenticeship Awards took place on Friday evening in London. The ceremony, hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, saw six employers and three apprentices recognised for their commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon said: “Congratulations to all the winners – they are champions showcasing how apprenticeships to give everyone […]

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2017: The Year Apprenticeships Come Firmly Under The Spotlight

Posted on 17 Jan 2017

We spotted this interesting blog from Mark Farrar, CEO of AAT, on Huffington Post last week. Check it out: A new apprenticeship levy comes into force on 6 April 2017. It will require all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships. The levy is seen […]

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Willmott Dixon and its band of apprentices are changing Bolton for the better

Posted on 10 Jan 2017

Major refurbishment to Bolton Town Hall is now complete, bringing the Grade ll listed building into the 21st century while preserving its impressive history. The £7 million project, which included a total renovation of the Albert Halls, was carried out by contractor Willmott Dixon – but it could not have happened without the hard work and talent of apprentices. […]

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Support for Bury apprentices

Posted on 6 Jan 2017

A training group has enlisted the help of Bury College to further develop the knowledge of two managers through an apprenticeship programme. Karen Salisbury and Heather Ogden are nearing the end of their Level 3 Employment Related Services apprenticeships with Bolton-based company The Education Training Partnership. As part of the programme, the pair were given help […]

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Win Olly Murs Tickets

Posted on 5 Jan 2017

Here at #SEEDIFFERENT HQ we know that January can be a difficult month – Christmas is over, exams and coursework deadlines are looming and that back to work feeling is hard to knock! Don’t fret, because we’ve got something to brighten up even the dampest of days… Following the great success of our competition to […]

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Hat-trick of awards

Posted on 4 Jan 2017

Rochdale, UK based TBA Protective Technologies (TBA-PT) has been celebrating a hat-trick of successes with its Sales & Marketing Apprentice, Carla Heaney. After being awarded Apprentice of the Year at both the Rochdale Business Awards and Rochdale Training’s annual awards, Carla was also declared Group Training Association England (GTA) Business Apprentice of the Year 2016. […]

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Stockport Young Stars Awards 2016

Posted on 3 Jan 2017

Stockport Council celebrated the achievements of its young people at the Stockport Young Stars Awards in December. Over 300 people attended the three-hour event at Stockport Town Hall which recognised young people who have undertaken education and training with positive experiences. Organised by the Council’s 14 – 19 Services, it also recognises local employers who […]

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We catch up with our winner…

Posted on 21 Dec 2016

Earlier this month we selected the winner of our competition to win tickets to see The 1975 at Manchester Arena. Emily Supyk from Manchester was chosen – we caught up with her after the gig to get her thoughts: “The gig was amazing! This was my sixth time seeing them and it was incredible to see […]

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Bury College construction centre addresses skills gap

Bury College are developing a brand new Construction Centre which will help to further the college trade provision and expand the range of apprenticeship programmes. The module build, multi-purpose facility will house a range of construction trades including site joinery and bricklaying for students on full-time Bury College programmes and those learners completing trade apprenticeships. […]

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Degree apprenticeship for new police officers

All new police officers will have to be educated to degree level in future under sweeping changes to recruitment. A paid three-year “degree apprenticeship” is among three options open to people wanting to join one of the 43 forces in England and Wales under changes unveiled by the College of Policing. Would-be police officers can […]

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Employer Q&A: Stuarts Property Services

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Established in 1908, Stuarts Property Services is a family-run letting agent specialising in lettings and property management. Based in Cheadle, Stockport, Stuarts manage properties all over South Manchester with a great reputation in the industry. Stuarts have recently welcomed a new apprentice into its marketing function, Lucy Aitken-Warburton. Find out a bit more about Stuarts […]

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Joinery Apprentice Undertakes Historical Transformation Project

A Bury College Construction apprentice has been part of an exciting multi-million pound renovation project on a historic Bury venue. 18 year old James Owen is currently completing the Level 2 Bury College Site Carpentry apprenticeship with H.H. Smith & Sons Co. Ltd and has been involved in the renovation of the hugely popular performing […]

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Lauren scoops £100 in GMAC selfie competition

Posted on 14 Dec 2016

Salford City College student, Lauren Blissett, has today been announced as the lucky winner of the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company’s (GMAC) selfie competition. Lauren, former pupil of Irlam and Cadishead College, uploaded her creative selfie with a skeleton to Twitter to win £100 worth of Trafford Centre vouchers – just in time for Christmas shopping! […]

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Choices 2017

Posted on 13 Dec 2016

A NEW careers, skills and apprenticeships show has been organised for young people from across Greater Manchester. Called “Choices” it aims to help clear the confusion about deciding what career or job to go into and help with the move towards the world of work. Organised by WorldSkills UK and Prospects, with support from the […]

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Business managers develop skills for the future

Bolton based company The Education Training Partnership has enlisted the help of Bury College to further develop the knowledge of two managers through an apprenticeship programme. Karen Salisbury and Heather Ogden are nearing the end of their Level 3 Employment Related Services apprenticeships where they have gained additional skills to help with their job roles. […]

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Salford City College student wins ‘all-round inspiration’ award

Posted on 6 Dec 2016

A student at Salford City college has won the title of ‘all-round inspiration’ at the Greater Manchester Care Leavers’ Awards. Robert Wright took the top accolade, along with £100 worth of vouchers, for his volunteering work.  He has volunteered for five years with young people at the YouCan Community Club and also volunteers at the […]

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Wigan Council launch apprentices incentive

Posted on 5 Dec 2016

Wigan Council has pledged to help local firms enlist a whole host of new apprentices in a novel Christmas countdown.  The local authority says it will give a cash boost to any borough employer willing to take on a trainee each day from December 1 up to December 23. The enterprising advent offer is part […]

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And the winner is…

Posted on 2 Dec 2016

A big thank you to everyone that entered our competition to win tickets to see The 1975 at Manchester Arena. We had close to 5,000 entries! A winner has now been randomly selected and notified, and we can confirm that this is… Emily Jordan Supyk, aged 20, from Manchester – congratulations Emily! 🙂 Emily currently […]

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Award win for Salford City College apprentice

Posted on 29 Nov 2016

Salford City College Apprentice, Zac Challinor, has been announced as Adult Apprentice of the Year. The winner was revealed at the AOC (Association of Colleges) Annual Awards Conference in Birmingham, sponsored by Reed. Zac will now attend the winner’s reception in December at the House of Commons. Zac has undertaken a complete personal and professional […]

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Rochdale Training Awards 2016

The 47th annual Rochdale Training Awards Ceremony took place in the Grand Hall at Rochdale’s Town Hall on Thursday (17 November). Chairman of the Management Committee, Bob Beetham, welcomed everyone to the evening before Jill Nagy, Chief Executive of Rochdale Training, gave the annual report, which showed both an 11% increase in learner numbers over […]

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Increase to apprentice national minimum wage

Posted on 23 Nov 2016

Though Further Education and Skills took a back seat in today’s Autumn Statement, there was confirmation of a 10p apprentice minimum wage rise. The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise from £3.40 per hour to £3.50, which is a bigger increase than rates for most other groups. This follows the 20 per cent increase […]

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Chancellor visits Apprentices at Manchester Met University Business School

Posted on 21 Nov 2016

Lord Mandelson visited many of the departments in the university last week along with apprentices at Stephensons Solicitors, among them was a fruitful hour spent getting to know some of our exemplary higher and degree apprentices. 14 apprentices attended, from Law firms: SAS Daniels and Horwich Farelly, Trafford Council, Astra Zeneca, Barclays and Lloyds banks, […]

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Say hello to Stephanie!

Apprenticeship Profile: Dental Nurse Who’s this? Stephanie is an apprentice dental nurse working in a local dental practice, she has always enjoyed going to the dentist so when she saw the apprenticeship vacancy in a local newspaper she felt she had to apply. How does it pay? Stephanie works Monday to Friday 8.45am – 5.45pm […]

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New partnership creates apprenticeships in Rochdale

Posted on 16 Nov 2016

A new partnership between Hopwood Hall College and North Manchester Pennine Acute Trust is aimed at generating new career gateways in Rochdale. The bespoke programme has been designed to meet the specific skills needed by the NHS. Classroom study at Hopwood Hall College will allow apprentices to develop technical knowledge by completing a Level 2 […]

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Gary Neville supports Trafford Careers Fair at Hotel Football

TRAFFORD Council is organising a careers fair to be held at Hotel Football, Old Trafford, on November 29 between 2pm and 7pm. Around 40 local employers and training providers will be in attendance to offer a wide variety of exciting career, training and apprenticeship opportunities. The event is being run in partnership with Trafford Connexions […]

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SETA Engineering Apprentices commemorate WW1

Posted on 10 Nov 2016

Now for another story in line with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2016: First and second year Engineering apprentices training at SETA and employed by several Greater Manchester companies, were given a challenging and unique technical design and manufacturing project to complete before November Remembrance Day. 1916 saw the introduction of the tank, and the fabricated and […]

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Hospitality apprentice serves up career dream

A Bury College apprentice is realising his career dream after securing a Hospitality apprenticeship and working in two popular restaurants. Danny Taylor is completing the Hospitality Food and Drink apprenticeship and splits his time between Heaton Park Stables, an enchanting café in the heart of Heaton Park and the Eagle and Child, an award winning […]

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Posted on 8 Nov 2016

In the same year that Bolton College was singled out as best FE College in the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey, Bolton College has yet again been recognised for its success in developing award-winning apprentices – winning at the North West Regional Apprenticeship Awards 2016. ‘Intermediate Apprentice of the Year in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and […]

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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2016

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week shines a spotlight on engineers and engineering careers. It is an opportunity to highlight to young people the incredible things engineers work on and the range of jobs available in the industry. This year we’re celebrating the achievements of apprentices at MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd. Each year, MAN Diesel & […]

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New apprenticeship funding plans welcomed

Posted on 7 Nov 2016

New Government proposals for the funding of apprenticeships have been welcomed by the Skills Company, Greater Manchester’s largest training provider. The plans are part of a major reform of apprenticeships designed to create 3m new apprenticeships by 2020, spending £2.5bn to transform the country’s investment in the skills of the future workforce. The proposals will […]

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An exciting opportunity!

Posted on 4 Nov 2016

Magnafi ( are looking to recruit the next killer creative talents to their ever growing team. They will have the chance to work with huge brand names such as Sofology, Betfred, Missguided and Very to name only a few. Magnifi are a multi-award winning agency that has recently picked up awards at Campaign BIG and Creative Circle, […]

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It’s competition time…(again)

Posted on 2 Nov 2016

We love a good competition over here at #SEEDIFFERENT HQ, so we thought it was about time we ran another one. This time around we have 2 tickets to give away to see The 1975 at Manchester Arena in December. All you have to do to enter is head over to our homepage and enter […]

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Mayor visits Rochdale Training

Posted on 27 Oct 2016

Mayor Ray Dutton visited Rochdale Training on Monday (24 October) and  was given a tour of the recently refurbished building and a showcase of the organisation’s achievements. The Mayor has a background in assessing, training and teaching and has taught apprentices during his career, making him a real ambassador for apprenticeships. Mayor Dutton said: “It […]

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E.ON announces 100 new apprenticeships

Posted on 25 Oct 2016

E.ON has today (MON) announced that it is taking on 100 new apprentices over the next 12 months as it continues to roll out its award winning apprenticeship programme. The energy company will be creating 100 new apprenticeships which will be based on a scheme that launched in 2014 and last year won the award for Youth […]

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Salford employer shortlisted at National Apprenticeship Awards

Through its involvement with the ‘Creating a New Pendleton’ regeneration scheme in Salford, a local employer has been shortlisted for a National Apprenticeship Award for their work with Salford City College in delivering construction Apprenticeships. In October, Adary Joiners was named SME of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards for the Greater […]

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Apprentice serves charitable quest

Bury College apprentice Sarah Anson has found a rewarding vocation working for a charitable organisation as she completes the Level 2 Retail apprenticeship. 21 year old Sarah from Tottington is putting something back into the local community as she completes her apprenticeship at Age UK charity shop based in the Longfield Centre in Prestwich. Sarah […]

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Talking digital careers

Posted on 20 Oct 2016

The huge growth in digital careers means it is vital that teachers, parents and students all understand what options are out there. School leader Bernie Furey explains some of the steps her school has taken in this regard. Do you know what a “user experience architect” is? To me it sounds like something from BBC […]

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Manchester-based firms among top providers

Posted on 14 Oct 2016

Manchester-based firms RealityMine and Softcat have been named among the region’s top apprentice providers at the North West heat of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016. Some of the North West’s top apprenticeship providers were yesterday (13 Oct) hailed at the regional heat of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016. The awards were split into two categories […]

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Apprentice pursues animal care profession

Posted on 10 Oct 2016

Tyrone Daniels is pursuing his dream career after identifying a passion for working with animals and securing a Bury College Animal Care apprenticeship. The 19 year old from Great Lever, Bolton, began his level 3 apprenticeship at Pimhole Community Farm in Bury in July 2016 and is enjoying the hands-on experience and skills he is […]

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Made in Manchester Awards add category

The Made in Manchester Awards have added an extra category for 2017. Celebrating the best of Manchester’s young business talent, this year future pro-manchester have decided to add The Apprenticeship of the Year. This category is aimed at an outstanding individual who is currently serving or has completed an apprenticeship in the last year and has demonstrated […]

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Salford apprentice gets national recognition

Posted on 4 Oct 2016

Salford City College apprentice, Zac Challinor has been announced as one of the three finalists for the AOC (Association of Colleges) Apprentice of the Year Award. Zac has undertaken a complete personal and professional transformation to pursue a career in the education sector. Zac has now started his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Support and […]

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Emoji App wins Digital Advantage 2016

Posted on 3 Oct 2016

Against all the odds the £5000 Digital Advantage 2015-16 enterprise competition has been won by Chorlton High School, with their App to create and share your own customise Emojis – called Emojo. The innovative digital skills programme Digital Advantage, designed and developed by The White Room, and funded by Manchester New Economy and the GMSA […]

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MP calls for more apprenticeships in MediaCityUK

Posted on 26 Sep 2016

Earlier this month the £1bn expansion of MediaCityUK was approved by councillors in Salford. The site is set to “double in size” by 2026 with ten new buildings including two tower blocks, 1,400 properties and a multi-storey car park. MPs in Salford called for the expansion to include more jobs for local people. A spokesman for […]

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Seddon recruits new wave of apprentices

Builder and developer Seddon has recruited eight new trainees, after receiving more than 600 applications for its award-winning apprenticeship programme. This year’s training scheme will see three painter and decorators, one electrical engineer, two mechanical services and two professional services apprentices gain experience both on site and in the classroom. The successful applicants this year […]

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Club flies the flag for apprenticeship schemes

Posted on 23 Sep 2016

Manchester City’s community trust City in The Community is hosting a unique scheme to help disadvantaged young people launch financial careers with top employers. The innovative Leadership Through Sport & Business programme was showcased at the club’s recent Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, when six young accounting apprentices joined flag-bearers in the centre circle […]

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Man Met welcomes record number of apprentice students

Posted on 21 Sep 2016

As many students are eagerly anticipating the beginning of Manchester Metropolitan’s welcome week, some have already begun their university experience. This week, the University is welcoming a record number of students on to its Degree and Higher Apprenticeship programmes. Apprentices will get to know more about the University and each other during a busy week […]

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Third award win for star Alliance Learning apprentice

Posted on 20 Sep 2016

Alliance Learning Apprentice of the Year Neal Wareing has scooped yet another award. The innovative 20 year old apprentice was crowned Young Person/Apprentice of the year at the 2016 Bolton & Bury Business Awards. This was his third award win of the year as Neal has also recently won Electrical Apprentice of the Year as well […]

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A trio of engineering success at Bury College

Posted on 16 Sep 2016

Three aspiring engineers are on track to achieve their career dreams after securing jobs with local businesses. Chris Jones, Tom Vynne and Jack Whittle each completed the Bury College BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering this summer and have acquired the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to progress directly into […]

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Trafford First celebrates its third birthday

Posted on 15 Sep 2016

SINCE its launch in 2013, Trafford First has become a one-stop-shop for job related advice and guidance at its hubs based at the College’s Talbot Road and Altrincham sites. The college’s recruitment team works with some of the most significant employers from within the borough and Greater Manchester to match young people to potential apprenticeship […]

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Innovative new GM partnership gets national platform

Programme leader to deliver Greater Manchester apprenticeship strategy at national apprenticeship conference The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC) is to join the likes of KPMG, Barclays, the NHS and the Skills Funding Agency at the sold out School Leavers & Apprentices Conference for Employers this week in London. Hosted by Business Forums International (BFI), the […]

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Apprentice revolutionises business operation

A Business Management apprentice has received an exciting promotion after implementing a warehouse and inventory system which has revolutionised the running order of a local business. Panache Mujaya, 19 years old from Whitefield, began his Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship in 2014 at Innovate FM in Radcliffe, a soft services facilities management delivery company that […]

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Vernon Building Society welcomes first apprentices

Posted on 8 Sep 2016

Stockport-based Vernon Building Society has welcomed the first apprentices onto its new apprenticeship scheme. James Corrigan, a former student of Astley Sports College in Dukinfield and Melissa Fyfe who attended Aquinas College in Stockport are paving the way for the society. They have each embarked on apprenticeships in business administration in partnership with specialist apprenticeship […]

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Posted on 6 Sep 2016

Today sees the launch of a new online apprenticeships portal from the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC), designed to support and inspire students on their journey to an apprenticeship. The GMAC partnership, which launched in June, is a new collaboration between nine colleges from the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG), and leading training provider The […]

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Apprentices deliver first-class performance to mailing business

Posted on 5 Sep 2016

A well-established Bury business has enlisted the help of three Bury College apprentices as they continue to provide inbound and outbound post room solutions nationwide. The Mailing Room, who provides mail management, mail carriers and franking solutions to both commercial businesses and the public sector, discovered that as their business demands were growing so was […]

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Manchester Met welcomes new government funding

Posted on 1 Sep 2016

The government has announced new funding proposals for apprenticeships, in which they will ‘co-invest’ with employers, to cover at least 90 per cent of the cost of training. The new rules also mean that employers with fewer than 50 staff, are able to enrol apprentices under 19-years-of-age onto certified programmes, including those at Manchester Met, […]

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Manchester Digital launches first apprenticeship scheme

Posted on 30 Aug 2016

Manchester Digital has launched its first ever apprenticeship scheme, in a move it says will increase industry collaboration and set a precedent for how digital apprenticeships are delivered. The Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship has been developed by a number of businesses including Auto Trader – who have helped shape the curriculum – and will […]

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Manchester Pride 2016

What a bank holiday weekend! The #SEEDIFFERENT team were out in full force on Saturday – morphs, Zumba dancers, Carnival girls – you name it we had it! We were delighted to be part of Manchester Pride’s Parade for the second year running and join so many other fantastic organisations and charities as they took […]

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