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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City-wide programme needed to ‘maximise’ apprenticeship levy benefits

Posted on 25 Aug 2016

A single apprenticeship programme across the public sector could be the only way to maximise the benefits of the new apprenticeship levy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has said. In a report published ahead of Friday’s board meeting, Cllr Sean Anstee, portfolio leader for work and skills, and Theresa Grant, portfolio lead chief executive for […]

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Go for it!

Posted on 23 Aug 2016

James Clarke, 20 a former pupil of Trinity C of E High, Manchester is completing his Level 3 Design qualification at Excel Publishing Co Ltd as a Junior Designer. “My apprenticeship and employer have helped me gain a lot more confidence, experience and skills. I couldn’t be more grateful to my employer as they have […]

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Going the extra mile

Demonstrating that hard work and dedication really does pay off, level 3 Business Administration apprentice Hannah Hughes was recently recognised at the college’s annual Student Excellence Awards, where she was named Apprentice of the Year. “There’s no such thing as being too busy – if you really want something, you’ll make time for it!” says […]

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Apprentices on the up!

A host of Bury College AAT Accounting apprentices are realising their career ambitions as they progress through the apprenticeship levels and continue to gain industry recognised qualifications. The apprenticeship is providing individuals with a mix of theoretical learning and practical training as they are gaining a valuable insight into the different accounting principles and essential […]

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What next?

Posted on 19 Aug 2016

It’s the day after the night before, A Levels are officially over, the partying is done and the biggest question on your lips is ‘What next?’ You’ve got friends going off to university in September, but you’re undecided about what next step to take now that the dust has settled. University seems like the right […]

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Posted on 17 Aug 2016

For thousands of teenagers across Greater Manchester, the anxious wait for A Level results is finally over this week.  But regardless of the results, there are still big decisions to take about the next steps to that dream career.  The Sutton Trust recently reported that the average student debt on graduation is about £44,500, and […]

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The Government’s new proposals concerning the Apprenticeship Levy have been welcomed by Greater Manchester’s newly established Apprenticeship Growth Service (AGS), part of the Manchester Growth Company. The levy is being introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, and is expected to raise £3bn annually across the country.  From […]

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A fresh partnership for Damar Training

Posted on 16 Aug 2016

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Freshfields) has launched a new paralegal apprenticeship scheme, which offers aspiring paralegals an alternative route into the profession. Freshfields will offer apprenticeships at its Legal Services Centre in Manchester, with the first intake starting in October 2016. The scheme will offer apprentices a flexible and less costly route to enter the […]

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Celebrations all round at The Juice Academy

Posted on 12 Aug 2016

  The Juice Academy are celebrating the graduation of their biggest ever cohort! Read on to find out how their day of celebrations went… On Tuesday 9th August, we saw our biggest-ever Cohort (Cohort 9) of apprentices fly the nest and become Juice Academy graduates!  Hosted at JW Lees’ Rain Bar, the space was filled with proud […]

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It’s a secure role for Kyle at Clarion!

Clarion Security Systems is a security company based in Manchester that deals with the design, installation, service and maintenance of security systems for commercial enterprises. We spoke to apprentice Kyle Hennessy and a representative from Clarion about the Level 2 Alarm and Security Systems apprenticeship and the application process at Clarion… APPRENTICE Name and role? What […]

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ANS Academy attracts local talent

Posted on 9 Aug 2016

Cloud services provider ANS Group is continuing to invest in local talent by taking on a record number of apprentices this year. The 15 new recruits will be given a kick-start to their career in IT at the ANS Academy, located at Manchester Science Park. Here, the apprentices will progress through their managed IT services training over three years, […]

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Posted on 2 Aug 2016

Specialist industry law firm, Horwich Farrelly, has recruited a record 18 apprentices – almost double the amount taken on last year. Not only is this the firm’s largest intake since it co-created the UK’s first legal apprentices in 2013, it also places Horwich Farrelly in the top tier nationally for law firms offering work-based schemes. […]

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Apprentice of the Year Video Nominations and Winners from the Skills for Business Awards!

Posted on 29 Jul 2016

With the Skills for Business Awards having now happened over a month ago, we thought we’d take a moment to upload the videos  for the Apprentice of the Year category and celebrate each nominee’s success. The Apprentice of the year award was spread across 3 categories this year with significant submissions for each of the awards. […]

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Altrincham-based business launches new apprenticeship

Posted on 28 Jul 2016

Costa Coffee franchisee launches new bespoke apprenticeship programme, offering young people in region an alternative to traditional university route. One of the North’s fastest-growing franchise businesses, Sim Trava, is on the look-out for fresh, young talent to join its growing business as apprentices. The Altrincham-based company, which owns and runs 25 Costa Coffee stores across […]

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Graham Lamb: Advanced Management Apprentice

Posted on 22 Jul 2016

Graham Lamb works at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust as a Cook Team Leader responsible for the catering needs of patients, staff and visitors. He challenged himself by completing an advanced apprenticeship in management which will help him to develop his career with The Christie and the NHS. Whilst some areas of the course were […]

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Engineering Futures gains royal approval

Posted on 18 Jul 2016

Prince Harry paid a visit to Three Sisters Racing Circuit in Wigan last week to see for himself how a schools motorsport initiative called The Blair Project, supported by Engineering Futures, is developing STEM skills by bringing together product design, 3D printing and go-karting. His Royal Highness spent over one and a half hours talking […]

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Recipe for apprenticeship success

Following a successful recruitment event at Bury College, four Hospitality and Catering students have secured exciting full time apprenticeships at a new gastro style pub owned by award winning celebrity chef Andrew Nutter. Andrew approached Bury College with the aim of recruiting an enthusiastic team of apprentices to join The Bird at Birtle, an addition […]

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Creative Pioneers Q&A

Posted on 7 Jul 2016

We spoke to Sean White, Creative Pioneer graduate, class of 2015 about his experiences as an apprentice with BJL. Why become an apprentice? I found that throughout my time at School and College, I never really felt that I could excel within my respected subjects. An apprenticeship seemed like the perfect opportunity to sharpen my […]

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Lisa scoops higher apprentice of the year award

Lisa Grimes from Leigh is Executive Assistant to the Finance Manager at Creative Support in Manchester. Creative Support is a national charitable organisation which provides care and support for vulnerable people with needs such as learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism and dementia. The organisation employs around 6000 people, and is headquartered in Manchester city […]

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All you need to know about the apprenticeship levy

Posted on 5 Jul 2016

The Apprenticeship Levy comes into force in April 2017. It’s being introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, and is expected to raise £3bn annually across the country. Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of Manchester based training organisation, The Skills Company has provided the answers to some common questions […]

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Bolton College Scoops Two Regional Awards

Just months after being singled out as best FE College in the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey, on Thursday 9th June Bolton College was recognised yet again for its successful collaboration with local businesses – winning in the Health & Social Care category and Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the Skills for Business Awards […]

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National first for apprenticeships

Posted on 27 Jun 2016

Greater Manchester colleges and leading skills provider join forces to boost apprenticeship growth Today sees the launch of a new partnership between ten leading further education and skills providers in Greater Manchester to accelerate the uptake of apprenticeships in the region. The ground breaking partnership, which will be known as the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company […]

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Interview: Theresa Grant (GMCA)

Posted on 20 Jun 2016

Greater Manchester’s lead on skills and employment tells the Apprenticeship Hub why devolution and the changing educational landscape make it the perfect place for young people to begin a career.   Sat behind Theresa Grant’s desk in Trafford Town Hall is a placard referencing inmate rule #21 from the American high security prison, Alcatraz. Just […]

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Aldi apprentice ace!

Posted on 17 Jun 2016

Aldi is a reputable global retailer that is continually in the news for the right reasons, with profits soaring and happy customers to boot! It is no surprise then that they also run an extremely successful apprenticeship programme. We caught up with apprentice Jamie Corcoran to hear about his apprenticeship journey to date. Despite getting good grades in his GCSEs […]

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Intermediate & Advanced Business Administration

Posted on 15 Jun 2016

Business Administration apprenticeships are a great first step in an administration career in a business or office environment. Damar Training offers Intermediate and Advanced Business Administration apprenticeships across Greater Manchester, and has produced a handy guide to the qualifications. Find a link to download the fact sheet here. To find out more you can call Damar on 0161 480 8171.

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Blog: Bethany Greenwood @ Aptus Utilities

Posted on 14 Jun 2016

I was working as a hairdresser after completing an apprenticeship, but after a few years began to feel my career options were limited. It was a big decision to leave, but I had heard positive reports about Alliance Learning through friends and family and decided to go through them to find a new role. The […]

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Double Success at Skills for Business Awards

Bury College is proud to have been crowned winners of two highly valued Skills for Business Awards.   At the prestigious awards ceremony held on Thursday 9th June, Bury College was presented with the Outstanding Innovation Award for its partnership with the National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) and global engineering firm Doosan Babcock. In addition, Bury […]

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A personalised approach

Posted on 8 Jun 2016

New Charter Academy are working hard to engage all parents including those who are traditionally hard to reach. Their consistent and personalised approaches are beginning to work… Setting New Charter Academy is a large secondary Academy for pupils aged 11 to 18. The school has a higher than average number of pupils from disadvantaged background. […]

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Blog: A reflection on my year as a creative pioneer

Posted on 7 Jun 2016

It has now been over 7 months since I finished my first ever apprenticeship and so I think I can now properly look back and truly reflect on my experience. September 8th, 2014 was the day that I began my apprenticeship in Social and Digital Media at Nine Lives Media, a rapidly growing production company […]

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Greater Manchester Police to increase Apprenticeship Programme

Posted on 6 Jun 2016

We are pleased to say that Greater Manchester Police is significantly increasing the size of its apprenticeship programme over the coming year. This means that there are likely to be around 240 apprenticeship job opportunities for young GM residents, spread across three intakes. GMP’s apprenticeship programme has been running for over three years now and […]

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It’s Competition time…

Posted on 3 Jun 2016

It’s officially the start of summer, which can only mean one thing… competition time! We are offering a few very lucky winners the chance to take pride of place on the #SEEDIFFERENT float at Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend Parade 2016. For full details of how to enter see our flyer (pictured left). And if you needed […]

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Accounting Apprentice is a Cut Above at L’Oréal

Posted on 31 May 2016

Bury College apprentice Mike Nelson has been praised for his fantastic progress during his AAT accounting apprenticeship with the cosmetics leader L’Oréal, who are looking to continue to support him to the next level. Having had a keen interest in accounting for a long time, Mike, a former pupil of Bridgewater High School in Warrington, […]

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Accounting apprentice destined for the top

Sam Birchenough works at Warr & Co Chartered Accountants, an accounts practice based in Stockport. He is new to accounts, but has demonstrated exceptional talent and potential during his first year as an apprentice. His work is no longer required to be checked and monitored at each level and he is set tasks that would […]

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The Skills Co Apprentice Flourishing in Creative Role

Posted on 27 May 2016

We spoke to Olivia, Marketing Apprentice at Marketing Manchester, to hear about her apprenticeship journey so far… Where did you go to school/college? What was your experience of education like? I went to Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form, the lifestyle of college was very relaxed, however when it came to course work deadlines or exam times, […]

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Damar Training named AAT Training Provider of the Year by the Association of Accounting Technicians

Damar Training, the specialist apprenticeship training provider, has been named AAT Training Provider of the Year (Small) at the Association of Accounting Technicians’ Training Provider Awards 2016.   The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of accountancy students across the country as well as the training providers who deliver the AAT’s accounting qualifications. The awards ceremony […]

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Bury College Celebrates Traineeship Success

Posted on 25 May 2016

On 16th May Bury College proudly hosted a celebration event to acknowledge the exceptional achievement of twelve young aspiring engineers. The twelve trainees, who were recruited from across Greater Manchester, successfully completed a unique pre-apprenticeship opportunity with Bury College at global engineering company Doosan Babcock. The innovative programme, supported by the Nuclear Industrial Partnership, provided […]

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Qdos: An Employer’s Journey

Find out more about how Qdos came to employ an apprentice and how easy the process was from Managing Director, Damian Linley. Also hear from Joe Turner, Qdos apprentice about how his journey with Oldham College is going.

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Campaign calls on young people to kick-start career with an apprenticeship

New GetInGoFar campaign shows young people how an apprenticeship can give them the skills and experience they need to land their dream job. From hundreds of talented apprentices across England, 13 have been selected to be the stars of the campaign. Telling their stories, the apprentices, from top firms including IBM, JCB and Sellafield, will […]

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