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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The Pitch: MAN Diesel

A MAN Diesel apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to rotate around the company and take part in a global exchange programme – exciting stuff! Do you want to be part of the future generation of this business? #ThePitch #NAW2017 #apprenticeships

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Joinery Apprentice Gains Skills During High Profile Bury Project

Posted on 7 Mar 2017

Bury College Joinery apprentice Tom Hannon has been part of an exciting new development which has seen an old car dealership transformed into a state-of-the-art veterinary practice. 21 year old Tom is currently completing the Level 2 Bury College Site Carpentry apprenticeship with H.H. Smith & Sons Co. Ltd and has been involved in the […]

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The Pitch: Siemens

Next up to pitch: Siemens. Siemens is one of the UK’s leading apprenticeship employers…and they want you! Hear from Apprenticeship Services Manager, Jason Phin, plus two of their current apprentices, about why you should get on board… What do you think of #ThePitch so far? Get involved in the process and tell us your thoughts on […]

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It’s time to have your say

Posted on 6 Mar 2017

How do you fancy being a voice of your peers? We’re looking for a selection of young people (13-19) to be part of an online survey to find out what life is like for you. What does your future hold? How do you make your decisions? Where do you get careers information from? We want […]

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The Pitch: MC2

It’s time to hand it over to the businesses… At #SEEDIFFERENT HQ we want to help the talented young people of Greater Manchester out by showing you the huge range of opportunities to kick start your career. We’ve teamed up with some of the region’s hottest and most pioneering companies to bring you: The Pitch. […]

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A cut above the rest

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company celebrates apprentice success as its innovative portal reaches milestone user The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC) is celebrating the success of its innovative apprenticeship support portal which has surpassed 6,000 users in just six months. This is Me, launched in September 2016, is exclusively available to young people studying with GMAC […]

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What apprenticeships are the next generation of workers in your area choosing?

Greater Manchester is leading the way in training the next generation of business and administration professionals. Apprenticeships in business and administration are noticeably more popular in the area than elsewhere in England. A total of 30,380 people were completing their apprenticeships in Greater Manchester in 2015/16, including 10,250 who were undertaking business and administration training. […]

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Not too late to claim apprenticeship grant

Posted on 28 Feb 2017

Greater Manchester’s largest apprenticeship training provider has encouraged local employers to take advantage of an apprenticeship grant before it expires in July 2017. The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) was due to close at the end of 2016, but has now been extended until the end of July. The grant, administered in Greater […]

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Pub and bar apprentices heading to Parliament

More than 100 apprentices will descend on the House of Commons on Tuesday, to showcase the vast range of opportunities that the pub, bar, brewing and casual dining industry offers in training and developing young people. Emma McKay and Matt Dawson, who work at The Spinning Jenny and Yates in Leigh respectively, are meeting with MPs to talk about their […]

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BT join forces with Manchester’s biggest sports clubs to help young people

Posted on 24 Feb 2017

BT, the Royal Foundation and Manchester City are joining forces with a range of sports organisations in the North West, including the Manchester United Foundation and Sale Sharks, to create full-time apprenticeships for young people in the area. The Citizen’s City in the Community foundation hosted a showcase of the new Team Manchester Coach Core […]

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Aspiring engineers secure apprenticeships

Posted on 20 Feb 2017

Two aspiring engineers have secured apprenticeships to obtain skills they hope will lead them to their ideal careers. Ben Pope and George Peak are completing the level three NVQ extended diploma in advanced engineering at Cope Engineering (Radcliffe) Limited, a family-run company which was established in 1953 and is now managed by brothers John, Tony […]

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Talented apprentice Ryan scoops award

Posted on 13 Feb 2017

A talented young apprentice from Bolton has won a prestigious national award. Ryan Anderson, aged 19, who works for Siemens Digital Factory, came up trumps after taking gold in the Outstanding First Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by Siemens. The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards recognises the outstanding contribution being made by apprentices across the UK. The award […]

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Council Leader Richard Farnell visits Rochdale Training

Posted on 10 Feb 2017

The leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Farnell, recently met several apprentices at Rochdale Training after 17 apprentices and 11 employers received apprenticeship grants from Rochdale Council. Councillor Richard Farnell said: “They were enthusiastic about the training they were doing, they had a clear understanding of their career progression and how to achieve it. “Learning […]

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Manchester Met takeover Town Hall

Posted on 9 Feb 2017

Last year, The Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Met won £500,000 in Erasmus+ funding to deliver an international project, working with Manchester Met Apprenticeships Centre, to encourage more SMEs to hire apprentices. Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships for SMEs (SME GAP) is an Erasmus+ funded project to address the barriers that Small and Medium-sized companies face in […]

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Childcare practitioner prepares for employment

Posted on 30 Jan 2017

With over 20 apprentices across five nurseries, Bury College is proud of their growing partnership with Mulberry Bush Nursery Group as they continue to deliver a range of high quality programmes. With nurseries across Bury in Tottington, Walmersley, Walshaw, Dumers Lane and Whitefield, Bury College apprentices have been completing their Childcare apprenticeship programmes at Mulberry […]

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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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