Say hello to Stephanie!

Posted on 21 Nov 2016

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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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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