The SME GAP project was officially launched in January 2017 at Manchester Town Hall. With over 80 attendees the launch event was a key opportunity for Greater Manchester SMEs to discuss and debate the real opportunities and challenges they face with apprenticeship programmes. The event also gave attendees the the opportunity to express their opinions on future policy reforms for SMEs, including the implementation of the apprenticeship levy and new standards.
In the short term this project will provide a unique platform for partners, representatives from SMEs, education, intermediaries and public authorities, to come together to learn about apprenticeships and vocational learning in each European stakeholder’s respective country. The first peer review visit took place in Vienna, hosted by the Amadeus Association. The Chamber had representation from 2 Member SMEs: Dreamr (an award-winning app development & design agency based in Manchester) and Gericke (industry leader in powder processing equipment and systems), as well as a Young Chamber Member secondary school Member, Walkden High School (winners of the British Chambers of Commerce Regional Education and Business Partnership Award).
Representatives from a consortium involving (led by) Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a visit to Vienna as part of the “Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships for SMEs (SME GAP)” project,- funded by the EU under the Erasmus programme.
The full press release can be found here: GMCC-Final-Erasmus-Vienna-Peer-Review-Press-Release-June-2017.pdf (23 downloads)