Our ambition in Greater Manchester is to create an integrated employment and skills eco-system which has the individual and employer at its heart, and that better responds to the needs of residents and businesses and contributes to the growth and productivity of the GM economy.
We want to see an employment and skills system in Greater Manchester where young people will leave the education system with the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to succeed; where working-age adults who are out of work or who have low levels of skills will have access to the support they need to enter and sustain employment; and where all adults have the chance to up-skill and progress in their careers.
To deliver this ambition, we have developed the Greater Manchester Work and Skills Strategy, which will help us move towards a future system where:
To help us achieve this, and to make sure activity is adding value and maximising the impact of Greater Manchester investment and initiatives, there are ten key priorities which we will focus on over the next three years:
Each priority is supported by a programme of activity to drive forward the vision, maximise the potential opportunities available and address some of the challenges that are currently faced in the system.
Greater Manchester’s Work and Skills Strategy has been undergoing a refresh, supported by the Learning and Work Institute on behalf of the GMCA in discussion with Greater Manchester Employment and Skills Advisory Panel (ESAP), which brings together representatives of Greater Manchester’s core strategic partnership networks, including education/skills providers, employers, the VCSE sector, local authorities, and others.
We want to gather as many views, ideas and examples of effective practice as possible from our partners and stakeholders to help shape our thinking around the priorities that have been identified and about our wider activity, including implementation of skills and employment elements of the Local Industrial Strategy.
A Call for Evidence is running to the end of January 2020, which is an opportunity for stakeholders, employers, education and skills providers and other interested bodies in Greater Manchester to provide views about how we could work together to deliver a more effective and joined-up work and skills system. In particular, we’d like to hear from employers about how can work with them more effectively across specific areas of workforce development and talent pipeline planning, not only in order to meet immediate needs but also how we help our residents, communities and businesses to thrive in the future.
The Call is open to midday on Friday, January 31, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you.
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The AEB, which will transfer from central government to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) from August 2019, will support tens of thousands of the city-region’s residents every year to develop the skills they need for life and work. Worth £92 million, a Greater Manchester place focused partnership of 36 grant and contracted organisations will work together with key stakeholders as a partnership to deliver high quality skills provision for the people of Greater Manchester.
Working Well is a family of services that embody Greater Manchester’s devolved employment and health offer. They have been commissioned to support people experiencing or at risk of long-term unemployment.
In Greater Manchester, we believe apprenticeships can give everyone the chance to start and develop their career, as well as supporting businesses to develop and grow by creating a skilled workforce that meets their needs.
Bridge’s aim is to create a link between schools and employers that allows economic benefits to be gained for both young people and the employers within Greater Manchester. Bridge is changing the future landscape of education and improving the economic benefits for young people and employers alike through their positive connections in the local economy.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority is striving to reduce the inequalities of opportunities experienced by our young people so that they can be inspired, motivated and better prepared to tap into the future opportunities of Greater Manchester’s labour market.
Find out more on the Bridge GM website.
We’re encouraging employers across Greater Manchester to offer work shadowing opportunities for young people in their local area.
Our aim is to deliver 1,000 work shadowing opportunities to young people across the region (in school years 7-14) in a variety of business environments, to help them to learn about different roles and careers and to gain first-hand industry experience.
This is an excellent opportunity for employers to meet their future workforces and give young people a clear line of sight into the world of work.
Employers are encouraged to come along to our launch event on Wednesday 24 April to find out more about the programme and join the growing list of employers who have already signed up.
Find out more on the Bridge GM website.
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