Work and Skills

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.

Covid-19 statement

The Work and Skills team have been working hard to ensure Greater Manchester residents accessing employment and skills training remain supported during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Extra financial security has been provided to local authorities, colleges, training providers and employment programmes in the work and skills sector so they are able to keep supporting residents and delivering skills and employment programmes during this difficult time.

As a result of this, the sector has responded with enthusiasm and are working proactively in new and different ways. Colleges and training providers are keeping in touch with their most vulnerable learners and residents by phone calls, whilst also moving courses and support online swiftly so Greater Manchester residents can keep making positive progress.

Adults looking to retrain or access learning in their local area can find information on organisations providing this by visiting our website.

If you are currently accessing a Working Well programme support has now moved online and via telephone. You can find out more about the changes through the website and for general information please visit the Working Well web page.

This page will be regularly updated with information on how the team is continuing to support residents at this time. If you have any questions please contact GMWorkandSkills@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

Amendments to Greater Manchester Devolved Adult Education Budget: Funding & Performance Management Rules 2019 - 2020 due to COVID-19

Residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now benefit from extra training and skills support through Greater Manchester’s devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB).

As part of the city-region’s response to COVID-19, the GMCA has approved amendments to the Greater Manchester Devolved AEB Funding and Performance Management Rules 2019 to 2020 which will allow more people to access the funding.

Greater Manchester’s devolved AEB, worth £92 million per year, provides essential education and skills provision for over 70,000 residents each year.

The changes will now give greater support to furloughed workers, those working in key sector areas, and vulnerable learners who need additional aid to access training and skills. It will also provide further flexibility for businesses and training providers, allowing training to be delivered in the workplace if it follows government guidance.

The additional support began on 1st April 2020 and will continue for the remainder of the current academic year to 31 July 2020, and further if required.

Residents are also encouraged to access The Skills Toolkit, a new online learning platform which has been launched by Department for Education to give people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses. The new platform will help people build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects while staying at home.

  • The addendum to the GMCA Devolved AEB Funding and Performance Management Rules 2019 to 2020 can be found here
  • Adults looking to retrain or access learning in their local area can find information on organisations providing this by visiting our website here
  • This page will be regularly updated with information on how the team is continuing to support residents at this time. If you have any questions please contact AEBEnquiries@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
Greater Manchester Work and Skills Strategy and Priorities 2016-2019

To deliver this ambition, we have developed the Greater Manchester Work and Skills Strategy, which will help us move towards a future system where:

  • Young people will leave compulsory education well prepared for the world of work and further study.
  • Residents will have the right support to make the best choices about their employment and skills options and have better access to the right integrated support at the right time to enter, progress or sustain employment.
  • Employers are able to grow, have access to and invest in the skills they require, encouraging in work support and wage progression.  Employers will be actively engaged in shaping GM’s education and skills system and take responsibility in supporting residents back into work.
  • Employment and skills initiatives will be developed and commissioned at a local level, providing unemployed residents and those furthest from the labour market with the right integrated support required to move them closer to work.
  • Further education and training providers will progress more people into intermediate and advanced level skills in areas linked to Greater Manchester’s growth sectors.
  • Health commissioning will be integrated with work and skills support to capitalise on the fact that ’good work is good for your health’.

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:

  • Improving careers education, information, advice and guidance to support informed decision-making.
  • Reforming the work and skills system to focus on outcomes not outputs, with an outcome framework to  underpin all future commissioning of provision.
  • Developing GM’s work and skills infrastructure to meet the needs of the economy, working through the Area Based Review, JCP’s Estate Review and the One Public Estate programme.
  • Improving attainment from compulsory education; improving achievement of 5+ GCSEs including English and maths at 16 and ensuring more young people achieve a L3 equivalent by 19.
  • Strengthening employer engagement; developing a comprehensive approach which puts employers at the heart of the system, from entry level employment to higher level skills.
  • Growing the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships; harnessing the opportunities around improved CEIAG, improved employer engagement and activity linked to the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Developing higher level skills, ensuring a seamless system which supports young people and adults to progress routinely to degree level equivalent skills, and to retain that talent.
  • Redesigning universal support provision; providing an integrated and personalised support offer with a view to sustainable job outcomes.
  • Developing specialist support for hard-to-reach groups, utilising Working Well and the Work and Health programme to support adults who have been outside the labour market for long periods.
  • Ensuring GM commissioned programmes have a skills and work focus, working with partners across the ESF, business support and health landscape to ensure all commissioning activity supports delivery of GM’s work and skills priorities.

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. 

Work and Skills - Call for Evidence

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.

A Call for Evidence ran until the end of January 2020 and allowed us 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.

The Call for Evidence was 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.

Thank you to everybody who took part. We will update you on next steps in due course.

Apprenticeships

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.

Adult Education Budget

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

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.

Bridge GM

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.

STEM Framework

We want to increase the opportunities for Greater Manchester residents through increasing their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, knowledge and qualifications as a way of increasing life chances, whether they pursue a STEM related job or not.

There is a shortage of STEM skills locally and nationally, and future job opportunities in Greater Manchester will demand more of these skills. We have plans for large scale STEM based projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, alongside wider infrastructure and construction plans. The Local Industrial Strategy sets out key global strengths for Greater Manchester to build on such as health innovation, digital and creative, low carbon industries, and advanced materials and manufacturing. All of these industries will require STEM skills at all levels, and employers are specifically in need of higher level technical skills.

Greater Manchester has a rich skills ecosystem supporting the development of STEM skills. GMCA has developed a STEM Framework to bring together and mobilise skills providers, employers, residents of all ages, and STEM facilitating organisations to increase STEM engagement collaboratively.

 

Find out more about the STEM Framework.

Work shadowing

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.

Find out more on the Bridge GM website.

EnterprisingYou

Our innovative new programme for the self-employed and those working in the gig economy, is now live. The new partnership between the Growth Company and PeoplePlus (GM Growth+) will now enable up to 2,500 of the city-region’s self-employed people and gig workers to sustain and grow their businesses.

Commissioned by GMCA with funding from the Department for Education (DfE), EnterprisingYou is the first programme of its kind in the country to provide free tailor-made support for self-employed people working across any sector.

Support will be provided through one-to-one business coaching, peer mentoring, personal finance management and access to well-networked co-working sites, alongside a range of practical information and advice on business areas such as recruitment of staff, advertising, marketing and insights on business development.

Visit the EnterprisingYou website to find out more.

Adult Skills and Lifelong Learning

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has provided evidence to the Education Select Committee inquiry into the state of Adult Skills and Lifelong Learning. 

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