Removing Barriers to Apprenticeships call for proposals – Now closed

Greater Manchester’s apprenticeship ambition sets out how we want to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships available to our residents.  To realise this ambition we must push the boundaries of what is being delivered to ensure that all our residents can benefit from the opportunities available.  

Apprenticeship numbers have continued to drop following government reforms. We are still seeing disparity and under-representation between different genders, cultures, ages and disabilities in different sectors and across the apprenticeship workforce as a whole

This call for project proposals from across the public, private and VCSE sectors aims to pilot, through a test and learn approach, a number of projects supporting small cohorts of under-represented learners to remove identified and evidenced barriers to apprenticeships, including but not exclusive to:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people
  • Single parents
  • Care leavers
  • People with mental or physical health conditions
  • Women in Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
  • Older people (aged 50 and above)
  • Young people directly from GCSE

Funding available for each project is between £25,000 and £50,000 and apprenticeship starts must be an output.

This web page will be updated once projects have been agreed.

Specification and guidance for applicants

We will also be commissioning an evaluation for this project, and will release this within the coming weeks, to register an interest in bidding please contact us at