GMAC is a new partnership between The Skills Company and nine GM colleges, aiming to increase the number of young people starting apprenticeships. Here, Skills Company Apprentice Megan Hodgkinson gives a round-up of National Apprenticeship Week:

This year was the 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) and the theme was the ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, focusing on progression such as degree level apprenticeships as well as the opportunities the levy will bring. To celebrate NAW and to raise awareness of apprenticeships, the GMAC team visited colleges and Skills Company training centres demonstrating the new ‘This is Me’ apprenticeship portal it is and how it can help support aspiring apprentices.

After the success of GMAC’s first selfie competition, the team ran another in celebration of NAW. This time, participants were asked to hold up an emoji board which represented the sector that they wanted to work in and take a selfie. GMAC received 59 entries and will be announcing the winner soon.

During the week, a total of 1565 online activities took place across the partnership with 623 young people using the portal. The team engaged with 375 learners and delivered four training sessions on This is Me. The CV builder and personality quizzes were popular activities to explore throughout the week. Learners were enthusiastic and got stuck in; with some of them wanting to continue working on their CVs at home. Result!

National Apprenticeship Week was a success for GMAC, and across The Skills Company, it was no different. The Skills Company held 23 events at schools in Greater Manchester to develop young people’s knowledge of apprenticeships as well as launching a series of digital open events – ‘WebInApps’ which will connect them with employers virtually.

For more information on The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company contact gmac@apprenticeshipgrowth.co.uk