The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC) joined the likes of KPMG, Barclays, the NHS and the Skills Funding Agency on stage at the sold out School Leavers & Apprentices Conference for Employers in London last month.

Hosted by Business Forums International (BFI), the conference focused on the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017 to consider how businesses can implement and maximise school leaver and apprenticeship programmes to remain competitive.

GMAC was represented by Programme Development and Delivery Manager Helen Hawxwell at the national conference, as she addressed the benefits of apprenticeships for businesses and shared the engagement strategies that have been implemented to support young people and businesses in Greater Manchester.

The GMAC partnership, which launched as a national first in June, is a collaboration between nine colleges from the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG), and lead body The Skills Company. Funded through the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub City Deal programme on behalf of the GMCA, the partnership aims to contribute to Greater Manchester’s Apprenticeship Strategy to drive the quality and volume of apprenticeship opportunities through the provision of excellent support and advice to young people.

The new ‘This is Me’ apprenticeships portal is now on offer for all Skills Company learners, with a focus on 16-24s who are looking for apprenticeships. ‘This is Me’ provides everything they need if they’re considering an apprenticeship, including finding out more about different careers, watching videos of employers, building their CV, and even taking a mock interview online! Over 130 learners have accessed the site so far, with more joining every day.

For more information about GMAC contact the project lead Helen Hawxwell (gmac@apprenticeshipgrowth.co.uk)