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Empowering You, Our Future Workforce

Date: 10th April 2024
Location: Venues @ Cornerstone, 2 Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3NQ
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Theme: Business Strategy

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With approximately one in three young people not interested in going to University, Greater Manchester is striving to become a leading force in education, with a focus on T Levels, Apprenticeships, and alternative pathways.

Greater Manchester boasts prestigious universities that are globally recognized for their academic excellence. The region has established itself as a hub for educational brilliance, with one of its universities being the top preferred choice of top graduate employers. However, it is high time we focus our attention on alternative educational pathways including apprenticeships. Greater Manchester aspires to become the ultimate destination and leader for apprenticeships, aiming to produce the most highly sought-after skilled apprentices.

In his role as the elected mayor, Andy Burnham has advocated for increased authority over post technical education. He has introduced the concept of a “Greater Manchester Baccalaureate” (MBacc) to encourage young people in the region to pursue technical education courses. The aim is for MBacc to guide students towards subjects that will enhance their prospects of securing employment in the thriving local economy, such as Engineering, Computer Science, and creative disciplines.

In response to this we have placed a large focus on Apprenticeships, following February's National Apprenticeship Week, with the theme ‘Skills for Life’, reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.

This year is the 17th annual celebration of apprenticeships week; apprenticeship week brings together a wide range of people to recognize and highlight the importance of apprenticeships in our society.

Our event will bring together a panel of employers and apprentices and will serve as a platform for sharing success stories, showcasing the achievements of apprenticeships, and promoting the benefits of this valuable form of training. Throughout this event, there will be panel discussions and opportunities for employers to network and learn more about apprenticeships and how employing new apprentices can enhance their company. It is time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of apprentices and the impact they have on shaping our economy. Joining our panel so far will be:

  • Nick Rose, Sharp UK
  • Duncan Craig OBE, We Are Survivors
  • Emma Nolan, OneFile
  • Lisa Wood, Naimuri

Established for over thirty years, GC Education and Skills offer a huge range of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for people throughout their working lives. Apprenticeships delivered by GC Education and Skills are designed with progression in mind, to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to advance in their careers and further studies.


About GM Business Growth Hub

GM Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, helps businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services delivered by its experts, as well as public and private sector partners. These services include one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes and funding.

 GM Business Growth Hub is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


About UK Shared Prosperity Fund

 The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit-


Where is it?

Venues @ Cornerstone, 2 Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3NQ

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