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GMLPN, have recently joined the Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme, underlining their commitment to directly contribute to the ambition and objectives of the Northern Powerhouse.

Established on 2001, the GMLPN is a network of over 100 members including, Independent Training Providers, FE College, Community Voluntary Organisations, Universities and key suppliers and other stakeholders. They work alongside key partners and local authorities to achieve an ever-closer alignment between the needs of employers, individuals, communities and the suppliers of skills. They are actively engaged in a range of provider development activities which improve the effectiveness of the work and skills training system in Greater Manchester and work closely with key stakeholders to achieve this and continue to lobby key issues on behalf of members and their employers.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Rt. Hon. Jake Berry MP said:

“I am delighted to welcome the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network to our ever-expanding network of over 300 Northern Powerhouse Partners.

“GMLPN”s commitment to supporting vocational qualifications, providing young people with the skills they need to reach their full potential, is fundamental to the bright future being built across the Northern Powerhouse as we prepare to leave the European Union on October 31st.”

Becoming part of the Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme offers further alignment for the great work GMLPN undertake including the further development of the Northern Skills Network (NSN). The NSN brings together 9 Provider Networks in the North and supports the Northern Powerhouse agenda and is resolute, through its members, to play its part in increasing the productivity and prosperity of the north through increasing the skills levels of both young people entering work for the first time and existing employees within the workforce.

Anne Gornall, Executive Director at the GMLPN said:

“GMLPN looks forward to playing its part in the development of the skills base in the North as a Northern Powerhouse Partner and to collaborating with other partners to ensure businesses and individuals have every opportunity to achieve full productivity potential.”

Mark Currie, Chair of the GMLPN adds:

“GMLPNs commitment to networking across the North to provide quality education and training is significantly enhanced going forward as a Northern powerhouse Partner and we welcome the opportunity to contribute and represent the key skills shortages issues experience by many of the 20,000 employees we work with.”