The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network is currently involved in the delivery of the a number of projects. These projects each contribute to and work to benefit our members and the skills landscape.
GMLPN Currently Deliver the Following Projects:
We have also delivered a number of successful projects that have now concluded. Find out more information below:
The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme is an Apprenticeship information service for schools in Greater Manchester which utilised apprentices’ who have volunteered to share their first-hand knowledge and experience of Apprenticeships as a route into a successful career.
The premise of the programme was that the best people to promote Apprenticeships to young people in Greater Manchester schools are young people undertaking an Apprenticeship. The project was uniquely positioned to provide an insight into Apprenticeships and Traineeships by mobilising real apprentices to share their personal experiences with students who are typically only a few years younger than the ambassadors. Other CEIAG projects provide high quality information, advice and guidance but only the Apprenticeship Ambassador programme promotes the pathway using those who have chosen that route.
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The aim for the project was to increase participation in post-16 education and training and to raise the profile of Apprenticeships amongst young people in Greater Manchester.
- Helped providers to list their course information on UCAS Progress
- Encouraged more providers to engage with the UCAS Progress system
- Increased the numbers of young people searching and applying for a range of opportunities
- Actively promoted and the supported the use of the system
- Developed a process to support young people who express an interest in Apprenticeships and Traineeships
The aim was to increase the number of Traineeship starts in Greater Manchester and as a consequence increase the number of trainees progressing into Apprenticeships.
Furthermore, by improving the quality of Traineeship delivery a higher proportion of trainees will stay and complete the programme and a higher proportion will be ready to progress to an Apprenticeship.
To achieve these aims the project had four key elements:
- A series of seven masterclasses were delivered, which supported Traineeship providers to enhance their delivery with the aim of increasing their progression rates to Apprenticeships. The masterclasses covered topics which intended to support recruitment, delivery, employer engagement and work placements.
- Information sessions were delivered to referral agencies including JCP, Career Connect and Positive Steps. The sessions were aimed at increasing the number of referrals by raising awareness of Traineeships amongst advisors and signposting them to resources on the Traineeship Toolkit.
- We maintained and updated the Traineeship Toolkit to ensure that it remained accurate and relevant for providers and referral agencies.
- We also produced seven video case studies featuring apprentices who had progressed to their current role from a Traineeship. These were developed as a resource to inform, inspire and motivate other young people to consider a Traineeship as a pathway into an Apprenticeship.
Demonstrating IMPACT Programme
The Demonstrating IMPACT Programme was engineered to support learning providers to meet the needs of business and demonstrate to employers that the learning solutions they offer have real value and will provide a Return On Investment regarding skills.
The Programme set out to support learning providers in Greater Manchester to be more responsive to employers and able to demonstrate Return on Investment to employers. The Programme was tasked with engaging with 35 providers.
The Programme involved the delivery of masterclasses, coaching and peer to peer support. We have now taken this model and broadened it to help us deliver our Provider Support Programme.
The Greater Manchester Skills Gateway Service
The Greater Manchester Skills Gateway provided a service to businesses that they understand and value. There are 3 strands of work: an independent Referral Service, Skills Catalogue and Media Campaign, all linked and interdependent.
The Greater Manchester Skills Ambassador Programme
The Greater Manchester Skills Ambassador Programme recruited business leaders to promote the benefits of investing in skills to other Greater Manchester employers – at business forums and networking events.