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GM Search & Apply

GMLPN working alongside Career Connect and Positive Steps were contracted to deliver this important project which supports young people in Year 11 to make effective and informed choices when considering their post-16 options. This initiative will:


  • Help providers to list their course information on UCAS Progress
  • Encourage more providers to engage with the UCAS Progress system
  • Increase the numbers of young people searching and applying for a range of opportunities 
  • Actively promoting and the supporting the use of the system
  • Develop a process to support young people who express an interest in Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A vital aspect of the project was to promote the take up of Apprenticeships and Traineeships amongst young people in Year 11. The project has enhanced awareness of both the variety of occupational routes on offer and the volume of opportunities available and has heightened awareness in schools.

Nearly 2000 expressions of interest (EOIs) were submitted by young people double the number when compared to the previous year. More young people are now considering an Apprenticeship as a post-16 option. Apprenticeship EOIs accounting for 12% of the total applications made by learners in Greater Manchester compared with just 9% in 2014/15In 2015/16, Year 11 pupils submitted 15,000 applications through the UCAS Progress system.  As a result of the encouragement and one to one support GMLPN has provided, 80 post-16 providers operating in Greater Manchester have now published their course information on the system.

Progress so far

Post-16 Providers

80 operating in GM have now posted their course information on the system 


70 have recieved applications through the system

Post-16 Provision

Young people, parents, carers and schools now have a comprehensive catalogue of information available