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Established in 2001, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) is a growing network of over 110 members including, Independent Training Providers, FE Colleges, Community Voluntary Organisations, Universities, key suppliers, and other stakeholders. GMLPN 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.

Julie Lappin, Executive Director at GMLPN said:

 “We are delighted to welcome SCL Education Group to our Network! We look forward to working with SCL across our shared priorities including using the power of sport, business, creative arts and esports to engage young people and adults across Greater Manchester.’  

SCL Education Group aim to create a legacy in the communities they serve and positively impact on the future prospects of one million children, young people and adults.

Founders Lewis Field and Steve Franks launched the SCL Education Group in 1999. Born out of a love of sport and a belief that their purpose in life is to “use the power of sport to make a positive impact on children’s and young people’s lives whilst creating a strong legacy in communities they serve,”

Beginning with football coaching for children and young people, the SCL Education Group has evolved into an Ofsted and Ofqual regulated organisation, delivering Department for Education

funded programmes, and a trailblazer within the education, skills and training sector and beyond. Today they have turned their vision into a successful business, inspiring thousands of people over the years using the principles of the SCL Way as the driving force.

SCL Education Group were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with an Outstanding Adult Learning provision following a 2022 inspection and are currently delivering Study Programme and Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester across sports, digital and retail sectors.

Stuart Allen | Chief Education Offer, SCL Education Group said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have joined with the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) and look forward to working with so many exceptional individuals, employers and educational experts.

At SCL Education, we are a national provider of high-quality education and training services within the following provision types:

  • 16 to 19 Study Programmes
  • Adult Skills
  • Apprenticeships
  • High Needs
  • Commercial and Corporate CPD/Training
  • Commercial Services (such as After School Clubs and Holiday Club Services)

Through the work we have already delivered to the young people, adults and apprentices of Greater Manchester (GM) within our SCL sport and creative education hubs or through our employer responsive apprenticeships, we continue to be inspired by the communities, residents and employers of GM.

This has increased our motivation further to continue to make a real difference to the lives and futures of the young people and adults within GM as well as support the development of many GM employers current or future workforce.

The opportunities to work with the GMLPN to continue to understand the demands of the GM learner and employer communities in relation to their education gaps, skill needs, challenges and individual learning preferences is really exciting.

We are proud that through the uniqueness of the ‘SCL Way’, we continue to provide young people, adults and apprentices access to high quality education and training within our safe, nurturing learning environments as well as benefit from our expert specialism in using enrichment as a way to add value to their behaviours, attitudes and independence.  In addition, our Mentoring and ID passport programme continues to be one of our key enablers to successful outcomes.  Through our unique delivery we are able to truly transform attitudes and behaviours, inject confidence and install a can-do attitude.

Simply, we just want to make a real difference in GM and to all relevant stakeholders.”

You can find out more about SCL Education Group here.