Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Partnership’s work plan, with ambitious targets for the city-region and a delivery plan which encompasses employers, training providers and young people. For example, we will focus on creating more Higher Level Apprenticeships in areas where Greater Manchester is growing.

The National Apprenticeship Service has a wealth of information on it to help you understand what an apprenticeship is, what levels and types are available, funding and wages, and much more! They have created a downloadable guide to Apprenticeships which you can access here.

There are currently a number of financial incentives available when you take on a young person as an apprentice, including the GM Commitment; the National Apprenticeship Service AGE grant; and the DWP Youth Contract wage incentive. We have a downloadable guide which provides a short overview of what could be available to you.

Businesses already employing apprentices say that:

  • Training apprentices can be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower training & recruitment costs
  • Training apprentices can help businesses to develop the specialist skills needed in your sector, now and for the future, keeping up to date with technology
  • Staff turnover can reduce as apprentices are seen to be more committed to employers that are investing in them
  • A great opportunity to ‘grow your own’


Lisa Quigley – Contract Manager
Email –
Tel: 0161 237 4157