The GM Commitment

The GM Commitment is a Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) led and funded initiative which was launched in May 2012 to support the city region’s young people into employment. 

GM Commitment objectives:

  • Young people should secure sustained employment in sustainable jobs
  • It should provide a simple and effective incentive to employers to offer opportunities to unemployed/NEET young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
  • It will enhance and work with national programmes rather than displace or compete with these initiatives
  • It must maximise the investment and impact made by national programmes for young unemployed residents and businesses across Greater Manchester.

There are three strands to the GM Commitment:

  • An Apprenticeship grant for employers who take on an unemployed/NEET young person in to an Apprenticeship
  • A Jobs with Training programme
  • A mentoring programme for employers recruiting young job-seekers

The Apprenticeship Grant for employers closed in March 2014 having provided almost 1,000 grants to employers creating apprenticeship jobs for 16-24 year old GM residents who were previously unemployed/NEET. A full evaluation of the programme is available to download (see attached)

The Jobs with Training programme is managed by local authorities to support the creation of jobs for young unemployed people in their local areas. To find out who to contact for more information in your area please contact Carly Fraser by email to or by telephone on 0161 237 4485.



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