As the new academic year kicks off, the ‘THIS IS ME’ portal will be exclusively available to young people studying across Greater Manchester, providing them with 24-7 support and access to a range of resources including help building a CV, video-based mock interviews, tips from employers and a hub of live vacancies in the region. The tool will integrate with the partners’ own virtual learning environments providing seamless support for students planning their next steps.
The GMAC partnership, which launched in June, is a new collaboration between nine colleges from the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG), and leading training provider The Skills Company.
The partnership aims to drive the quality and volume of apprenticeship opportunities through the provision of excellent support and advice to young people.
Marie Gilluley, principal at Bolton College and spokesperson for GMCG said: “The number of apprenticeship opportunities in Greater Manchester is growing every day, making it more important than ever that our students are equipped to make the most of what’s out there.
"We’re delighted to be able to offer our students the tailored support and guidance to kick-start their career. We want our students to take advantage of this unique resource and really explore where apprenticeships can take them.”
Theresa Grant, head of skills & employment for Greater Manchester and chief executive at Trafford Council, was at Trafford College to officially launch THIS IS ME. Speaking at the event, she said: “An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to find your way into the workplace. By taking on an apprenticeship you can learn vital skills, qualifications and earn a wage. It is a gateway to setting yourself up for a successful and satisfying career and I am pleased to see this unique collaboration of Greater Manchester providers working together to launch the superb “THIS IS ME” site for students.”