A new careers and apprenticeships service for young people, the Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service (GMACS), has launched, advertising job opportunities and providing tools and information on planning career paths for the future.
Young people from age 11 into adulthood will have access to a range of tools through GMACS to ensure they can access useful tools to build skills, apply for apprenticeship and work opportunities, and apply for post-16 courses.
GMCA is encouraging schools and colleges across the city region to sign up for GMACS to ensure students can benefit from the resources being made available.
GMACS was launched at an even in Salford, attended by Andy Burnham and secondary and post-16 education leaders in the region. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
It’s absolutely fantastic news for young people across our city-region that GMACS is now available for them to access – creating a single, digital platform to help them make appropriate and informed decisions about their futures and careers.
“GMACS is an ambitious and unique apprenticeship and careers service that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the country. The portal provides a trusted source of information that allows young people to plan, search and apply for their future opportunities – whether that be college places, apprenticeships or other developmental activities to build their skills – all in one place.”
GMACS was launched following a trial with Year 10 students from Oasis Academy in Oldham, who recommended the service.
Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council and GMCA lead for Education, Skills, Work and said:
GMACS will help young people across Greater Manchester and help to improve the quality and growth of apprenticeships while introducing them to the world of work. Apprenticeships are an excellent route for anyone looking to start, change or develop their careers.”