A NEW project has launched in Greater Manchester giving local organisations access funding to support them in attracting and recruiting apprentices.

Removing Barriers is now up and running thanks to funds approved by Greater Manchester leaders in October 2018. Open to organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, Removing Barriers will see £328,000 made available to develop initiatives supporting under-represented groups to access apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship activity.

Funding available for each project will range from £25,000 to £50,000, and organisations have until Thursday 16 April 2020 to submit applications.

Those interested in applying for funding, or who want further information, will be able to find out more at an event on Monday 9 March 2020.

The project will support and help in delivering the Greater Manchester Strategy, as well as Greater Manchester’s apprenticeship ambition.

Removing Barriers will run as a ‘test and learn’ initiative, with a number of projects supporting small cohorts of underrepresented learners to remove barriers to apprenticeships – including, but not exclusive to: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, single parents, care leavers, people with mental or physical health conditions, women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), young people directly from GCSE’s, and older people (50+).

All information on what we’re looking for and how to apply can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for funds and attending the event on Monday 9 March, please register your interest here

At this event, we will talk through this funding opportunity in detail and respond to any queries to support project development and completing the application form.

Deadline: Thursday 16 April 2020

Return forms to: ApprenticeshipandTechEd@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk


Article Published: 20/02/2020 11:01 AM