Greater Manchester’s apprenticeship ambition sets out how we want to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships available to our residents.  To realise this ambition we must push the boundaries of what is being delivered to ensure that all our residents can benefit from the opportunities available.  

Apprenticeship numbers have continued to drop following government reforms. We are still seeing disparity and under-representation between different genders, cultures, ages and disabilities in different sectors and across the apprenticeship workforce as a whole

This is a call for project proposals from across the public, private and VCSE sectors to pilot, through a test and learn approach, a number of projects supporting small cohorts of under-represented learners to remove identified and evidenced barriers to apprenticeships, including but not exclusive to:

  • BAME
  • Single parents
  • Care leavers
  • People with mental or physical health conditions
  • Women in STEM
  • Older people (50+)
  • Young people directly from GCSE

Funding available for each project will be between £25,000 and £50,000 and apprenticeship starts must be an output.

Market engagement event

GMCA hosted a market engagement event for potential bidders and interested parties on Monday 9th March. Partnerships who are considering bidding were encouraged to attend. At this event, we talked through this funding opportunity in detail and responded to any queries to support project development and completing the application form.

Download event presentation

Frequently Asked Questions 

Application form and documents

Deadline: Thursday 16th April 2020

Return forms to:

We will also commissioning an evaluation for this project, and will release this within the coming weeks, to register an interest in bidding please contact us at