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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.
Thousands of adults across Greater Manchester are benefitting from locally funded skills training as devolution of the £92 million Adult Education Budget (AEB).
The AEB, which transfers funding, from central government to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), is supporting tens of thousands of the city-region’s residents every year to develop the skills they need for life and work.
This opportunity will help to ensure that employers can access the skilled workforce needed for businesses across the city-region to grow and thrive.

Pathway Group & GMCA

Our contract for the Greater Manchester area is to work with the unemployed.Our model centres on getting each learner adopt work habits from day one – This Pathway ‘Work First’ approach, equips learners with the right skills, at the right levels, to secure and sustain meaningful, gainful employment.Along with our sub-contractors will generate referrals through two key streams:
  • Targeted Pro-active Community Outreach – reaching individuals within their local community setting, including pop-up events in local shopping centres across each of the ten local authorities, GP surgeries, libraries, co-location in Jobcentre Plus offices, IAG events at our network of 41 schools targeting parents and carers across GM
  • Partner referrals – From our existing network of partners across Greater Manchester including over 20 Housing Associations, and over 100 grass roots Community Organisations

Our delivery partnership will specifically target residents aged 19+ in order to enhance access to Lifelong Learning in the following disadvantaged groups:

  • BAME communities

  • Disabled Learners

  • Long term unemployed 

  • 50+ years of age

  • Those without basic skills

  • Lone parents

The purpose of our provision will be to support learners gain, based on need of:

  • Basic skills

  • Level 2 or below or a unit of a level 2 or below qualification (excluding basic skills)

  • Level 3 or above or a unit of a level 3 or above qualification

Who can get support?

You can get our funded support if you are :

  • Aged over 19

  • Living in an eligible area of England

    Earn less then…

  • Eligibility criteria applies

Sectors we aim to deliver qualifications to:

  • Health, Public Services and Care

  • Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Retail and Commercial

  • Preparation for Life and Skills (Functional Skills)

  • Business Administration