Leading the journey to a work ready Greater Manchester

What is Bridge GM?

We want Greater Manchester to be a successful and prosperous region for future generations, to do this we need to nurture the talents of our young people and connect and prepare them for the exciting opportunities in the labour market.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is growing the largest network of business, education leaders and careers professionals to provide young people with a careers programme fit for the 21st Century.

No one business, school/college or individual can achieve this alone. GMCA believes that bringing everyone together with one common purpose will increase the chance of success for all of our young people.

Bridge is the engagement tool that underpins this ambition.

I am an employer

Find out how you or your business can commit to supporting Greater Manchester’s young people, and Bridge the gap between the classroom and the boardroom.

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I am an education provider

Find out how your school or college can connect with Greater Manchester’s business community, access a variety of resources and bring your curriculum subjects alive.

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I am a provider of careers activity

Find out how your organisation can work with schools, colleges and Greater Manchester’s business community.

2000+ young people each year in express an interest in pursuing an Apprenticeship in GM at 16.

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Greater Manchester's business community is committed to supporting the aspirations of our residents and truly meeting the needs of the labour market for generations to come. As a first step, many employers want to support GM's young people but are often unsure where best to place their efforts. Bridge GM presents a simple and effective way to join the dots for employers and educators alike.

Mike Blackburn
Chair of the Greater Manchester
Local Enterprise Partnership

GM is working with One Million Mentors and the Careers and Enterprise Company to encourage people from all backgrounds to become mentors.

Be part of the most exciting Network in Greater Manchester. The GM Enterprise Adviser Network needs you! We're looking for inspiring business leaders to help schools & colleges develop strong careers and employer engagement programmes. Please get in touch or check out our dedicated page.

How is Bridge helping Greater Manchester?

Over £2million invested in Careers and Apprenticeship Information Advice and Guidance in GM over the last 3 years.

2000+ young people each year express an interest in pursuing an Apprenticeship in GM at 16.

184,000 – target for number of apprenticeship starts in GM by 2020.

GM employers more likely to hire 16-18 year olds and offer apprenticeships compared to other areas.

Progression of 16 and 17 year olds into FE in GM is 83%, compared to only 4.7% to Apprenticeships.

67% of secondary schools across GM are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

More than 160 schools in GM are working towards a quality mark in CEIAG.

Digital skills are among the most in demand in GM.

News & Updates

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Bridge GM CPD Programme

Bridge GM will be running two CPD programmes aimed at careers land senior leaders in schools and colleges.

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Bridging the gap between education and the world of work in Oldham.

As Oldham, a social mobility ‘cold spot’, was announced as one of 12 Opportunity Areas across England, Bridge GM is working closely with The Careers and Enterprise Company to support all schools and young people.

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