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How GMACS is responding to COVID-19

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship & Careers Service – or GMACS – is here to help you plan your future.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has set up a Young Person’s Task Force led by Diane Modahl, who has competed in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. She’s from Greater Manchester and now works to help young people in the North West achieve their full potential.

The Task Force will research and write a Young Person’s Guarantee to make sure you don't miss out on any opportunities because of COVID-19. The Guarantee could include promises to you about education, employment, training, apprenticeships, health, well-being and access to the internet.

GMACS will play a big part in the Young Person’s Guarantee because we’ll make sure you have the best advice and information to help you choose your next steps and take action to create your brilliant future.


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Apprenticeships across Greater Manchester

Discover different apprenticeship types, get application hints and tips, and apply for vacancies.

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Education & training

Find out more about different education and training pathways and see what could suit you.

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Discover new ways to develop your interests and extra skills to help you get ahead.

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Get an idea what jobs in Greater Manchester could be a good fit for you. See which industries and job types are on the up. Find out what local employers look for in recruits. And discover more about work-related schemes.



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Work shadowing

Get a first-hand view about what a job is really like.

Holiday schemes and placements

Explore work placements during the Easter or summer holidays.


Get personal help to progress your career with a mentor.

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Business Administration Apprenticeship

Apprentices perform a vital role within Greater Manchester Police, providing excellent customer service and administrative support to members of the public, colleagues and partners.

NCS (National Citizen Service)

NCS gives 16-17 year-olds the chance to live away from home, take part in adventure activities, gain life skills and make a difference.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (13-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people defy their limitations through learning and adventures in the wild.

Apprenticeships across Greater Manchester

Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Professions (AHP) cover 14 roles in health and social care, including dietitians, paramedics and radiographers. Roles support patients at all life stages, help prevent ill health, and enable people to live full and active lives. Entry and training routes vary, but you can qualify for some roles through a degree apprenticeship.

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Digital Marketing

An apprenticeship is an excellent way to start a career in digital marketing and earn a salary whilst also being able to study and achieve qualifications.

As a Digital Marketing Apprentice you will have the chance to work across digital teams and disciplines, to learn about all areas of the marketing mix and become a true digital marketing professional, all whilst earning a salary and achieving a BSc (Hons) degree in Digital Marketing. Click the link below for a current Digital Marketing Apprenticeship role to see an example of what is available.

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What are the top 5 career sectors in
Greater Manchester?

Finance Officer

Job Description

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending. This may include recording financial transactions and producing financial forecasts, arranging payroll, invoices and expenses. Finance officers may also create regular financial reports and budgets.

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Salary Range

£18,500 - £40,000

Working environment

Most finance officers work in an office environment, but you can work in any industry, from banking to creative and media organisations.


Minimum 35 hours a week


The skills and experience you build as a finance officer could enable you to work in many different industries. With experience, finance officers could train to become an accountant or move up to a senior officer role or finance manager.

Marketing Executive

Job Description

Marketing executives promote a company's products, services or brand. They do this through researching customer thoughts and feelings and market trends to inform campaigns. They write content for print, such as adverts and magazines, they organise and promote events and marketing campaigns online and via social media.

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Salary Range

£18,000- £35,000

Working environment

Usually office based.


Minimum 37 hours with evening and weekend work


Marketing executives could progress into management and also cross into online and digital marketing. Other opportunities may include freelancing, advertising, or public relations and communications.

Community Nurse

Job Description

District or community nurses mainly visit patients at home. They can be assisted by nursing auxiliaries who may visit to assist with tasks which need two workers. Their role involves things such as: support for patient and carer after hospital discharge, assist in coordinating care needs and ensuring equality of health care for vulnerable people.

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Salary Range

£23,213- £30,178

Working environment

You could work in a variety of different environments such as clinics and health centres, residential accommodation and patients’ homes.


Minimum 37 hours usually in shifts.


Some nurses feel so at home in a community nurse job that they apply there as a newly qualified nurse. Whichever you choose, there are so many different nursing specialities to explore and career paths to choose from, you will never run out of options.

CNC Machinist

Job Description

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists make precision parts for the engineering and manufacturing industries. Programming the CNC machine tool with data taken from technical drawings, working out the most efficient order to carry out machining tasks, choosing the right tools for each stage, setting the cutting speeds and tolerance levels, operating the machine, checking the work meets quality and technical standards, maintaining equipment.

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Salary Range


Working environment

You could work in a factory


42-44 hours per week, you could work evening/ weekends and shifts


With experience and further training, you could move into a supervisory role. You could also move into quality inspection or become an engineering technician.

Software Developer

Job Description

A software developer talks through requirements with the client and the development team. They take part in technical design and progress meetings, writing or amending computer code, testing software and fixing problems, keeping accurate records of the development process, changes and results, carrying out trials and quality checks before release, maintaining and supporting systems once they're up and running.

Alternative titles for this job include Programmer Software developers design, build and test computer programs for business, education and leisure services.

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Salary Range

£20,000 - £70,000

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.


37 to 40 hours per week including evenings and weekends


With experience, you could become a senior developer or a project manager, with planning or research responsibilities. You could move into related areas like systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

You could also set up your own business or work as a consultant in most areas of the economy, for example business services, finance, cyber security, telecommunications and healthcare.

Our Pass

Our Pass

Are you aged 16-18? Get free bus travel across Greater Manchester on the local bus network, half price selected Metrolink tickets, and discounts on various events with Our Pass.

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Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority

Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority

Want to help tackle key issues for young people in Greater Manchester? If you’re aged 11-18 (or up to 25 with additional needs), why not join a Working Group and help bring projects to life? Working Groups meet monthly in Manchester city centre.

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