11 – 15 years

Get advice, help and support from GMACS to get you thinking about your careers and education choices.

Meet your education choices

You can choose from a wide range of options for education and training. You’ll need to make a choice when you finish your GCSEs, so learn about all the different options now.

If you’d like to go on to further education, you could choose to take A levels, T levels, or BTECs – or a combination of these.

Or you could kickstart your career with an apprenticeship.

Opportunities and support

There are lots of opportunities for you to experience working life in Greater Manchester. And there are lots of support programs designed to help you transition along your career journey. See some of the options tailored specifically for you below.

National Saturday Clubs Across Greater Manchester

National Saturday Clubs Across Greater Manchester

Young people across the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend. Joining a National Saturday Club is a unique...

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Skills for Life

Skills for Life

Skills for Life. It all starts with skills. The Government have launched their Skills for Life service, packed full of information on training options and careers ideas, as well as details on where else you can go to get help with your career. If you're thinking about...

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Get Online Greater Manchester’s Digital Skills Map

Get Online Greater Manchester’s Digital Skills Map

Your local directory of skills activities and support to get online  Across Greater Manchester there is a range of support available, most of which is free or at a low cost, to help all of our residents to access the benefits the internet has to offer. This...

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Build your career plan with Xello

Xello can help you build your career profile and explore jobs and courses that you might like. It’s available to every state high school and college in Greater Manchester for free. You’ll need to get a login through your school, but once you’ve got yours, you can start to build your own career profile.

Get connected with travel around Greater Manchester

If you’re under 16, you can use an igo card to keep your travel costs down. The igo card allows you to use child tickets on buses in Greater Manchester. You can also use it as proof of age for travelling by tram with a child ticket.

To qualify for an igo card, you must:

  • Be aged between 5 and 16
  • Be a permanent resident of Greater Manchester, or go to school here

Your igo card will last until the end of August after your 16th birthday. It costs £10 to apply.

Discover careers and jobs events

Greater Manchester is packed full of careers, jobs, and education events that you can attend to help you discover what options you might like to take. See some events designed for you below or see what’s in your area.

Get more advice and support on our blog

Read blog posts and articles from people just like you, as well as posts with expert advice from people in industry and education.

Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police

Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police

Meet Your Future: National Careers Week 2023 Careers in the Public Sector Career Pathways with Greater Manchester Police National Careers Week in 2023 was all about careers in the public sector. In these Meet Your Future sessions, we met people working in the public...

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Hear from real people about their careers

We’ve spoken to some people about their careers – how they got started, what choices they made, and what they like and dislike. Reading about other people’s experiences can help you make better decisions – explore some examples below.