16 – 18 years

Take your careers research to the next level with the information on GMACS.

Discover the top industries in Greater Manchester

Find out which sectors in GM are growing quickly, research the top employers, and see which pathways you could take to start your career. There’s also some information about the top jobs in each sector.

Find out more about education and training

If you’re thinking about staying in education or you’d like to know more about the training courses you could take, research your options on GMACS.

Use Xello to explore your options

Xello is a tool that you can use to research your career and education options and build your own career profile. It’s available for free to every state high school and college in Greater Manchester, so you’ll need to get access through your college. Once you’ve got access, you can use it to explore your career options and think about what you’d like to do.

Get started with opportunities and support

Greater Manchester has lots of opportunities for you to experience working life or volunteer with a local organisation to get valuable skills. Plus, there’s loads of support you can access – from help with interview prep to free skills boosters. See some opportunities specifically for your age group below.

Choices College

Choices College

Promoting employment opportunities for interns with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or Autism through a supported internship course. Introducing Choices College Choices College is a national Specialist Post-16 College providing a person-centred,...

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Apprenticeship Opportunities with LTSB

Apprenticeship Opportunities with LTSB

LTSB provide tailored programmes to prepare you for the world of work and make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running. Once you’ve completed one of their bootcamps they'll guide you through the interview process and work hard to place you in apprenticeships with...

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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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Our Pass is how young people in GM get around

If you’re aged 16-18 in GM, you could get Our Pass, a membership scheme for young people that gives you free bus travel, discounted tram travel, and exclusive discounts and offers.

Discover exciting careers events in your community

There’s lots of events on offer near you, whether you want to meet prospective employers, learn more about further education or get mentoring and other support. See events tailored for your age group here or see what’s happening in your area.

National Apprenticeship and Education Event – North

National Apprenticeship and Education Event – North

Date: 19/03/2024
Time: 9:30am-3pm
Suitable for: Y10+

The National Apprenticeship & Education Event – North in Manchester is the perfect event for school and college students from year 10+ as well as young adults to find out more about apprenticeships at all levels as well as the educational pathways available to them.

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Hear from people like you on our blog

Our blog has posts and articles from young people sharing their experiences. We also have expert advice from people already working in industry.

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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Read about real people’s careers

You can learn a lot from reading about other people’s experiences in the workplace and the career options they chose to get there. Explore some examples below.