Find your career path

Understand all the opportunities available to you and make the best decision for your future.

Apprenticeships across Greater Manchester

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

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Build your career plan

Create your own online action plan to kickstart your career. Explore options, review goals and adapt to reflect your progress.

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world of work

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.



Build your knowledge and skills through work experience.

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.

Welcome to the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship & Careers Service

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Not only will you be able to search for live apprenticeships on GMACS, you can also:

  • Explore what an apprenticeship is and how they work.
  • Understand what it means to be an apprentice.
  • Discover different apprenticeship types, get application hints and tips, and apply for vacancies.

Careers Planning

It is important not only to think about short and long term goals, but also to explore other avenues of work, reflect on your progress and create an online action plan. This is where a careers plan can be extremely beneficial.

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Xello is an engaging online program that prepares young people for post- secondary success in academics, careers and life. On Xello, young people will be able to:

  • Devise your own action plan to kickstart your career.
  • Create an online portfolio that showcases interests, skills and abilities.
  • Review and adapt plan to reflect progress.

Education & Training

There are three main things to consider when applying for courses – what you want to do, what’s available, and your approach to learning. Colleges, sixth forms, and training providers are all different so the experience of studying the same qualification varies, depending where you go.

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Xello can help you explore and compare different pathways using information gathered about you from interactive assessments. You will also be able to:

  • Complete interactive careers, personality and learning style assessments.
  • Explore careers, college and university options that match assessment results.
  • Discover pathways you may not have considered and learn more about them.


Activities can be described as enrichment opportunities that fall outside of your school or college commitments. Activities are something you would chose to do voluntarily and in your spare time, e.g. after school/college, at the weekend and/or in the school/college holidays.

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Find out more about the different types of activities that are available to you in your local area, the benefits of taking part and how to apply. Benefits include:

  • Stand out from the crowd. Activities give you something to talk about and look great on Job, college and university applications.
  • Explore your passions and interests by trying out something new.
  • Gain new experiences and develop your skills. Activities can help you develop essential life skills and build your confidence and self-esteem.