Recruitment, training and apprentices

7. Connecting education with business

Gander: Connecting employers with Further Education in Stockport

GanderCareers was created by businesses in Stockport to strengthen links between employers and Further Education Colleges. Partners include Stockport Council, Stockport Economic Alliance, Stockport Chamber of Commerce and 3 Colleges, Aquinas, Cheadle and Marple, and Stockport.

Gander is the facilitator of short term employer experiences for college students (16-18). Support provided by employers is flexible and can include delivering work related seminars, mentoring, mock interviews, workplace visits, work shadowing, giving employment advice, attending careers fairs, and further education pathways.

To date Gander has facilitated over 2,500 employer experiences for students across the 3 colleges. This will continue as Gander focuses on the Gatsby government initiative, which is designed to further promote links between students and businesses.

Find more information and register your interest by visiting the Gander website.

Bridge GM: Enabling students in secondary education to gain quality interactions with employers

Bridge GM aims to provide advice, support and guidance to schools and colleges to make employer engagement much easier and more effective. The service enables businesses to get involved in supporting young people from age 11 to 18 across Greater Manchester. They offer strategic support to schools and colleges, support industry links within the curriculum and provide inspirational activities.

Bridge GM holds a number of events throughout the year enabling students to hear about career opportunities. This includes the Meet Your Future work shadowing programme which offers young people the opportunity to spend a day in a business environment.

For more information visit the Bridge GM website.

Digital Her / Manchester Digital: inspiring and empowering young people to consider careers in digital technology

In April 2019 we hosted the Digital Her roadshow, delivered in partnership with Manchester Digital. 85 Students from 6 of Stockport’s secondary schools took part in the interactive event aimed at inspiring and empowering year 8 girls to consider a career in digital technology.

Through its Digital Futures programme Manchester Digital delivers a range of innovative, industry-led initiatives and support for schools and colleges in Greater Manchester. The programme aims to help educators deliver a curriculum that is effective and relevant, and to be able to give specialist career insights in a sustainable way, encouraging students to consider a future in Greater Manchester’s growing tech sector.

For more information visit the Manchester Digital website.