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Business services support
GC Business Growth Hub
A community of specialists with a passion to help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their ambitions.
They support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with our broad range of services. They offer expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more.
Better still, most of their support is fully funded and is provided at no direct cost to your business.
To contact the GC Business Growth Hub:
Call 0161 359 3050
Help to recruit and train staff
#SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support
Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support offers grants to non-levy paying employers to recruit and deliver high quality Apprenticeships, workforce planning support and advice and is developing a Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service!
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched the #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants for SMEs in Greater Manchester, those organisations who have a wage bill less than £3million.
The £3000 grant may be offered to SMEs who:
- are non-levy payers
- have their registered office based in Greater Manchester
- have not employed an apprentice for at least 2 years.
The South East Lancashire Construction Association (SELCA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to facilitate training and development within its member companies, alongside offering them support and advice.
SELCA aims to carry out training locally, where possible, and at as low a cost as possible by subsidising the price, with the funding from CITB and income from membership subscriptions.
Contact one of your local advisors
James Johnson is the CITB Advisor for the Greater Manchester area.
James has worked for CITB for 13 years mainly as an Apprenticeship Officer but fmost recently as an advisor.
He started my career as a Joinery apprentice working on various projects in the North West. He then trained to become an Assessor, then moving into FE colleges and finally looking after construction apprentices for CITB.
Matt is the local CITB Advisor for the northern Greater Manchester area (Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan).
He will advise companies on CITB’s vast range of grants, funding as well as recommending local training providers and colleges.
CITB Apprenticeship Officers
Training projects already funded by CITB
Construction Skills Fund
The Construction Skills Fund supports the development of construction on-site training hubs. The hubs help train long-term unemployed and people who are looking to make a career change into the construction industry.
Construction Skills Fund – The Works (free CSCS card and training for unemployed residents)
Contact: Michelle Handley - Skills and Recruitment Manager
0161 359 3388
Construction Skills Fund – Procure Plus (free CSCS card and training for unemployed residents)
Contact - Wiktor Morrell - Training Hub Delivery Manager