Launch of Greater Manchester’s Specialist Leaders for Careers Education

The Alliance for Learning (part of Bright Futures Educational Trust) and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are partnering to create the first network of Specialist Leaders for Careers Education of its kind across the region.   

Funded by GMCA and the Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Hub, the new Specialist Leaders will be recruited, trained, and deployed in Greater Manchester schools and colleges. They will work with senior leaders to improve the quality and provision of Careers Education, ensuring that all young people leave school inspired, ready for their life ahead and equipped for work and lifelong learning.

The launch follows the successful establishment of the GM Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network, a network involving Greater Manchester schools, colleges, employers, and partners, which has given young people specialist industry knowledge and experience to help them to decide on realistic career goals and how best to achieve them. Students have had the chance to interact with employers by listening to guest speakers, going on workplace visits, or working on live projects with employers, with careers education is embedded into the curriculum. The creation of these ten Specialist Leaders for Careers Education, will create more dedicated support for schools and colleges and will ensure more young people benefit from world class careers education and opportunities.

Lisa Fathers of Bright Futures Educational Trust, says: “This is an exciting, innovative project which will utilise the school-to-school support system already embedded into the landscape but take the provision for young people to another level, empowering them in a way to really plan for their futures with the best support possible. Our ambition is to achieve a self-sustaining school/college-led Community of Practice, strong leadership will be key to success and we are confident that this is the first step towards achieving this ambition.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of GM, added: “This is a fantastic project which illustrates the commitment Greater Manchester’s education leaders have to getting our young people back on track and working towards successful and satisfying careers when they leave full time education. In Greater Manchester we want to ensure that all students have high quality careers education and advice – and of course that the skills and knowledge developed can support the Greater Manchester economy.”

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