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Greater Manchester European Social Fund- NEET Participation and Skills Progression Programme

The Programme’s priorities are to increase labour market participation, promote inclusion and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce. The programme is being delivered across the 10 Local Authorities of Greater Manchester.

The focus of this programme is specifically for young people aged 15-19 (up to 24 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities), who are not in education, employment or training and, those young people at risk of becoming disengaged.

Principles of the programme:

  • Provide bespoke personalised interventions based on need
  • Provide access to high quality Information Advice and Guidance
  • Support skill development which is relevant and aligned to employer demand
  • Implement effective partnerships to maximise available resources and increase access to specialist services
  • Effectively promote accessible and inclusive services to engage identified priority groups
  • Quality assure all elements of delivery to maintain high quality services that are efficient and effective
  • Enable young people to secure sustainable outcomes in education, employment or training


Below, we are very pleased to share a sample of feedback and results from the Programme, demonstrating how much it is valued.

From a young person's mum:

“Adviser, Kerry White, has been very good and supportive all the way. Couldn’t have asked for a better adviser.”

From our partner at Mahdlo:

“The information sessions we host at Positive Steps are really productive and have proved to be very successful in recruiting young people for our Get a Job employability course.

All the staff at Positive steps are always very helpful and clearly always have the young people's interests at heart, which is always great to see.

The Positive Pathways Programme prepares young people and we have recruited quite a lot of young people either directly or on the back of the Positive Pathways information sessions. It is so helpful to have Positive Steps and the Positive Pathways Programme as one of our key partners and hope this continues to grow as the course does.”

From Approved Training, Heywood:

"Two advisers took a group of ESF clients on the bus journey for their construction traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities, 4 have been offered a traineeship start and 2 offered apprenticeship starts for October/November. This is as a result of coming to ESF/Positive Pathways drop in sessions" - with excellent responses from the candidates referred.

Young person joins the System Presentation team on a work placement, Trish and her team at Bury Employment Support and Training, Bury Council have supported this young person through the ESF NEET programme in Bury:

21-year-old from Radcliffe and is an avid fan of Metrolink. He is currently working with the System and Facilities presentation team as part of a work placement in partnership with Bury Employment Support and Training service (Bury EST).

Bury EST is a service for adults who need additional support to get into employment

This young person will be working with the team carrying out audits of stops and providing admin support every Tuesday for an eight-week period.

Following the young person’s first few weeks working at the company:

“I really enjoy doing the work experience at Metrolink. The staff here are really friendly and very supportive which helps me to feel welcome and part of the team. The experience has taught me new skills and gained an insight into how Metrolink operates.”

To find out more about the programme, click here.





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