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Posted By Administration, 01 May 2019

IEP and Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The IEP are pleased to announce a new partnership with The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) to develop and expand a framework of co-operation to support mutually beneficial projects and activities. 

GMLPN is a network of over 100 training providers and colleges established to represent its members’ interests and to work with and on behalf of those skills providers. Their ambition is for Greater Manchester to have a nationally recognised skills system which is a key driver of economic growth by anticipating and meeting the needs of individuals, employers and communities alike.

Andy Fawcett, Executive Director, GMLPN saidAs an organisation which principally works in Greater Manchester we are acutely aware of the fact that many GM residents are caught in the low pay no pay cycle and too many people in the conurbation lack the necessary employability skills to access and sustain employment. We are also acutely aware from recent research that upwards of 15,000 young people aged 16-24 are not in work or education and are not claiming benefits and as such are not automatically receiving employability and job search support as is the case for Jobcentre Plus customers. This hidden group of young people are perhaps our greatest concern.”

The partnership will see the IEP and GMLPN work together to achieve the following key aims:

  • Maximise the potential for practical partnerships between our respective memberships, within a framework of high-quality standards that drives the professionalism of all employability support and enhances the skills and employment prospects of learners, trained and supported by GMLPN members;
  • Work together on strategic partnerships with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Education and Skills Funding Agency and DWP to raise the profile of our respective memberships, and to seek to influence both national and local commissioners of appropriate funding streams;
  • Support the development of the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer, and disseminate the new Standards across our joint memberships;
  • Seek national joint representation on areas of mutual interest with GMCA, Department for Education, ESFA, DWP and the Institute for Apprenticeships;

Andy continued “The vast majority of the 100 training organisations in our network have colleagues who are providing both careers and employment guidance and the aspiration is to raise the quality of support they provide to their learners. Working with the IEP we hope to encourage people to join the organisation and to become actively involved and also we are very keen to encourage take up of the new Apprenticeship Standard as part of our collective effort to raise the overall capacity and capability of the skills and employment training system here 

We were delighted to welcome Scott Parkin FIEP to our recent network meetings during which we launched our Memorandum of Understanding and we look forward to working ever more closely with the Institute.”in GM.  

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of IEP said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with GMLPN to progress our agreed objectives.  GMLPN’s vision and values are closely aligned to our own and, like us, they are committed to supporting skills providers to enhance the quality of employability and vocational skills training in order to achieve better outcomes for individuals, employers and communities.”

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