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GMACS supporting young people through results week as Mayor congratulates all those getting grades

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Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has congratulated everyone who received their A Level and BTEC results earlier today. (@YourGMACS)

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:

 “A massive congratulations to everyone across Greater Manchester who received their A Level and BTEC results this morning.

“The last year has been incredibly tough for young people across our city-region. You’ve worked hard through unprecedented challenges, and you should all be extremely proud of your achievements.

“There is support available if you didn’t get the results you wanted or if you’re unsure about what to do next. Our Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service (GMACS) exists to help you figure out your options, from going to university, starting an apprenticeship, or choosing a different path that’s right for you.

“Whether your next steps are here in Greater Manchester or elsewhere, I wish you all the very best of luck with the future and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service (GMACS)

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service (GMACS) is a tool for anyone aged 11-30 in Greater Manchester.

It exists to help young people explore and design their next steps in their career, or to help them prepare for leaving school/college.

During results week, the live chat function is open 9am-6pm to help young people navigate their next steps.

What does GMACS do?

  • The website is a hub of tools, opportunities, events and more, all there to help young people.
  • It brings together different stages of the career planning process, helping people navigate choices available to young people – developing skills to take their next steps in life.
  • It showcases what Greater Manchester can offer and provides a direct way to apply for apprenticeships and search for courses, events and opportunities.

Why does it exist?

  • GMACS is part of the Mayor’s commitment to ensure every person has access to opportunities and no one is left behind.
  • A Youth Task Force made up of young people has created a Young Person’s Guarantee – making sure young people don’t miss out on any opportunities because of COVID 19.
  • This includes promises to young people about education, employment, training, apprenticeships, health wellbeing and access to the internet.
  • GMACS is where young people can go to make sure they have the best advice and info to help choose their next steps and create their future in Greater Manchester.


  • Over 30,000 users of GMACS.
  • The Meet Your Future work shadowing campaign, hosted on GMACS, has provided over 51,500 encounters between young people and employers.

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