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Greater Manchester signs Cascaid for careers portal


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GCMA) has signed SME Cascaid to develop its planned Careers Application Platform.

The company won from among eight bidders to strike a three-year, £420,000 deal with the authority for the creation of the portal, which aimed at helping young people make informed decisions on their careers.

The plan was an element of Mayor Andy Burnham’s manifesto, pointing to the creation of a UCAS-style application process to help 16-18 year-olds in choosing and applying for apprenticeships and courses offering technical qualifications.

It could be extended to over 18s if it proves a success, and will form part of the Future of Greater Manchester strategy, which was approved by the GMCA in January.

According to the contract notice, it will support the delivery of Greater Manchester’s Curriculum for Life.

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