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Skills are the quintessence of business growth...

Vocational education enables teams to turn visions into reality, to function at high levels of productivity and to confidently tackle any challenges that come our way. In the wake of the pandemic, SMEs in Greater Manchester need to look forward to the future and to begin the process of rebuilding stronger, smarter and better by plugging knowledge gaps, maximising growth opportunities and rethinking the way we do business to be sustainable for years to come.

At no cost to your business, with as little or as much support as you need for up to 26 weeks, we help you get the skills for growth.

Get started now

It only takes 30 minutes with a Skills Coach to get the ball rolling, so grab a brew and get started today.

How it works

Our SME support service can be summed up in 3 simple steps...


Meet your Skills Coach

Run a business, skills and talent diagnostic together

Explore GM Skills Map course directory



Get specialist support in apprenticeships and wellbeing

Tailored sector support unique to your industry

Access the benefits of you skills map portal




26 weeks of fully funded consultation

Explore other funding and grants

Get as much or as little help as you need

Read our brochure

Read our brochure to find out how we can help you.

What our clients are saying

Read first-hand accounts about our clients' experience with Skills for Growth - SME Support

Skills for Growth - SME Support helped us identify a digital skills gap and fill that by hiring a digital marketing apprentice. We're looking forward to working with them as we reopen.

David McCabe, Graystone Action Sports

Skills for Growth – SME Support have helped us to create a more motivated, involved, and high performing workforce, which translates into greater organisational success.

Neil Sheppard, Customs Connect

Thanks to Skills for Growth - SME Support, I am now undertaking a degree-level Solicitor Apprenticeship to better support my team as the owner and director of the business.

Michelle Lee, The Ralstan Group

Start your Skills for Growth Journey Today

Apply for Skills for Growth - SME Support and start upskilling your team today