The Skills Company’s Greater Manchester SkillCentre has featured in the BBC’s national News at Six programme.  It was covered in a news story about the release of the Ofsted Chief Inspector’s Annual Report on 1st December, which criticised the standards of some poorly performing schools in the North and Midlands. 

The BBC wanted to film at a location where young people who had recently left education were learning vocational skills along with maths, English and ITC, and approached the Skills Company to set up the filming.

The crew interviewed four students at the SkillCentre, which is based in Trafford Park, about their experiences at school, and since leaving education, and filmed sessions in engineering and gas fitting workshops, and in a functional skills classroom.

Cathy Broderick, Director of Technical Sectors at the Skills Company said:  “Although it was quite a short piece on the news, we were pleased to be able to showcase the work that we do to prepare young people for the world of work. 

"We have an excellent record of placing our study programme students into apprenticeships and many employers have commented on how well prepared our students are when they start employment.”