Greater Manchester Higher aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups entering higher education, as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).
Greater Manchester Higher is using Brightside mentoring Sector Insight projects to enhance young people’s understanding of different careers and the educational routes to reach them. These six week projects match young people with mentors working in a sector they are interested in. Together they work through a structured programme of online mentoring, supported by e-learning materials within Brightside’s secure and moderated online platform, providing young people with an insight into a sector of their choice. Greater Manchester Higher runs Sector Insight project in the following areas:
We have also designed and developed projects providing young people with an insight into university and higher and degree apprenticeship study.
‘Brightside has developed innovative projects for Greater Manchester Higher giving over 500 learners access to personalised 1-1 support. Some programmes have been designed to support specific target groups, including learners on the autistic spectrum and white working class boys. Others have worked with post-16 students to give them an insight into different career areas, explore higher education and support their applications. Brightside are excellent to work with and all the mentoring programmes they have delivered have been effectively planned and actively managed.’
Jamie Bytheway, Operations Manager, Greater Manchester Higher
‘My mentor was so friendly and helpful. I couldn’t be happier with who I got paired with. She allowed me to gain more knowledge about apprenticeships as well as uni courses for the subject I would like to study. She definitely provided me with the correct information instead of pressuring me to go to uni which I was unsure about when I first started the project.’
Greater Manchester Higher mentee