Manchester’s Post-16 Pathway Partnership

Learn more about Manchester City Council’s Post-16 Pathway Partnership, which aims to develop consistently strong academic, technical, training and engagement pathways in high quality settings across Manchester.

Our Post-16 Education and Training Partnership will work in collaboration with each other and the local authority to ensure that there are consistently strong academic, technical, training and engagement pathways in high quality settings across Manchester that provide for our young people, meeting the socio-economic needs of the city.
Post-16 Pathway Partnership Mission & Vision

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Vision for the Future of Post 16 Education & Training in Manchester

  • The offer is exciting, energising and empowering for our young people
  • We commit to working together to provide a transformational education and training offer
  • There are opportunities for all to develop the skills they need to fulfil their ambition
  • There are meaningful encounters with providers and employers and bespoke careers advice
  • There is a seamless transition to post-16 destinations, with particular focus on young people identified most at risk of becoming NEET
  • We listen to our young people, learning from their experiences to help improve and shape the city’s post-16 offer
  • We share practice from our own organisations, working together and with the local authority to find solutions to common challenges

More information can be found at:

City-wide Projects and Approaches Include…

  • Skills for Life logo

    Skills for Life

    Skills for Life is a universal approach, which aims to raise the profile of skills in children and young people. The five key skills are:

    1. Communication
    2. Problem Solving
    3. Self-belief (including positive outlook, resilience and motivation)
    4. Self-management (including accountability, organisation and initiative)
    5. Teamwork (including leadership)

    We join with the mission to ensure that children and young people have the right skills to be able to grow up happy, healthy, safe and successful. We will achieve this by promoting a common language and creating a city-wide movement to embed Skills For Life across Manchester.

    More information can be found at: Skills for Life

  • Unicef Child Friendly City logo

    Manchester’s Child Friendly City Project

    Manchester is working with children’s charity, the UK committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), to become a Child Friendly City. We’re working together to create a city where children and young people have a meaningful say in, and truly benefit from, the local decisions, services and spaces that shape their lives.

    We want Manchester to be a great place to grow up, where all children and young people feel safe, heard, cared for and able to flourish. We fully support the city’s journey to becoming a UNICEF UK-recognised Child Friendly City.

    More information can be found at: Our Child Friendly Manchester

  • Our Manchester Consultation

    Manchester needs you!

    Make sure your dreams for yourself, your families and your neighbourhoods are included in the City Council’s new ten-year strategy, Our Manchester.

    As we start to develop the next Our Manchester Strategy, we need to listen to you. We need to know your hopes for Manchester and the areas where you live, work or study. Our new vision, our city’s future, must be shaped by you – every resident, family, business and neighbourhood.

    We need our city’s future to be shaped by you!

    Invest ten minutes of your time to be part of the new ten-year plan for Manchester. Tell us about the things, people and places that matter to you by completing the survey at:

  • Post-16 Youth Voice Roadshow

    Young people across Manchester have met with officers from Manchester City Council, sharing insights on pathways and life experiences, co-designing a Super 6 Action Plan – a comprehensive framework designed to elevate the well-being and prospects of young individuals in our city. This includes:

    • Enhanced Communication: refining our communication strategies with young people, incorporating valuable feedback into relevant groups, and integrating it into Manchester’s journey to becoming a Child & Young Person Friendly City
    • Pathway Support: ensuring a thorough understanding of post-16 opportunities and industries across the city; rigorously quality assuring the Help and Support Manchester website to provide accurate and current information and exploring improved parental communications
    • CEIAG Advocacy: developing an annual events calendar to promote local and city-wide events, encouraging awareness of all post-16 opportunities, at all levels
    • Safety Partnerships: building connections with GMP/TFGM and collaborating with community safety groups to enhance safety in the city, committing to promoting resident voices and ensuring a secure environment
    • Skills for Life Development: co-designing the Skills for Life guiding principles and conducting cross-sector CPD workshops, supporting the holistic development of young people’s life skills through working in collaboration with education and employer partners
    • Employer Engagement: maximising the potential of employer offers in schools and colleges, through the development of a platform that seamlessly connects employers with schools and education settings, fostering opportunities for young individuals

As this progresses, Manchester City Council officers intend to visit all college settings throughout the academic year and will implement a Post-16 Youth Board – consistently keeping these principles at the forefront of our initiatives to positively impact the lives of Manchester’s youth.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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Greater Manchester Education Trust logo Chartered College of Teaching Institutional Member 2023/24 badge Cyber Essentials Certified logo
School Games Platinum Award 2023/24 - 2024/25 logo FFT National Attendance Award 2023/24 logo One Education Reading Award Gold logo Confederation of School Trusts logo Educate Awards Winner 2019 logo SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2018 logo SSAT Effective Learning Behaviour logo SSAT Climate for Learning logo Manchester United Foundation logo The Duke of Edinburgh logo The Cultural Diversity Standards logo The Schools Co-operative Society logo School Achievement Award logo Sport England logo Leading Edge Partnership Programme logo The Quality in Careers Standard logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Basic Skills Quality Mark logo Whalley Range Sixth Form logo