Finalist

M-Futures

2020 National Winner

M-Futures was created in partnership with apprenticeship provider Total People, Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Working Skills Group who recognised a gap in the current apprenticeship offer around construction. The programme creates life-changing opportunities to work on some of Manchester’s most impressive developments.  

M-Futures enables learners to access two years of rotational employment and training with some of Manchester’s leading construction, architecture and property development firms. Learners study a HNC in construction and a Level 4 NVQ Diploma in construction and building services management and supervision. Projects include working on major design and build schemes in the city, including Manchester City Council’s Our Town Hall redevelopment with MACE. The programme provides multiple progression opportunities, such as industry employment and degree level apprenticeships, in areas from build management to quantity surveying.

M-Futures has grown in momentum and importance in meeting local demand for improving progression in the construction industry while also responding to local employment needs and supporting local skills growth policies. It has provided a career pathway and a positive destination for all who complete the course, with 90% of apprentices remaining in the construction industry after completion.

Learner Abdul said: “The apprenticeship route appealed to me because not only am I getting paid for learning but I’m getting invaluable work experience. The Our Town Hall project really felt like something special. I’ve grown in both confidence and maturity. When I first started I was shy and quiet, but I can really see how far I’ve come”

Kash Barlow, Operations Director – Partnerships at Total People, said: “Total People have forged excellent working relationships with national construction employers and the local authority to provide unprecedented experience for learners that sets them apart in the industry and contributes to the changing Manchester skyline.”