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Achieving social value through tech

Social value in Greater Manchester is benefitting from investment and opportunities thanks to technology companies.

Providing initiatives, mentoring opportunities and apprenticeships, technology companies that are partners of the Greater Manchester One Network are helping to deliver on social vale commitments within the region. This also brings support for Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Digital Blueprint.

The private sector partners are providing 28 new apprenticeships, complementing the 15 that are already in place across Greater Manchester, covering a host of different roles. These include:

  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Project specialists
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Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Digital Lead, Cllr Nick Peel, said:

We’re ensuring Greater Manchester has the digital infrastructure needed to be a world-class digital city region. To achieve this, we’re drawing on our relationships with private sector partners to achieve strong social value outcomes of real benefit to our people across the region. I’m pleased to hear apprenticeships, work experience placements and pathway programmes like T-Levels are now benefitting our residents across the region.

“Harnessing infrastructure in this way aligns to our ambition for Greater Manchester to become one of the first city regions in the world to equip our residents with the skills, connectivity and technology to get online, ensuring our people can benefit for the opportunities that digital brings."

As part of the Greater Manchester One Network project, communities are also benefitting from 2,225 hours of volunteering work, as well as a T-Level industry project. Residents are also starting to get access to free connectivity and donated technology, as well as digital skills workshops and drop-in sessions.

The Network is also looking to build on the Local Full Fibre Network to give communities faster and more resilient data connections.


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