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GMCG conference first
Thursday 3rd July 2014 @ 12:22 by Nigel Skinner


Ten Further Education colleges including Tameside in the Greater Manchester City region have joined forces to host their first major event, a Leading Teaching and Learning Conference.

Together the colleges have created the Greater Manchester College Group (GMCG) who have established a joint venture company, making it the first of its kind in a city region.

Committed to delivering high quality education and skills provision, GMCG represents and promotes the Further Education sector within Greater Manchester.

With the ten colleges contributing more than £500 million to the Greater Manchester economy each year, they play a key role in securing the region’s economic wellbeing.

The inaugural GMCG conference was held at Lancashire Country Cricket Ground this week, to celebrate, share and discuss innovative teaching, learning and leadership practices. The full-day conference featured leading teaching and learning speakers from around the world, including Bill Lucas, Deb Masters and Michael Sheehan.

Around 360 teaching and learning professionals joined the internationally-renowned educational speakers and also took part in a series of workshops on outstanding teaching and learning practices.

This major focus on expertise in educational leadership, teaching and learning will enable these professionals to share good practice and learn from each other, benefitting current and future learners across Greater Manchester.

Tameside College Principal, Peter Ryder, GMCG’s Chair said: “We are working in collaboration to ensure delivery of the best possible quality of teaching and learning as we all believe in the positive benefits for learners and the wider community of our working closely together.

“We aim to build capacity and excellence by pulling together the expertise and specialist skills from all of the Colleges involved.

“As a group we work with local and regional employers to bring a greater emphasis on enterprise, entrepreneurialism and innovative thinking to the education sector.

“This conference was the first of what we hope will be an annual collaborative event for our members.

“By pooling our resources and expertise, we can stage an exceptionally high quality education conference.”

The other colleges in the group are Bolton, Bury, Hopwood Hall, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh.

The GMCG serves the needs of 128,000 learners each year, from young people through to adults, with more than 5,000 students studying for higher level qualifications at their local college.

It has networks of public and private sector partners and customers and works with over 10,000 businesses, supporting more than 5,000 of their staff through Apprenticeships and training.

Since 2010, the ten colleges have worked closely together to explore the benefits of this partnership to inspire their students, industry partners and local communities and help to ensure that collectively there is a strategic focus for Further Education in Greater Manchester.

Other GMCG objectives include working with government, other agencies, large companies and organisations to run projects that achieve an impact locally and regionally.

For more information about GMCG please visit