Apprenticeships offer people of all ages the opportunity to work for an employer and gain experience, earn a salary and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships help employers in every sector to develop their human resources, expand skills and improve quality.

The C&M College Network have worked closely with local employers for over 20 years to secure positions for individuals and in particular young people to enable them to progress their career and participate in an Apprenticeship. Many of our past Apprentices are now managers or owners of their own business and continue to use Apprenticeship as an effective way to develop their staff and offer job opportunities.
Unlike many other Apprenticeship Providers we help to secure a job for you, ensuring the employer and individual will work together and with us to succeed.   Find out more:


The matrix standard is a unique quality mark designed to recognise effective, professional high standards of information, advice and guidance to current and potential learners, employees and external partners such as schools, parents, carers, employers and the community.

Initially awarded in 2009 The C&M College Network were re assessed in 2012 under more rigorous criteria. The matrix report states;

“The College encourages and supports lifelong learning and aims to provide teaching and training to raise achievements and skill levels of the local community in order to improve employment and career prospects and meet individual and employer needs.

The College is committed to ensuring that every customer recieves the highest standards of service and will respond quickly to remedy any deficiencies. Standards of service are regularly monitored against performance targets.”

A learner interviewed by the matrix assessor commented:

“Staff really put the time in to be really helpful, you really feel that you are consulted and in charge of your own future. I would recommend the College to anyone.”   Find out more:


QS_Logo_whiteWork Experience Gold Standard:
The Work Experience Quality Standard is a nationally recognised accreditation awarded to organisations who are assessed as meeting high levels of commitment, preparation and delivery of work experience. The Gold Standard is the highest of three standards and is awarded where there is evidence of exceptional performance, planning,monitoring and support for learners and employers.

The C&M College Network have historically been at the forfront of establishing a work placement programme for learners. A dedicated Employer Liaison Team organise over 750 individual work placements with external employers and organsiations each year. Our work placements are organised to meet individual need. We use the term “placement” as we offer more than an experience of the world of work. Our collaborations have helped learners secure employment, make career choices, excel in their current studies and enhance HE applications. Employers collaborate with us on an ongoing basis due to our professional standards, preparation and monitoring.

The C&M College Network were one of the first Colleges and organisations in the Northwest to be awarded the Gold Standard in March 2014.  Find out more:


Disability_Logo_whiteTwoTicks Disability Symbol:
The Two Tick Disability Symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to organisations who demonstrate a positive commitment to disabled people, ensuring that all disabled applicants meeting the criteria will be interviewed, discussing with disabled people reasonable adjustments and proportional changes that would help develop their abilities and stay in learning or employment.   Find out more: