About Our Programme

Gander was established in 2015 and is bringing business and education together to build mutually beneficial relationships for the future. By giving the workforce of the future an insight, or 'gander' into their business or industry, local employers are supporting the future of Stockport and its local economy. Students benefit from seeing and hearing about the wide range of local industries and the opportunities they can provide.

Benefits For Business

Gander offers a platform for any business to be more active in the local Stockport community, by supporting our college partners and their students. They can inspire the next generation of employees, business leaders and entrepreneurs, while at the same time providing rewarding development opportunities for their employees.

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Our college partners, Aquinas College, Cheadle & Marple College and Stockport College, provide a wide range of study options for students. At Gander, we aim to support all course subjects by developing access to the local business community, who can provide job and career insight, while bringing context to the curriculum being studied.

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Gander has the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Stockport Economic Alliance Group as our principal partners, who working alongside Stockport Council and high profile local businesses, are championing the need to build stronger links between education providers and the business community of Stockport.

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Support Categories

There are five separate categories that businesses can choose to support: Career Sampling, Business Support, Mentoring, Career Support and Presentations.

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We are delighted to have the support of our Ambassadors. People with a strong connection to Stockport, who have forged successful careers and act as an inspiration to our college partners and their students.

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Gander Young Business of the Year sponsored by Seashell Trust

Gander is proud to be working in partnership with Seashell Trust, a fantastic Stockport based charity.

From October 2016, we are running this inaugural business challenge event for students from our college partners, who will gain practical business experience, while fundraising for the charity.

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