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GM FE Innovation Programme Seeks Evaluation Partners

Written on 23rd June 2024

The GM FE Innovation Programme has received £2.5m revenue from InnovateUK to run in the 2024/25 financial year. Our programme is a collaborative partnership of all 9 Greater Manchester Further Education Colleges covering the 10 Boroughs of Greater Manchester. This scale of collaborative FE innovation intervention is nationally unique.

GMFEIP builds the capacity and capability of Further Education Colleges to enable their staff to increase the adoption and diffusion of innovations by businesses in their locality and create better links between them and the city region’s innovation ecosystem. This addresses the challenge of low productivity, and limited engagement with innovation support services, especially in the outer areas of the City Region.

The purpose of this invitation to tender is to commission an independent evaluation of the project success in achieving the intended outcomes over the thirteen-month funding period and identify learning for both Greater Manchester Colleges (GMColleges) and the wider FE sector on how innovation projects can be delivered within the FE system.

The purpose of this programme evaluation is for GMColleges and partners to understand the impact of the pilot programmes on all beneficiaries and the essential ingredients for its success to share across the sector.

For further information please view the brief GMFEIP Evaluation Tender Brief or contact