Greater Manchester has always been the home of radical thinking and innovation. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and political and social reform, and now a hub for our thriving digital and tech sectors, the spirit of the city-region hasn’t changed over the years. My goal as Mayor of Greater Manchester is to build a stronger, fairer and more resilient society, tackling regional inequalities and ensuring that economic growth and prosperity benefit everyone in our city-region.
Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. Responsible for shaping the future of Greater Manchester, Mayor Burnham’s priorities include ending rough sleeping, transforming Greater Manchester into one of the greenest city regions in Europe, and making Greater Manchester a great place to live, get on, and grow old.
Before being elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham was Member of Parliament for Leigh (UK) from 2001. In government, he has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.
In 2019, Greater Manchester and the UK Government agreed one of the country’s first modern local industrial strategies. The Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy outlines a set of long-term policy priorities to help guide industrial development and provides a joint plan for growth and good jobs for our Greater Manchester residents. The Strategy was co-designed with business, the community, the voluntary and social enterprise sector and citizens.
Following the launch of the strategy, Greater Manchester introduced the Good Employment Charter. The charter encourages and supports employers to provide good jobs for local people with opportunity to progress and to develop. The charter will help to drive up employment standards, improving employees’ welfare as well as businesses performance.
Mayor Burnham’s ambition is to create an integrated employment and skills eco-system that has the individual and employer at its heart, and better responds to the needs of residents and businesses.
Thanks to the Adult Education Budget, Greater Manchester has more control over how to support skills and employment locally, ensuring residents are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to succeed. Since August 2019 more than 29,000 residents have received support with their skills development. The funding is also ensuring that employers can access the skilled workforce needed for businesses across the city-region to grow and thrive.
Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Devolution is allowing us to move forward in Greater Manchester to deliver the best possible outcome for residents and businesses by creating a fully integrated and seamless lifelong learning experience that benefits everyone.”
Greater Manchester launched the first city-region Culture Strategy in 2019, centring around the lives of the people of Greater Manchester. The Strategy provides a joint and cohesive message about the city’s cultural ambition, building on its reputation for cultural innovation, but also boosting the economy and enriching the lives of residents.
To make culture more accessible for residents Mayor Burnham launched the Greater Manchester Town of Culture award in 2019. The award rewards towns across the city-region that are making a significant contribution to culture. The winning town receives £50,000 to develop a programme of exciting events and activities that celebrate the identity of that place.