Higher Horizons +

Future U, Greater Manchester Higher and Higher Horizons form part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), working specifically across the North Midlands and North-West of England. Working with partner colleges and higher education institutions we form targeted, impartial and collective networks.  We deliver programmes for young people that are curriculum-connected and industry insightful spanning IAG, university taster events, summer schools, mentoring, campus visits and much more.

Hutchison Ports

We are the world’s leading port network. Over 30,000 employees, operating ports and terminals in 27 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Our parent company is CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. We invest heavily in IT and operational efficiency, innovating in every aspect of our ports’ operations. From process re-engineering to IT infrastructure and automated systems. This makes our import-export partners more competitive, and makes Hutchison Ports much sought-after in the maritime and transport community.

INOVYN ChlorVinyls

A premier chemical company, INOVYN is at the heart of Europe’s chemical industry.

Instro Precision Ltd

Instro Precision is one of the leading suppliers and system integrators of support equipment for military and commercial electro-optical sensors in the world. Instro Precision is a trusted supplier of civilian and military components to manufacturers in over 50 countries.


IPS International

IPS International is a specialist Apprenticeship training provider and a leading provider of training and consultancy operating across the UK and overseas. We deliver a wide range of training programmes at our centres and on our clients' premises. Professionally qualified and experienced in their subject areas, our staff are drawn from industry and commerce and are selected for their ability to successfully transfer a wide range of skills and knowledge.


Jacobs Engineering UK

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. We have operations in more than 250 locations across more than 35 countries, and employ more than 65,000 people. 

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the largest manufacturer of premium vehicles in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover is at the centre of the UK automotive industry’s drive to deliver technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development and is the largest investor in automotive research and development and engineering in the UK.

JCB Group

One of Kent and Sussex's largest motor groups is celebrating the success of utilising the National Apprentice Service to address a skills gap in the industry as part of National Apprenticeship Week, enrolling four more apprentices. The JCB Group, which is also Volkswagen UK’s largest Commercial Vehicles retailer, deem apprenticeships as an important part of its business. The company’s apprenticeship programme, more affectionately known as The JCB Academy, was developed last year in conjunction with the Learning Skills Partnership.

John Crane

John Crane is more than just one of the world’s leading providers of engineered technology. We supply and service the products used by our customers in energy services and other process industries for their mission-critical operations — many of which involve extremely challenging conditions. In doing so, our 6,900 employees help our customers safely supply energy to communities around the world.

Johnson Matthey

As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we apply our cutting-edge science to create solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us.


KBR Infrastructure

At KBR, we partner with government and industry clients to provide purposeful and comprehensive solutions with an emphasis on efficiency and safety. With a full portfolio of services, proprietary technologies and expertise, our approximately 38,000 employees are ready to handle projects and missions throughout their entire lifecycle, from planning and design to sustainability and maintenance. Whether at the bottom of the ocean or in outer space, our clients trust us to deliver the impossible on a daily basis.


Kier Construction

Kier is a leading infrastructure, buildings, developments and housing group. We invest, build and maintain across a range of different sectors from education, health, heritage, defence and custodial to highways, rail, aviation, industrial, power and utilities.