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Graduate Volunteer Project Assistant (VPA) Programme

Groundwork's Volunteer Project Assistant (VPA) programme has helped over 2,000 people to kick-start their first steps into professional careers. This graduate work experience scheme started in the early 1990’s as a way to provide unemployed graduates with real project management experience and to break the cycle of no job = no experience = no job.

What's in it for you?

  • Gain twelve weeks of graduate level responsibility on live projects
  • Choose which placement best fits with your vision of a professional career 
  • Increase your skills, confidence and employability - really stand out from the crowd at interviews
  • Network with employers and project partners
  • Complete projects that change lives and improve local communities

We currently have 30 placements available across Greater Manchester in a diverse range of our business areas. Download our Information Pack for more details.


1. You must have graduated in the last 12 months (ie June/July 2016)

2. If you graduated from a Greater Manchester Higher Education Institution then it does not matter where you live as long as you can travel to placements in Greater Manchester, OR if you graduated from a University outside of Greater Manchester then you must live within Greater Manchester.

If you have any queries about eligibility please contact us.

How to apply ?

Download our Information Pack showing all of our current placements.

Information Pack

Application Form

We are currently considering applications so please apply now using the application form above and send to:

Groundwork Bolton, Bury, Oldham & Rochdale (BBOR) is the lead in this partnership, working with Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside (CLM) and Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford (MSSTT).

For more details contact John Davies:
Call 0161 785 7411 or email

The VPA programme is part funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund and is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency