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Looking to know your options for what you could do next in life? See youth-friendly resources and opportunities below. They're from organisations who have made a commitment to support the young people of Greater Manchester.

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FREE if you are 16-24 and not in education, employment or training.

City Careers is a new City in the Community initiative to help you get a job or apprenticeship.

Starts July and October.

During the 8-week programme, you will have the opportunity to gain various qualifications and progress into employment or an apprenticeship.

Course content

  • 2 days each week
  • AM and PM sessions
  • Gain qualifications
  • Mock Interviews
  • Meet employers
  • Improve confidence
  • Social activities

For more information please contact Chris Johnston on 07753467200 or

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What is it?

The new Young Professional Journey to Work virtual learning programme from Youth Employment UK is a free learning tool for your people aged 17+.

Their are 8 courses that will help you boost your skills and career confidence. They will help you feel more able to cope with whatever working life has in store.

Do them at your own pace, and get a certificate for your CV when you complete each course!

What are the 8 courses?

  • You and your needs
  • Your confidence and emotions
  • Your goals and future plans
  • Your education and training
  • Your skills for life and work
  • Your life and work experience
  • Take charge of your career
  • The world of work

What does it cost?

It's free!

How do I do it?

To access the 8 Journey to Work courses click here and scroll down.

What is the Fastlaners programme?

It's UpRising’s employability programme. It will help you develop the tools and confidence you need to secure meaningful employment and kick-start your career.

Fastlaners runs entirely online. Throughout the programme, you will be introduced to different employers to give you a unique opportunity to explore what it’s like to work in a variety of sectors.

You will gain insight into different careers and insider tips about how to secure them. You'll have access to resources to get you thinking about the skills and attributes that make you employable, covering everything from how you present yourself on a CV, how to conduct an online interview and networking skills.

Is Fastlaners right for me?

Are you unsure about what career you want? Have you lost your job or are you struggling to find your first role? Fastlaners will give you first hand exposure to different careers and sectors and you’ll have a chance to ask questions from the people working in them.

Not knowing what you want to do isn’t a requirement. If you know exactly what career you want but can’t seem to get a foot in the door, Fastlaners is a great fit for you.

To be eligible for the programme you must be:

  • 18-24 years old
  • Based in Greater Manchester
  • Unemployed or facing redundancy
  • Be legally resident in the UK and can take up paid employment within the EU

Programmes will be starting throughout the year.

What does it involve?

  • Free access to our online employability skills sessions and activities, all of which can be completed in your own time.
  • Support sessions with our team for 4 weeks, including bespoke CV feedback and support to find job opportunities.
  • A mock interview and application feedback session with a volunteer from one of our corporate partners.
  • Support from a career focused mentor for 1 year, with the focus on supporting your professional development and job search.
  • Support from a personal coach for 2 months, with the object of supporting your personal development.
  • Ongoing access to UpRising Leadership workshops, on topics such as Personal Branding and Maintaining Resilience.


Ask any question about higher education for example:

  • student life
  • student finances
  • support and wellbing
  • accommodation
  • open days
  • clearing

All the team on the Ask Us chat have experience in higher education. Your messages will be answered Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

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Have you heard of UA92?

University Academy 92 offer so, so many courses for young Mancunians with big amitions and real lives to juggle. If you're interested in a career relating to Business, Digital, Media or Sport, they've got you covered.

You could be one of the 92 young people to successfully apply for a £5K grant

If you live in a Greater Manchester postcode, UA92 wants you to be able to access higher education. Especially if you've been affected by COVID-19.

That's why they have 92 grants of £5K each up for grabs. These Kickstart Grants will enable those of you who are out of work - or living on reduced means - due to COVID-19, to study for a degree or a shorter course with at UA92.

Kickstart grants are not applicable to those already studying at UA92. But if you're interested in higher education and have been held back by COVID-19, this could be an amazing opportunity for you to get your life on track.

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We've listened to young people in Greater Manchester. We know you want more opportunities to re-skill or re-training in new employment sectors. The Factory Futures Academy and MIF (Manchester International Festival) are here to help!

What is the Factory Futures Academy?

It's not an industrial factory. It's a creative factory!

Factory Futures is a new training programme designed to help young people learn key skills through free work experience programmes, traineeships and paid internships. It’s part of The Factory Academy, a new initiative that helps people from all backgrounds to start new careers in the creative industries.

What is the Manchester International Festival?

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester at venues all over the city.

Who should apply?

If you are…

  • Aged 19–24, living in Greater Manchester, unemployed and on Universal Credit
  • Not educated to degree level
  • Interested in anything creative
  • Motivated to learn new skills
  • Respectful of people from all backgrounds
  • Available for a 12-day training academy Wednesday 18 November –Thursday 3 December

… They want you to get in touch!

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What is the Future Workforce Employability Programme?

It's a free programme that combines work experience with an employability award. If you're in Salford, aged 16-24 and not in education, work or training - this one is for you!

What you get:

  • 5 or 10 week programme including work experience
  • Workshops to build a wide range of personal and work skills
  • Local work placements available to match a wide range of interests
  • Chances to network and build new work contacts
  • Guest speakers from local business to support your personal and work growth

How to apply:

First step: Email to register your interest!

Donna will guide you through the next steps of filling in a referral form and getting started on the training course.

Say yes to a fresh start!

Email Donna

What is the Positive Pathway Employability Programme?

It's a free programme that combines sport and leisure to help you boost your confidence and personal skills and help improve your future employability. If you're in Salford, aged 16-24 and living with SEND - this one is for you!

What you get:

  • 8 week programme with one to one mentoring
  • Workshops to develop a wide range of personal and employability skills
  • Local work placements
  • Networking opportunities to build new work relationships and contacts
  • Routes into employment or further education and development

How to apply:

First step: Email to register your interest!

Adam will guide you through the next steps of filling in a referral form and getting started on the training course.

Say yes to a fresh start!

Email Adam

What is the Traineeship Education and Employability Programme?

This unique traineeship combines sports and leisure development in 16 to 24 year olds in Salford, improving your chances of unemployment. It's located at the home of foundation 92 in either their Little Hulton or Broughton sites.

Who is foundation 92?

Foundation 92 is an independent Charity that puts a focus on supporting people to improve their lives through sport!

What you get:

  • 12 week full-time programme
  • Workshops to develop a wide range of skills and cover core subjects
  • Local work placements
  • Networking opportunities to build new work relationships and contacts
  • Free course with kit included and bursaries available
  • Offer of routes into employment or further education
  • Weekly guest speakers with industry leaders

How to apply:

First step: Email to register your interest!

Adam will guide you through the next steps of filling in a referral form and getting started on the training course.

Say yes to a fresh start!

Email Sian

Foundation 92

About Kennedys Law

Kennedys Law is a global law firm with expertise in dispute resolution and advisory services.

Why join their virtual work experience programme?

You will gain an insight into Kennedys Law legal teams and understand the type of work our trainee lawyers and apprentices do every day at Kennedys.

You will also develop important skills that will help you in your future career in law. You'll get a personalised completion certificate to share with future employers.

You can work at your own pace and in your own time. It takes about 5-6 hours to complete.

Who is it for?

The programme is available to all school and university students from a law or non-law background and no previous work experience is required to participate.

How to apply:

Take the first step of your legal career by registering to do some virtual work experience.

Register here

Who are Generation UK?

Generation UK are a charity that supports young people who face barriers to employment, to build thriving, sustainable careers, and provide employers with the skilled and motivated talent they need.

What can they do for me?

Generation UK offer industry specific employment training programmes. They can connect you to real job interviews with local employers.

What else?

All Generation UK programmes provide:

  • Mentoring during and after the programme
  • Remote delivery (laptops and wifi access can be provided for free also)
  • Expert course instructors and employability support
  • You can still receive benefits during the programme

What programmes do they offer?

IT Support - Access a career in technology, which is the UK’s fastest growing sector.

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Customer Support - You’ll learn all you need to successfully launch your career in Customer Support — as well as the behaviour and mindset skills you need to progress with your career!

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Data Engineering - Data is one of the fastest growing areas in tech. With career paths leading to AI, machine learning and Big Data, now is a great time to join this sector.

Apply now

Cloud Support Practitioner - Kickstart your career in tech as a Cloud Support Practitioner. The programme is run in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and Prince’s Trust.

Apply now

Who is eligible?

Anyone aged 18-25 not in education, employment or training.

Stand Out is a FREE online programme to help you find a job with up to a year of FREE mentoring to help you stand out in a competitive job market.

It is a series of carefully developed online sessions all available to rewatch and catch up with whenever you like.

There will be online socials, chances to meet with employers and resilience workshops. It has everything you need to help you find a job, develop your skills and make new friends.

Plus you get a trained mentor who will support and guide you every step of the way.

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NCS (National Citizen Service)

Want to make this summer one you’ll never forget? Register for NCS today and get ready to meet a bunch of new mates, learn life lessons, skills and hacks, get your voice out there, and push yourself to new the best way possible!

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (13-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people believe in themselves through learning and adventures in the wild.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (15-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust challenges young people to change their perspective.

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