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Looking to live your life the best you can? See youth-friendly resources and opportunities below. They're from organisations who have made a commitment to support the young people of Greater Manchester. With these youth commitments and opportunities offered they are taking direct action towards reducing economic inequalities.

Reducing Economic Inequalities

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's involved?

The programme begins with a two-week Factory Futures Training Academy (February/March 2021), which will introduce you to broadcast, digital and film production.

Following the Training Academy, 10 participants will be selected for an eight-week Factory Futures Traineeship (April-May 2021), which will include a bespoke five-week placement with one of 10 leading production companies and studios in Greater Manchester.

Those who complete the Training Academy will then be offered the opportunity to work on set during this summer’s Manchester International Festival (1–18 July 2021).

Who can take part?

The programme is open to anyone aged 19-24 and resident in Greater Manchester. You must have an interest in working behind the scenes in the creative industries, but you don’t need to have any experience in this area – the scheme is open to all.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from individuals from backgrounds or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries – including those from within South Asian communities (particularly Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani), African and Caribbean communities, and the Deaf/Disabled communities, as well as individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

All participants must be able to commit to eight weeks of full-time study.

Will I gain any qualifications?

All those who complete the Training Academy will receive a BTEC Level 1 or 2 Award in WorkSkills, while those who complete the Traineeship will receive a BTEC Level 1 Introductory Award in Digital Media.

Will I be compensated for my time?

All participants will receive bursaries to cover travel and lunch expenses.

How can I take part?

Registrations for the Factory Futures: Broadcast & Film Production training programme are open now! So if you are…

  • Aged 19–24
  • Living in Greater Manchester
  • Passionate about film/TV, music, art and/or theatre
  • Motivated to learn new skills
  • Respectful of people from all backgrounds … We want to meet you! Head here to complete your registration by Friday 12 February 2021.


We've been listening to young people in Manchester. We know you want more help to find a suitable job, apprenticeship or work placement if you are unemployed or being made redundant.

Good news: GM Housing Partners (via One Manchester) are offering at least 100 opportunities to young people in GM as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Manchester's most exciting companies.

What does this opportunity mean to you?

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to 16-24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. If you have a work coach they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you.

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Workplace Opportunity Week offers virtual sessions to inspire you about the different industries, roles and careers within Greater Manchester.

Check out the full programme via the link to discover career Q&As, tips for school, college and uni leavers in 20201, employers offering work in Greater Manchester... and so much more. Webinars on Manchester recycling and digital apprenticeships? You'll find them here and more besides!

Full events list

What is on offer?

A variety of short marketing courses in the form of lunchtime online masterclasses (1 hour per week for 5 weeks), including digital marketing.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is unemployed and over the age of 18 in Greater Manchester. The courses are perfect for anyone interested in a career in marketing or who want to add to their marketing skills and experience.

What areas of marketing can I learn about?

A variety of marketing courses e.g.

  • Practical digital campaign planning
  • Compelling copywriting for marketers (Beginners & Advanced)
  • Data analysis for marketers
  • Mastering Mailchimp
  • Introduction to content marketing
  • Social Media marketing
  • Search engine marketing masterclass

How do I apply?

You can apply on the Oxford Professional Education Group website. Click the course you want and fill out the short form.

Please select ‘GMACS Funding’ option in the employment status section of the course application form.


Who are Equal Education Chances?

Equal Education Chances is a charity that supports young people’s wellbeing and transitioning into adulthood through mentoring, tutoring and volunteering experiences.

How can they help?

If you are a young person, in Greater Manchester, with a disability or special educational need Equal Education Chances may be able to help.

They even host an online gathering for young people every 5pm on Saturdays. The virtual sessions create opportunities to connect, talk about burning issues, support with making decisions about the future and aspirations.

You can phone them on 0161 2119016


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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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What is JCI?

JCI is a global, not-for-profit organisation for 18 to 40 year olds, run by its members for its members. JCI’s mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. JCI members are from many different backgrounds, cultures and professions, but all share common values and passion to develop themselves and support and improve their communities.

Through workshops, projects and organisational boards, members are able to gain practical experience not always available in their work environments.

They can develop new skills outside their usual day-to-day experience, take on leadership positions years ahead of when they might be offered in the workplace and learn from people with different personalities, perspectives and experiences.

JCI events offer a open and supportive environment, where members are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, experiment and learn by doing.

What is their commitment to the Young Person's Guarantee?

To help ensure young professionals hit by the impact of Covid-19 & unemployment can benefit from 1 year of professional development opportunities.

The commitment is to provide 6 fully funded membership places. This will give each successful applicant the benefit of 12 months of membership to JCI Manchester and the wider JCI UK network. Applicants can choose how they want to engage with the network in terms of area of focus; personal development, community, business and/or international.

The memberships have been kindly supported by JCI corporate members:

  • Embryo
  • Brewin Dolphin
  • Hall Brown
  • JMW
  • Meyersons
  • Sedulo

Who can apply?

The commitment is open to any young people, over the age of 18, from across Greater Manchester. Applications are particularly welcome from any young professionals who are currently unemployed.

Is it for me?

JCI Manchester past president, Rachael Shah, has shared blogs on her learnings from being involved in JCI as a board member. This gives you a flavours of the practical skills you can learn.


More examples of training events and activities can be seen on the blog.

How do you apply?

A special application form has been set up here.


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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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