Employment, education and skills

Finding a job or getting new skills can be a concern for some armed forces service leavers.

Help for young people

The careers, information, advice and guidance service for young people in Salford can help people aged 13 to 24, and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The ultimate aim of the service is to support targeted groups of young people to enter into sustainable and appropriate employment as young adults.

Help for adults in Salford aged 25 to 64

The Skills and Work service provides effective information, advice and guidance that enables people and families at greatest risk of poverty and poor outcomes to improve their household income, move into, or make progress towards, employment including self-employment.

National Careers Service (NCS)

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help individuals make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. NCS provides a national website and helpline service to anyone aged 13 and over.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus has one of Britain's largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly. Thousands of new jobs are available every week.

Universal Jobmatch is one of the UK's largest jobsites and will make searching for a job easier by automatically matching a jobseeker's CV and skills to jobs that suit their needs.

Salford Futures - work experience and pre-employment training and support

Salford Futures will provide candidates with a structured programme of support, including an induction for between two and four weeks, depending on the individual's skill requirements.

In addition, candidates will be given the opportunity to undertake a flexible work experience placement for up to ten weeks and will be able to undertake a range of employability skills and qualifications in their chosen vocational area.

Salford City College

Salford City College offer a wide range of further and higher education courses along with leisure learning and industry courses.

University of Salford

Visit the University of Salford website to view available courses.

Service Personnel Transition Programme

The universities of Chester and Salford are working with the NHS and the MOD to support the transition of military veterans back into civilian life in a variety of ways.

This programme of support is for both the veteran and their family members and provides guidance in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Education 
  • Apprentice schemes

For further information and to discuss individual or family needs and aspirations, please contact:

Professor Mike Thomas
University of Chester
Telephone: 01244 511691
Email: m.thomas@chester.ac.uk

Dr Celia Hynes
University of Salford
Telephone: 0161 295 2784 or 0777 303 3869

The Training Brokers Ltd

The Training Brokers Ltd offers training in apprenticeships, accredited training, short courses, bespoke training and consultancy. Some is funded or part-funded in different locations to suit individual's needs.

For further information, contact Esu Hill on 0161 972 4001 or email esu@thetrainingbrokers.co.uk.

Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership provides employment support to any one that has served in the armed forces and this includes early service leavers.

Services include CV writing advice and access to their website where they have local employers advertising vacancies and can provide networking contacts for specific industries. For further information, contact:

Kris Caine
Employment Consultant
Astley House
Tenth Floor
23 Quay Street
M3 4AE

Telephone: 0161 833 9724
Email: kcaine@ctp.org.uk

The Royal British Legion (RBL)

The RBL offers career advice for people leaving the armed forces. This is mostly available via their Civvy Street website which is designed to help ex-armed forces adjust to life on Civvy Street and kick-start a new career. The site includes information on:

  • Starting your own business (see Be the Boss below)
  • Employment support funding
  • Training and CV writing

New Enterprise Allowance scheme

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact Jobcentre Plus to apply or find out more.

Volunteering in Salford

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding. Contact the Volunteer Centre Salford to find out what's available.

Volunteer Centre Salford
Salford CVS
The Old Town Hall
5 Irwell Place

Telephone: 0161 787 7795
Email: volunteer@salfordcvs.co.uk

Thinking of starting a business?

Salford City Council's business team help new and existing businesses access the full range of support available including key council services such as planning, licensing and business rates. Our aim is to make Salford an attractive and prosperous business destination. We work in partnership with a range of public and private sector partners to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship
  • Encourage new business start-ups
  • Sustain and grow existing businesses
  • Attract inward investment to the city


X-Forces supports service leavers and their families to start up businesses across the UK with government backed start up loans, mentoring and support.


Ex-forces and their family members, veterans, reservists, cadets, emergency services, police, fire.

They can also support businesses ran by eligible clients that have been trading less than two years.

Programme of support

A dedicated Business Advisor will provide 1-2-1 support developing a robust business plan and loan application, and introduce you to other networks of support and resources.

Further information

For further information please contact:

Sarah Ryan, NW Business Advisor
Telephone: 07815 539486
Email: sarah.ryan@X-forces.com

Or see the X-Forces website.

Free training

Forces Former Support offer free employment training (such as gaining a forklift licence), life skills and social inclusion. To find out about future training and projects, subscribe on their website with your email address. 

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This page was last updated on 31 August 2016

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