Are you looking for a new job, an apprenticeship or unsure what to do next?
Although it might feel tougher than usual there are still a wide range of options for you to consider. The most important thing is that you get some advice and guidance and choose your next step based on your likes and aspirations for the future.
The following links are here as a guide to help you with these next steps. There is information related to education and training in Salford from local colleges and training providers who offer apprenticeships, information on how to find your next job, advice and guidance, financial information including travel passes and mental health support for those who are feeling worried.
Click on the different sections to take you to each area, if you cannot find what you are looking for then please contact the Skills and Work Team via the online form, email SAWHelpline@salford.gov.uk or call the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000.
The Salford City College Group consists of several colleges across Salford, these are detailed below.
City Skills (Salford City College Group)
City Skills support students in their next steps, the pastoral and careers teams work with students at the college to facilitate pathways on to apprenticeships, higher education and into employment.
Eccles Sixth Form College (Salford City College Group)
Eccles Sixth Form College offers an extensive range of vocational subjects, a wealth of enrichment activities, specialised careers advice, and a comprehensive programme of support and personal development so that all students can flourish both academically and as individuals.
FutureSkills at MediaCityUK (Salford City College Group)
FutureSkills at MediaCityUK is a well-established centre of excellence for young people who wish to pursue a career in creative and digital industries.
Pendleton Sixth Form College (Salford City College Group)
Pendleton Sixth Form College offers a range of A-levels and vocational courses and specialises in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and performing arts.
Courses available in the following areas:
Worsley College (Salford City College Group)
Worsley College supports students in their next steps. The outstanding curriculum, pastoral, and careers team, work with students at the college to facilitate pathways onto apprenticeships, higher education, and into employment.
Apprenticeships at Salford City College
The Apprenticeship Team are currently offering:
All candidates will then progress into our recruitment talent pool where our team of advisors ensure they are supported and prepared, ready to be placed into apprenticeships as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please call 0161 631 5555.
Apprenticeship programmes are available in the following sectors:
The University Centre, based in MediaCityUK, offers a wide range of university-level courses, from HNC/Ds to Degrees, plus teacher training courses, to help everyone achieve their future career goals.
Courses available in the following areas:
Salford City College Group offers a wide variety of adult courses in a broad range of curriculum areas at all levels across the city. Whether you are looking to learn something new, upskill, return to education, or you are interested in a new career, they are there to help you develop and build upon your skills and knowledge.
Courses available in the following areas:
Community Learning courses are held across Salford each term for residents aged 19 or over, who have been out of education for a long time and want a stepping stone to possible future employment, volunteering or training.
Mostly aimed at beginners, they offer a relaxed introduction to a wide range of skill areas, from maths, English and IT through to health and social care, counselling, criminology, customer service, finding a job, and ‘Look Good, Feel Good’, to name but a few.
IT courses are held in libraries citywide, and aim to equip adults of all ages who missed out on the digital revolution with the basic skills needed to participate with confidence in the digital society, which is so important for everything from paying your council tax online, to keeping in touch virtually with friends and family.
Trafford College offers a wide range of options from traditional courses to new T Levels which combine classroom learning with extended industry placements. Trafford College also offers Apprenticeships.
Bolton College offers a wide range of options from traditional courses to new T Levels which combine classroom learning with extended industry placements. Bolton College also offers Apprenticeships.
Wigan and Leigh College offer a wide range of courses from Creative Arts to Engineering, Hairdressing to Motor Vehicle. Whatever you are interested in, see if they have a course for you.
Bury College offers A Levels, T Levels, Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships.
University Courses are also available at Bury.
As the largest Further Education College in the UK, The Manchester College offers courses from Entry Level through to Level 7.
Loreto is a Catholic 6th Form College, offering predominantly A Level and BTEC courses.
Xaverian is a Catholic Sixth Form College offering a very wide range of A-Levels in addition to several BTEC courses.
Access Creative College is the place for young people who want to follow their passion for a career in the creative industries.
Be college ready - GM Higher have provided some useful links about preparing for your time at college. Click the links below to visit their website and read their tips and tricks.
A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Salford.
A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Manchester.
A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Manchester.
A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Bolton.
SEARCH offers a tailored 'one stop' offer on behalf of Salford City Council's Employer Engagement Partnership, in order to connect local people and businesses to opportunities in Salford. Call 0161 743 3662.
Offers essential advice about which sectors are recruiting now, transferable skills and how to secure a new role.
The latest student jobs, part time jobs, temporary jobs, internships and graduate jobs.
If you want an opportunity other than University, Not Going To Uni is a national site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs.
Salford Futures provides support to unemployed Salford residents through the provision of work experience placements and pre-employment training and support. Email SalfordFutures@salford.gov.uk
The Skills and Work team, at Salford City Council, collaborate with partners to support the skills, employment, education and training needs of the community. Email SAWhelpline@salford.gov.uk
Employ GM have a range of service available to help you get into work.
0161 237 4121 for support searching for work.
0161 393 6473 for careers advice and guidance.
Salford Health Works is a locally run programme that supports people in Salford aged 18-65. They work in partnership to help people to make positive and lasting changes to their lifestyles that will improve their health and wellbeing.
They offer health and wellbeing support and support to move into employment.
Call 0161 603 6847 or email email@example.com
The Prince's Trust helps 11 to 30 year olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The aim is to give individuals the skills, tools, training and confidence needed to get an apprenticeship or paid work. Call 0800 842 842.
Salford Foundation offers employment and training to young people and adults across Greater Manchester to help them access employment opportunities and improve their career prospects. Call 0161 787 8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information advice and guidance
Information and guidance for young people on careers, jobs, courses and local training.
Learn more about yourself, explore your options and find the career that's right for you.
Uni and Me guide and other useful student resources on GM Higher website.
National website listing apprenticeships. Search and apply based on location, distance, keywords and levels.
Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with flexible online courses.
Careers information and tools for 11 to 19 year olds, all in one place. Look at your pathways and choices at 14, 16 and 18.
Do the buzz quiz, put in your likes and dislikes and look over the information it suggests.
Everything in one place - a wide range of resources to help you explore the benefits of Higher Education and how to get there. Online resources, events, activities and information for parents and carers.
GM Higher resources cover a range of topics areas such as budgeting, wellbeing, revision skills, and study skills.
They also signpost to resources from our partners and other education providers.
Visit Find a job - from the department of work and pensions, if you are looking for a full or part-time job, or even some temporary work. Help and support is also available for people seeking employment.
Offer pre-business start up and pre-social enterprise training and education programmes as well as one to one support to low income families, including single parents and unemployed.
The Trust provides adult learning, youth work, employment support and community development across the city.
Empowering people and bringing them together through community projects, events, training and support.
Motiv8 supports people aged over 25 across Greater Manchester who need support to get their lives back on track - whether you are experiencing issues with health, alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, debt, homelessness or other challenges.
Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Use the career tools to help you with your choices on careers, training and work. Whatever your situation, there's something to help.
Who can apply?
You are eligible to apply if you:
Agencies and practitioners working with you (for example: your teacher, youth worker, mentor, parent or legal guardian) can apply on your behalf.
Please note: priority will be given to applicants under 21.
Friday 10 August from 1pm to 4pm Meet our youth panel and get the opportunity to apply for our youth fund.
Whether you’re an apprentice who’s after some new tools for the trade, or a youth club in desperate need for some new equipment, we’d urge you to apply to the Boost4Youth fund.
Salix Homes has launched our Boost4Youth fund, offering grants of up to £500 a time to help fund youth projects or initiatives that will directly help young people living in Salford. Applicants don’t have to be a Salix Homes tenant, but the project must benefit young people aged up to 17 living in Salix Homes neighbourhoods.
You can apply for a grant from Clarion Housing to get financial support to help improve your community, pay for training or to start your own business. We have a range of different grants to help you improve your skills, get your business idea off the ground or improve your local community. Take a look at the website for more information about the grants available to our customers:
Help for Young People - Get funding towards:
For Irlam and Cadishead young people, The Chris Stocks fund provides small value grants to support young people to develop their skills and benefit their future employability.
The fund targets people engaged in an apprenticeship, or a similar arrangement, to develop ‘hands on’ practical skills and examples of the type of trades supported so far include an apprenticeship in vehicle spray painting, vehicle panel beating, football, tattooing plus a beautician course.
Funding can be provided to support a variety of different items and costs associated with pursuing a particular trade including the following:
Do you live in the Little Hulton Big Local area and need funding towards starting up your own business, or expanding an existing one?
Does your business benefit the people living in the Little Hulton Big Local area and you need financial help? Contact us and see if we can offer you a grant.
Struggling financially and in need of clothing, furniture, household items or white goods - then Mustard Tree may be able to help.
Have an interview coming up and don’t have the appropriate clothing? Mustard Tree often receive donated items such as suits, men’s shirts, dresses and other various items which are useful for interviews.
Have an idea for a project to help disadvantaged children succeed at school and give then the best possible start to education in the Early Years?
We fund projects that build best practice in developing communication and language skills in nurseries, schools, and other childcare settings.
Looking for funding? SHINE offers targeted funding opportunities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
Lindsay Waite, Employment Advisor at Barclays Connect with Work can be contacted on 07782 208962.
Turn2Us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.
Turn2Us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.
If you find yourself without the finances to feed yourself or family or heat your home, help is available from Salford Assist.
The Salford City Council scheme offers short-term support to people who can’t meet their own or family’s basic needs because of a crisis, emergency or disaster.
Support is discretionary but could include help with baby items, essential furniture, gas and electricity or necessary documents for people who are homeless. Salford Assist can also signpost to debt, benefits and affordable energy advice.
Call 0800 952 1000 or email email@example.com
You may be able to borrow money to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs.
You might get extra money on top of this, for example if you’re on a low income, are disabled or have children.
The government guidance for employees page contains advice on:
If you are already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, payments will continue as normal. However, if anyone has a change in circumstances please complete our change in circumstances online form to update us.
If you have lost your job or aren’t getting paid and struggling to pay your council tax, please see our back on track pages where there is a wide range of support available.
For example, you may be entitled to help with your council tax through the council tax reduction scheme or we may be able to change or extend your payment plan.
We can help you work out what benefits and tax credits you are entitled to and argue your case at an appeal if you disagree with a decision. If you have debt problems we can help you draw up financial statements, negotiate with your creditors and represent you in court. Get more detail about the different ways you can contact us for welfare rights or debt advice.
It's important to make sure that you get all the help that you're entitled to. These pages give you information on:
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs.
Coronavirus and claiming benefits page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. It will continue to be updated. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus. On this page you can find information on:
National Debtline is a charity.
They give free and independent advice over the phone on 0808 808 4000 or online.
You can get free, confidential and expert debt advice online or over the phone.
We'll recommend the best debt solutions for your individual circumstances.
We'll support you while you deal with your debt problems, for as long as you need our help.
We also campaign on your behalf to reduce the risk of problem debt and the harm it causes.
Call 0800 138 1111.
BetterOff Salford website provides online information for people who live in Salford.
It shows you the benefits you are entitled to and will help you to apply for them online.
BetterOff also provides information on how to find and apply for jobs.
If you prefer to talk to someone to see if you can become better off, you can book an appointment to speak to a senior advisor from your local Gateway centre. They provide support on council tax, business rates and benefits or can put you in touch with a wide range of services that can help you such as housing and health and wellbeing.
Directory of all Emotional Health and Wellbeing services for Children and Young People.
NHS apps library for mental health.
Helplines and support for children and young people.
Children and young people may need additional support at some point in their lives and this is normal. Information and advice, or support from family and friends, usually helps. However, some children and young people may experience difficulties that are severe and chronic. They will need more specialist advice and support.
National mental health charity with over 125 local providers. MIND says 'We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.'
Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, Anxiety UK is here to help you and they're fully supported by an expert team of medical advisors.
SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through a helpline, Textcare and an online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.
These services are provided by a team of volunteers who undergo rigorous training and in many cases give hundreds of hours of their free time each year.
SANE's Caller Care service is led by professional staff and provides ongoing support to help people alleviate a crisis phase or get through difficult circumstances.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. There is someone to talk to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - Call free on 116 123.
Dad Matters is a Home-Start Project, based in Greater Manchester that aims to help dads have successful relationships with their families, and to support dads with anxiety, stress and mental health issues.
Dad Matters hope to get dads engaged with services that have traditionally been targeted at mums, and to train and support volunteer dads to work with the team.
How it works…
As you progress through the modules, you will find new exercises which can help you apply what you are learning to your own life and soon you will notice you are feeling better.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Additional resources from our partners in Greater Manchester.
The first service of its kind in suicide prevention, HOPELINK is led by the user – allowing vulnerable young people to create, update and revisit their suicide safety plan, helping to keep them safe when they have thoughts of suicide.
HOPELINK allows young people to work confidentially with HOPELINEUK’s trained suicide prevention advisers, empowering them to create, adapt and amend their own care plans.
MindEd is a free educational resource suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers.
Provides support with:
The creative activities at START have been successful in helping people overcome emotional difficulties and reach new heights. The opportunity to be creative acts as a social outlet for members as well as being a great way to learn new skills. It empowers them to express themselves more clearly and come to a better understanding of their place in the world and what they can achieve.
This service offers online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), such as Beating the Blues or Living Life to the Full and is very effective in helping people to overcome anxiety and/or depression.
It teaches you a wide range of CBT techniques via a computer and is clinically proven to help overcome issues related to low mood, anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Garden Needs is a mental wellbeing garden centre, a partnership project between Mind in Salford and Social Adventures.
Garden Needs is a place to come and make friends, commune with nature and learn some new skills. There are drop-ins and volunteering opportunities for people with experience of mental or emotional distress. You can even do a qualification in horticulture and help with landscaping and grounds maintenance work.
Rethink is a leading national mental health membership charity and works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. The website has information on a range of mental health needs from personality disorders through to schizophrenia.
Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Service (SIDASS) is part of the local charity Salford Women’s Aid, which offers a range of services to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
Mental health services specifically for young people
42nd Street is a charity based in Greater Manchester. We offer a range of individual therapeutic support, learning opportunities, groups and creative activities for young people, encouraging you to find your voice, develop new skills, have fun and demonstrate that you can manage your mental health and wellbeing to achieve your full potential.
Q42 is a pace for LGBTQ+ youth to meet, talk and grow friendships so that no young person has to feel isolated because of their sexuality or gender. It's a place where you can just be you.
It also has opportunities for LGBTQ+ talents to shine. For example podcasts, photography, art or many other ways.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
If you need advice or are just simply not feeling your best, then visit Kooth. It’s a free safe and anonymous place for young people to find support and counselling.
Young Minds is a place to get help and support children and young people's mental health.
Call 0800 1111 or visit their website online.
When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a one to one counsellor chat online.
You can also send us an email from your locker. We’ll try to answer this within a day, but sometimes it can take a little longer.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for ten to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.
Anna Freud provide a range of specialist types for support for children, young people and families, seeing them at the Centre, in schools and other settings.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Service Delivery Centre provides:
District Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in North Manchester, Central Manchester, South Manchester and Salford.
A range of targeted services within Manchester and Salford, often provided in partnership with other agencies (16-17 team, Child and Parent Service (CAPS), children with disabilities, emotional health in schools and Looked After Children Team).
Mental health services specifically for young people with SEND
National Autisic Society are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Their trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. Visit the website and you'll find services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.
Moving between different stages of life, such as school, college and work, is especially hard if you find change difficult, as many autistic people do.
The National Autistic Society can provide advice about strategies and support that can help during key life transitions – including starting or changing school, leaving school, and starting or leaving college or university.
The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a major coalition of more than 70 organisations campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families.
For every shape and size of family, whatever they need and whatever their child’s disability, Contact are here.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Apprenticeships and training
Aimed at everyone - a COVID-19 Support Hub which provides resources on education, well-being, money problems, work-related skills and so on.
This course with BuzzStart Academy is for 16 to 25 year olds, providing them with professional online training provision covering wide range of digital and soft skills. It will be delivered in a high-energy, experiential learning style and allow learners to feel more connected and confident whilst operating. Participants will gain an accredited certification in digital skills, while covering topics including:
Contact Phil: Phillip.Johnson@princes-trust.org.uk or text ‘Tech’ to 07425 632065.
What is an apprenticeship and how do they work? What does being an apprentice mean? Discover different apprenticeship types, get application hints and tips, and apply for vacancies.
Creative mini project for young people:
This programme is aimed at young people aged 18 to 25 who are interested in a digital apprenticeship.
The digital edge programme wants to give you free pre-apprenticeship training to launch your digital and technology career Supported by Microsoft, we offer a four-week pre-apprenticeship programme.
The free sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, covering:
Corinth Training is a community enterprise, a not for profit community training company based in Salford. We offer a range of free training courses and a job club to Salford residents aged 19 and over, irrespective of working or in receipt of benefits. We place our learners at the heart of what we do.
Back2Work Complete Training provide Pre-Employment Training throughout the UK. Pre-Employment Training works great as both a recruitment service for employers and an employment service for those who are unemployed. Back2Work Complete Training work closely with large employers and Job Centres across the UK to give job seekers an effective and free service to support them into employment.
Acacia Training is an Ofsted rated Good specialist training provider primarily as a health and social care training provider offering training in health and social care for apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships, mandatory training and work-based learning.
The Education and Skills Partnership are a training organisation that specialise in Apprenticeships, Commercial training such as Leadership and Management and also Employability which supports those that are unemployed and looking to get back into work.
Evolve Academy is dedicated to providing first-class independent training in hairdressing and barbering across Greater Manchester.
System Group are proud to specialise in the provision of intelligent training applications.
We deliver commercial, part funded and fully funded vocational training and are the leading training provider to the UK's logistics industry.
The Training Brookers offer a range of courses to help you gain your confidence and progress towards a better future. Our courses include:
Careers information and employability skills
Bored of a traditional Word document CV? Then why not try a CV using slides on PowerPoint? You can cover each section that a traditional CV has such as profile, education, work history, hobbies and so on, but also include images. For an example of a digital CV, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help creating a CV? An example of what you need to include can be downloaded. You should try to use a simple format, with text that is easy to read. Young people should try and keep it on one page where possible, and no more than two sides. Remember to think of all your strong qualities.
Send in your CV to get feedback from industry experts
You will need:
What do you need to do?
A brand new @ApprenticeTalks (Twitter handle) podcast is now available. Register your interest for season two of the Apprenticeship Podcast. Made by young apprentices to educate, inform and give insight into what it’s really like to be an apprentice. If you haven’t caught up with season one you can listen to it on Spotify and other major streaming sites.
Build Salford is a traineeship programme that supports young people get into apprenticeships within the construction sector. Here is a case study from Richie, a former trainee that talks about how Build Salford helped him gain employment with The Casey Group and his ambitions for the future.
One of our employer partners, John from The Casey Group, talks about how Build Salford has helped him as a business to grow apprentices. Build Salford Case Study: John Walmsley. You can also apply online.
Catch22 delivers high quality tailored employability programmes and can support young people to fund interview clothes, equipment, fees for training courses and other costs associated with funding and securing work.
Lots of resources and information if you want to become an apprentice. Also:
Lots of useful resources including some brilliant online interviews coming up for parents and young people to take part in at home, where you can meet an engineer, learn about their role and ask questions, live.
Our Explore programme offers you a mix of group activities and one-to-one support to develop the skills and confidence you need to move forward.
Starting with a five-day Access course, you’ll get the chance to do outdoor adventurous activities, as well as take part in a residential trip.
Once the Access course is complete, you can choose from lots of different activities from sports to drama and photography to cooking.
We’ll work with you to help reach your goals.
Explore is completely free. We’ll even throw in lunch and drinks throughout the day, and also cover your travel expenses.
National Literacy Trust has launched a free audio book club: Behind the Cover, for female students who are 16 and over.
Behind the Cover will be celebrating books written by bestselling writers who put women at the heart of their stories.
Every month throughout the summer term and summer holidays, students will receive a free audiobook, access to exclusive author content and engaging book club activities.
Students will then be able to join discussions about the book on Instagram @ZoneIn_Skills, using the hashtag #BehindtheCoverClub and submit a book review and a selection will be published every month.
Find a job that's right for you with advice on where to search, how to apply, CVs and interviews. You'll also get tips on how to find unadvertised vacancies by using your contacts.
Free skills building. Downloadable app to build a CV and apply for jobs/apprenticeships and so on.