19 to 24 years old

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.

Salford City College open events

Thinking of visiting a college open evening? Get dates, times and further information.


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.

Courses available:

  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Electrical Installation
  • English GCSE
  • ESOL Adult Programmes
  • Functional English
  • Functional Maths
  • Maths GCSE
  • Plumbing
  • Skills For Plastering

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.

Courses available:

  • Animal Management
  • Animal nursing Assistant
  • Applied Science
  • Business Studies
  • Criminology
  • Equine Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Skills For Life
  • Sports
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Sports: Manchester United Leaders Football
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Uniformed Protective Services

The Skills for Life and Employment department at Eccles Sixth Form College provide a range of Pre-Entry, Entry and Level 1 courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our courses cater for students who have highly specialised support needs including peg feeding, tracheotomy maintenance, sensory impairment, profound mental health issues and degenerative life limiting conditions. Support is in built throughout these courses with a team of specially trained teaching staff and Support Assistants.

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.

Courses available:

  • AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Award in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Certificate in Accounting
  • AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Access to Professions in Business Management
  • Access to Professions in Computing and IT
    Access to Professions in Law and Criminology
  • Access to Professions in Psychology
  • Access to Professions in Social work and Social Sciences Diploma
  • English GCSE
  • ESOL
  • Essential digital Skills
  • Functional English
  • Functional Maths
  • Level 2 Counselling Concepts and Skills
  • Maths GCSE

Pendleton Sixth Form College (Salford City College Group)

Pendleton Sixth Form College offers a wide range of A-levels and vocational courses and specialises in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), creative arts and performing arts. 

Courses available in the following areas:

  • Access to Professions in Midwifery
  • Access to Professions in Nursing and Allied Health Care
  • Access to professions in Science
  • Art Foundation Diploma
  • Biology GCSE
  • Chemistry GCSE
  • Fashion and Textiles

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.

Courses available:

  • Acrylic Nails and Gel Nails
  • Barbering and Cutting Skills
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Business Studies
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Years Childcare
  • English GCSE
  • Entry to Professions in Health and Social Care
  • Functional English
  • Functional Maths
  • Hairdressing
  • Maths GCSE
  • Media Make-up

Apprenticeships at Salford City College

The Apprenticeship Team are currently offering:

  • One to one appointments
  • CV support
  • Apprenticeship guidance
  • Careers advice
  • Maths and English assessments
  • Virtual appointments by request with any of candidates, parents and services.

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:

  • Business
  • Professional and financial services
  • Construction and the built environment
  • Education and early years
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Hair and beauty

University Centre at Salford City College

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:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Certificate in Education
  • Computing HND
  • Construction
  • Animal Management HND
  • Media Make-up Artistry BA (hons)
  • Media Production
  • Media Production BA (Hons)
  • Preforming Arts
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)


Adult courses (Salford City College Group)

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:

  • Accounting, Bookkeeping
  • Access to Professions in Business Management
  • Access to Professions in computing and IT
  • Access to Professions in Law and Criminology
  • Access to Professions in Midwifery
  • Access to Professions in Nursing and Allied Health Care
  • Access to Professions in Psychology
  • Access to Professions in Science
  • Access to Professions in Social Work and Social Sciences
  • Acrylic Nails and Gel Nails
  • Art Foundation Diploma
  • Barbering and Cutting Skills
  • Biology GCSE
  • Business
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Chemistry GCSE
  • Electrical Installation
  • English GCSE
  • Entry to Professions in Health and Social Care
  • ESOL Adult Programmes
  • Essential Digital Skills
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Functional English
  • Functional Maths
  • Hairdressing
  • Counselling Concepts and Skills
  • Maths GCSE
  • Plumbing
  • Skills for Plastering

Community Learning at Salford City College

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

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 Community College

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

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

Bury College offers A Levels, T Levels, Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships.
University Courses are also available at Bury.

Manchester College

As the largest Further Education College in the UK, The Manchester College offers courses from Entry Level through to Level 7.

Loreto College

Loreto is a Catholic 6th Form College, offering predominantly A Level and BTEC courses.

Xaverian College

Xaverian is a Catholic Sixth Form College offering a very wide range of A-Levels in addition to several BTEC courses.

Access Creative College

Access Creative College is the place for young people who want to follow their passion for a career in the creative industries.

University of Salford

A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Salford.

University of Manchester

A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University

A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Manchester.

University of Bolton

A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level apprenticeship opportunities in Bolton.


Kickstart Placements

Kickstart is a six month paid job with a local employer. Funded by Government, Kickstart provides young people with an opportunity to gain experience and skills by working with a range of employers across the UK.

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

We are also here to help, so if you want more information about Kickstart, and particularly the opportunities we have here at Salford City Council and with our partner organisations, then please get in touch.

To register your interest or for more information please email sebastian.young@salford.gov.uk or david.timperley@salford.gov.uk

Help to Find Work for Universal Credit Claimants

Help for UC Claimants, aged 18 to 24, to find a job, work-related training or an apprenticeship though the Youth Offer has been published on GOV.UK.

Supported internship

Supported internships are structured study programmes specifically designed for young people aged 16-24 with Education, Health and Care plans (or statements of SEN).

Find a Job

Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. Use the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for jobs. (This service has replaced Universal Jobmatch).

Greater Jobs

Search and apply for full and part time vacancies across Greater Manchester.

Access to Work

Get support in work if you have a disability or health condition.

Enterprising You

Enterprising You helps 18+ who are self-employed or running their own business and keen to grow. 

The services on offer are:

  • One to one support from a Business Coach
  • 24/7 integrated digital platform
  • Peer mentoring from people with experience of running a business
  • Personal finance support
  • Co-working sites across Greater Manchester
  • Support for health and wellbeing issues
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • High quality skills development and training support

For more information, please call 0161 667 6900, email info@enterprising-you.co.uk or go to the Enterprising You website.

Salford Employment Hub

Salford Employment Hub 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 237 4176.


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.

Not Going To Uni

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 Work Experience

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

Skills and Work Team

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 Greater Manchester

Employ GM have a range of service available to help you get into work.

  • Creating, updating and tailoring your CV
  • Applying for jobs and marketing yourself online
  • Preparing for interviews

0161 237 4121 for support searching for work.

0161 393 6473 for careers advice and guidance.

Salford Health Works

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 shwenquiries@salford.gov.uk

Prince’s Trust

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

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 enquiries@salfordfoundation.org.uk

Information advice and guidance

Wai Yin Society

Wai Yin Society has been supporting, empowering and working in partnership with Chinese individuals and families for over 25 years. Currently there are three bases in Manchester: our Swan Street Headquarters which provides services for children, young people and families, and also hosts our Learning Centre, which caters for about 70% Chinese learners and 30% other BME learners; we have the Sheung Lok Centre which provides the services for older Chinese people and for older Somali women. The Welcome Centre, which is situated in the centre of Cheetham Hill provides English classes, IT classes, work club, welfare advice, free lunches and food parcels distribution to the most in need, gardening classes to grow your own food, arts and craft classes, and job search support to the local residents in Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall areas.


Essential support for under 25s on:

  • Sex and relationships
  • Your body, mental health
  • Drink and drugs
  • Housing
  • Money
  • Work and study
  • Crime and safety
  • Travel and lifestyle

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation

'Youth Voices', is an online programme offering a range of free sessions, workshops and training for young people aged 14 to 21 from across Greater Manchester and the UK. 

These free online sessions take place daily from Monday to Friday at different times, however, all sessions are repeated each month from September to December. You can choose the sessions they are interested in, create your own schedule, and complete selected sessions at your own individual pace. 

If taken together as part of a journey, the sessions will build understanding of social action and you will gain confidence in using the various tools and media at your disposal. 

The Express Yourself workshops in Spoken Word, Smart Phone Filmmaking and Podcasting will guide young people to produce their own impactful campaign pieces to share as part of a national Hope2020 campaign in November and December 2020 alongside partners The Co-op. 

Salford Connexions Service

Information and guidance for young people on careers, jobs, courses and local training.

Email salford@careerconnect.org.uk or call 0161 393 4500 to make an appointment to see/speak to an advisor or contact them on Facebook or Twitter

My World of work

Learn more about yourself, explore your options and find the career that's right for you.

Uni and Me

Uni and Me guide and other useful student resources on GM Higher website.

National Apprenticeships Service

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.

GM Higher - my student journey

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

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.

DWP - Jobcentre

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.

Banana Enterprise Network

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.

Broughton Trust

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.

National Careers Service

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.

Financial support

Mustard Tree

Mustard Tree helps people to change their lives, secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing. Our focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness.

Mustard Tree provides food and resources to help make a home through their Community Shops, and offer creative programmes to aid recovery and encourage aspiration. Call 0161 228 7331 or email information@mustardtree.org.uk 

Useful links

Mustard Tree – Clothing and household items fund

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.

Salix Homes

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:

  • Digital Grants
  • Community grants
  • Work grants
  • Micro grants
  • Training grants
  • Business Start Up grants
  • Business Self Employed Work grants

Prince’s Trust Development Fund

Help for Young People - Get funding towards:

  • Travel
  • ID
  • Clothes
  • Birth certificates
  • College equipment
  • IT equipment
  • Training courses

Email: greatermanchester@princes-trust.org.uk

Hamilton Davies Trust

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:

  • Safety clothing
  • Equipment
  • Tools
  • Travel
  • Training costs

Big Local

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.

Shine Trust

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.

Catch 22

  • Expenses for travel, interview and work wear
  • Fund DBS if this leads to an individual starting work
  • Funding for training and learning programmes that may increase employment opportunities

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.

Salford Assist

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 salfordassist@salford.gov.uk

Student finance

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.

COVID-19: guidance for employees

The government guidance for employees page contains advice on:

  • Going to work
  • Staying at home
  • Sick pay
  • Furloughed workers
  • Claiming benefits

Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit

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.

Struggling to pay your council tax

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.

Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service

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.

Citizens Advice

It's important to make sure that you get all the help that you're entitled to. These pages give you information on:

  • benefits
  • tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran 
  • council tax
  • housing costs
  • national insurance
  • payment of benefits
  • problems with benefits

Universal Credit helpline

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:

  • If you’re in work and not claiming benefits
  • If you’re already claiming benefits
  • Changes to jobcentre appointments
  • Changes to health assessments
  • Changes to how much you’ll get
  • If you’re self-employed
  • Changes to your earnings
  • If you’re making a new claim
  • If you’re an employer

National Debt Line

National Debtline is a charity.

They give free and independent advice over the phone on 0808 808 4000 or online.

Stepchange Debt Charity

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.

Money Helper Service

  • Free and impartial money advice, set up by government
  • Advice and guides to help improve your finances
  • Tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead
  • Support over the phone and online

Better Off Salford

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.

Emotional health

Crisis Lines in Greater Manchester

If you feel you need mental health support, please contact one of these 24/7 crisis lines - they're available to anyone of any age.

  • Salford, Manchester, Trafford and Rochdale - 0800 953 0285 (freephone)
  • Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop - 0800 014 9995 (freephone)
  • Wigan - 0800 051 3253 (freephone)

If there's an immediate risk of danger to life, you should ring 999.

Quell (age 25+ but younger adults can access if they wish)

Quell offers a variety of safe and anonymous online support and counselling options which can be accessed for free, with no waiting lists and you don’t need a referral. There’s online messaging, booked or drop-in chats, community support and emotional wellbeing resources along with personal development tools. All the staff are based in the UK, and have a variety of professional experience, so you can be sure to find someone to talk to about your specific needs.

Shining a Light on Suicide

Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, we’ll help you get the advice and support you need.


Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life?

For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK.

They’re open 9am to 12am (midnight) every day of the year.

Call: 0800 068 4141 or email: pat@papyrus-uk

HOPELINK allows young people to work confidentially with HOPELINEUK’s trained suicide prevention advisers, empowering them to create, helping to keep them safe when they have thoughts of suicide and help users create, adapt and amend their own care plans.

Time to Talk Next Steps

The programme supports young people with additional needs aged 16-25 years with confidence building and motivation for the future. This programme is specifically designed to reach young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future post COVID-19. Young people can access peer support, online one to one sessions and get involved in coproducing training for professionals. The project is being delivered in partnership with national disability charity, Contact, who provide support, information and workshops for parents and carers on transition to adulthood.

Able Futures - mental health during lockdown

Able Futures deliver the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the department for work and pensions. They have recognised that the idea of facing winter, loneliness, parenting responsibilities, changes, loss or bereavement could be affecting any of us at the start of 2021. Everyone is feeling different about the latest lockdown, so here are just a few things that may be on your mind which advice and guidance at no cost from Able Futures could help you with. Read more about Able Futures.

Partners in Salford - Emotional Health Service Directory

Directory of all Emotional Health and Wellbeing services for Children and Young People.

Partners in Salford - national helplines

Helplines and support for children and young people.

Partners in Salford - information, advice and support

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

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.

Silver Cloud

Online programmes to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or to build resilience. You can choose to use any of the programmes. They are self-help, confidential and secure.

How it works…

  1. Start with a short quiz to find the right path for you. Take two minutes to answer a seven-question multiple choice Wellbeing Quiz.
  2. Select a programme and sign up. Select the 'Sign up' button and access programs which are proven to help you feel better.
  3. Learn and practice for up to one hour per week. On your homepage you can see the modules in your program. We suggest you complete one module per week.

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.


MindEd is a free educational resource suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers.

  • For Professionals and Volunteers - This is for you if you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers.
  • For Parents and Carers - Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information
  • For Older People - Are you concerned about the mental health of an older family member, parent or grandparent? Or are you concerned about your own mental health as you get older?

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Provides support with:

  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Inpatient services (Meadowbrook and Woodlands)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Memory Assessment Treatment service (MATS)
  • Crisis Resolution Home Treatment
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis
  • Day opportunities
  • Psychology

START in Salford Arts Project

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.

Self Help Services e-therapy

This service offers online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), such as Beating the Blues 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

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.

Safe in Salford

Safe in Salford 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

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.

42nd Street Online

  • Online Support - Free online support, giving you weekly one-to-one support with an allocated worker to help you through tough times.
  • Groups - Free and informal online groups, designed to provide practical help and information about key issues you might be struggling with in your life.


Shout is a 24/7 crisis text messaging service you can send a text message any time of day or night wherever you are – every conversation is with a real person.

Just text SHOUT to 85258

  • You don’t need an app or data and there’s no registration process (its free on all major mobile networks)
  • For anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere
  • It’s silent and won’t appear on your phone bill
  • Confidential and anonymous
  • SHOUT 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

Young Minds is a place to get help and support children and young people's mental health.

  • Your Guide to support - your guide to CAMHS, who's who in mental health services and who you can call if you need to talk to someone.
  • Feelings and symptoms - abuse, anger, body image, bullying, eating problems, exam stress, grief and loss, problems at school, self-harm, sleep problems, suicidal feelings
  • Looking after yourself – asking for help, racism, coronavirus, social media, believe in yourself, asking for help, taking time out, friends and family, drugs and alcohol, young carers, looking after yourself at Uni 
  • For parents - worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health? You're not alone.


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.

Anna Freud

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 Autistic Society

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.

National Autistic Society (Transition)

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.

Contact - the organisation for families with disabled children

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 families with disabled children

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.

Training and apprenticeships


Apprenticeships at Salford City College

The Apprenticeship Team are currently offering:

  • One to one appointments
  • CV support
  • Apprenticeship guidance
  • Careers advice
  • Maths and English assessments
  • Virtual appointments by request with any of candidates, parents and services.

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:

  • Business
  • Professional and financial services
  • Construction and the built environment
  • Education and early years
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Hair and beauty

Become An Apprentice:

Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available, which employers offer them and information about starting your apprenticeship.

Search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.

Amazing Apprenticeships:

Everything you need to know about apprenticeships from learning about the benefits of being an apprentice to exploring the current vacancies.

Growth Co offer a huge range of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for people of all ages. As well as practically based training, they also offer a wide range of classroom-based courses designed to cater for all levels and all ages.

Apprenticeships are designed with progression in mind so you can move on to advanced apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships and, in some occupations, on to higher education.


Mustard Tree

Mustard Tree helps people to change their lives, secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing. Our focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness. Since 1994 we have created opportunities for people to help themselves through providing practical support, friendship, connections into work and improvements to health and wellbeing.

Mustard Tree provides food and resources to help make a home through their Community Shops, and offer creative programmes to aid recovery and encourage aspiration. Call 0161 228 7331 or email information@mustardtree.org.uk 

Useful links

Time to update your skills?

Whether you’re looking for a new job, to change your career or making the most of opportunities during furlough, you can get help to update your skills for free. 

There are many free courses online – from mastering PowerPoint to learning Coding. And there’s help brushing up numeracy if that helps too.

Total Training Provision

Total Training Provision offers a variety of different courses, so whether you are looking for employment, wanting to develop your skills further or need further education to get that dream job, we are here to provide you with the tools you need to succeed.

The eligibility for the short courses:

  • Must be 19 or over (as of 31 August)
  • Lived in the UK/EU for three years
  • Must not be in government funded learning
  • Must commit to completing the learning in eight weeks


Improve your wellbeing with a blended learning course.

Back on Track is an in-person and online building confidence and wellbeing course, in a secure and encouraging environment. You’ll receive tailored and bespoke training, you will learn techniques to cope with change and overcome current barriers, including money management modules. Develop skills around using Skype and other online platforms and provide you with a new renewed confidence, to get you back on track. You will achieve a national recognised on accredited qualification

Other courses available:

Starter courses

Six week courses that cover a whole range of subjects: art, photography, drama, music, basic cooking and loads more. These courses are first step into learning and are often a stepping stone onto further training. They are designed to be interactive, useful and fun!

Training programmes

Our training programmes give people an opportunity to learn about jobs in fields such as catering and hospitality and health and social care. They run for two days a week for six weeks, normally on Thursday and Friday. They include visits by local employers and work placements.

Enterprise courses

Our enterprise courses are for people interested in making, buying and selling. Groups work together to research, plan, develop, price, package and sell a product on a Back on Track market stall. The course always finishes by running a real market stall, selling to the public.

Digital skills

Knowing how to use technology is so important these days. We all need to know the difference between an app, a tweet and a tablet! We show people basic computer and internet skills, and how to make the most of devices like phones and tablets. People can also learn skills for work like word processing and the basics of Excel and Access.

Basic skills

We run English and Maths courses that help people overcome the barriers that poor basic skills present in everyday life and work.  Basic skills courses are for people who want to be more confident with reading, writing and maths.  In English we help people improve their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. In maths we show people how to apply maths in everyday tasks like shopping, measuring and managing money.

Talk English - Salford City Council

Free English classes for beginners based in Salford. Contact Suzannah Redmond, email suzannah.redmond@salford.gov.uk or call 07754239939.


Refresh your skills and Restart your career with tailored Functional Skills, Maths and English qualifications from Entry Level up to Level 2.

The courses are taught remotely by specialist tutors with some attendance required at our Manchester centre for revision and exams.

For more information please contact Claire Donohue at Standguide on 0161 8814826 (Option 5)


Barclays Connect with Work

A fully-funded employment programme that supports individuals who have faced barriers to work, into a job or apprenticeship.

Call 0203 700 0381 or email employability@catch-22.org.uk

The Broughton Trust

The Broughton Trust has a range of online and classroom based courses in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • ESOL
  • Counselling
  • Health and Social Care
  • Employability Skills for a changing workplace
  • Mindfulness
  • Look Good Feel Good
  • Confidence Building
  • Safety in the Work Place
  • Personal Learning and Development
  • CSCS course (This is not an online course and therefore everyone must adhere to NEW COVID-19 rules as a part of this course)

For more information on learning and training opportunities, email lib@thebroughtontrust.org.uk or call 0161 831 9807

All candidates applying must be eligible to work in the UK with at least one formal proof of identification and must have their own bank account.

To apply email dean.hughes@thebroughtontrust.org.uk or office@thebroughtontrust.org.uk or call Graham on 07850005640.

Prince’s Trust

Aimed at everyone - a COVID-19 Support Hub which provides resources on education, well-being, money problems, work-related skills and so on.

Princes Trust: Digital Skills

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:

  • Innovation: Come up with your next big idea and prototype it
  • Social marketing: Make the most of it for you, your career, community or business
  • Web presence: Make the web work for you
  • Cyber security: Tips to make you safer online
  • AI: Artificial Intelligence and automation and how to make it work for you
  • Working with data: Understand and put to practice the fundamentals of data research, collation and analysis

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.

Microsoft Digital Edge programme

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:

  • Understanding digital apprenticeships
  • An insight into the digital and technology sector
  • Awareness of the key employability skills
  • Tips on how to complete your tailored CV, cover letter and applications for the technology sector
  • Practice interview skills and techniques
  • Preparing future career goals

Corinth Training CIC

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 Training

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.

The Education and Skills Partnership

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

Evolve Academy is dedicated to providing first-class independent training in hairdressing and barbering across Greater Manchester.

The Training Brokers

The Training Brookers offer a range of courses to help you gain your confidence and progress towards a better future. Our courses include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Health and Social Care
  • Education sector
  • Personal development and Well Being
  • Counselling skills
  • Dignity and safeguarding in adult social care
  • Mental health awareness
  • Children and young people mental health
  • Dementia

Careers information and employability skills

Work Start

This is the place to jump start your career in the Northern Care Alliance.

Whether you need to find out more about work experience, pre-employment programmes, our Cadet T-Level scheme, opportunities to volunteer, our apprenticeship programme or becoming a career ambassador, the site provides visitors with a wealth of information and also links to other NHS wide sources that will help them to learn more about how to go about starting work in the health service.


Fastlaners is a free employment support programme for 18-24 year olds in the Greater Manchester area. Our ‘Fastlaners’ programme provides the opportunity for young people to meet directly with employers (virtually), gain a personal mentor for 12 months and have tailored CVs and application support plus build connections with like minded young people on the journey to employability.

Skills Toolkit: 'An Hour To Skill'

'An Hour To Skill' is a new campaign from the Department of Education (DfE) which aims to boost the nation's skills and job prospects. Learning can have a really positive benefit to our mental wellbeing and this campaign aims to promote learning as a way of keeping the mind healthy and active which is very important at this time.

The Skills Toolkit is an online platform giving access to more than 70 free, high-quality digital, numeracy and employability courses. By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, people can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost their job prospects and keep their mind active.


YourGamePlan’s mission is to ensure that every student has the confidence and support they need to make the best decision about their future when they leave school.

They believe soft and employability skills are paramount and guidance on improving these skills should be available to everyone, for free. They don’t charge schools or students for their services.

Students can get help with many things like building a cv, career planning, assertiveness, learn how to deal with difficult people and situations, learn how to deal with conflict in the workplace and much more.

Schools can utilise their:

  • Free digital training for your students to gain employability and transferable skills.
  • Partnership courses with leading UK employers in key industries.
  • Giving your students the knowledge and clarity to make the right career choices for them.
  • All courses certified by the CPD.

Employers, Careers readiness starts early, and helping students build the skills and confidence to secure a meaningful career will create a lasting impression.

  • Build Confidence - Build brand affinity from an early stage
  • Learn About Careers - Educate student about careers in your industry
  • Gain Experience - Give them the confidence to apply for your jobs

Top tips if you have a remote interview

We are all living through extraordinary times that have brought major changes to our way of life. We are also having to adapt to new ways of working and recruiting. As a local authority we have a duty to ensure that we maintain essential services for the community we serve. Therefore, we are continuing our recruitment efforts into key areas, aided by technology.

National Careers Service

Find out about careers that might be right for you by taking one of our assessments.

Digital CVs

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 georgia.boland@salford.gov.uk

Example CV (Microsoft Word format, 33kb)

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.

National Literacy Trust

Send in your CV to get feedback from industry experts

You will need:

  • Access to a phone, tablet or computer
  • An email address

What do you need to do?

  • Download our CV writing tips and templates and employability and skills checklist.
  • Use one of the templates to draft or update your CV.
  • Send your CV as a word document to wfw@literacytrust.org.uk
  • We'll pass it on to our industry experts who'll give you professional feedback!


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 Traineeship

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.

Catch 22

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. 

Amazing Apprenticeships

Lots of resources and information if you want to become an apprentice. Also:

  • 50 Amazing Apprenticeships Support Activities
  • ASK Digital
  • Online Resources

Primary Engineer Highlights

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.

Prince's Trust

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.

The National Literacy Trust: Female Book Club

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.

National Careers Service

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.

This page was last updated on 6 September 2023

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