Employment and skills

If you would like support to develop your skills and gain employment, or assistance with your CV and interview skills, our Employment and Skills team is here to help you.   

How we can help

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, currently unemployed, wanting to change career, or are looking to get back into work after a career break, we can help. We work with a wide range of people from aged 18 upwards, whatever stage they are on their employment and career journey.

Our employment and skills service is available to One Manchester customers. We offer a dedicated one-to-one employment support service to help you find employment that meets your needs.

The team offers support in a range of areas including CV writing, job searching, job application writing, finding work placements and volunteering opportunities, interview preparation, confidence building, and help finding and completing training programmes. As part of our employment and skills service, you will benefit from support from one of our friendly Employment Mentors who will work with you to achieve your career goals. All our Employment Mentors are qualified to deliver accredited training and advice, and they have lots of experience in employability advice and guidance.

Come along to an employment and skills centre near you

Did you know we run employment and skills support sessions at community centres local to you?  

Our Employment and Skills team is here to help you build your skills and get valuable employment.

Come along to one of our employment and skills support sessions at your local community centre, and access support from one of our Employment Mentors. Our mentors who will work with you to achieve your career goals.  

There is plenty of support available at our two drop-in centres:

• Receive support applying for jobs

• Get help with job searching

• Find out about local employers that we work with

• Get careers advice

• Use our computers for free

• Complete online training

• Sign up for employment training programmes 

You can access support from the team by calling in to one of our employment and skills centres, where you can use our free laptops and access support from our Employment Mentors who will be on hand to help.

We currently have centres at the Place at Platt Lane and the Work Shop in Moss Side, and will be opening a number of new centres in the coming months. 

During Spring 2023, we’ll be launching our employment and skills services at Gorton Hub. Keep your eye out for more information on this coming soon.

Find out about our centre opening times below.

Working wardrobe

Our Working Wardrobe service is here to help local men to find the right interview outfit. Our friendly team offer one to one appointments, where you will get to try on a range of outfits and choose one that is right for you and your upcoming interview. The service is completely free and you will get to keep your outfit after your interview.

Please note that we are a charity and rely on donations of clothing. The clothing is a mix of new and pre-loved items which have been donated from individuals and businesses across Manchester. Everything is freshly laundered before being offered. Although we have a good stock of quality items, we cannot guarantee we will have everything you are looking for.

Case studies

Colleague at Quattro

Matrix Accreditation

At One Manchester, we’re proud to be a Matrix Accredited provider of information, advice and or guidance (IAG).

Our Employment and Skills team achieved the accreditation in 2023, demonstrating the high quality of information and advice services we provide to our service users. The Matrix Accreditation is an international quality standard recognised by the Department for Education’s as the standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance.

Support for employers

We also provide support for Manchester-based businesses by helping them to recruit new staff, develop existing staff, and collaborate, all of which help make a positive impact on the organisation and our communities. We also offer a variety of employment support, giving businesses the opportunity to diversify their workforce. 

For interested businesses, you will receive dedicated support from our Employer Engagement Lead. For more information, please contact us using our contact form.