What is Get Your Future Started?

Get Your Future Started (GYFS) is a combination of employability workshops and practical experiences. It gives young people aged 14 and over the opportunity to develop the key skills needed for the best chance of a successful start as they enter the world of work.

The GYFS key skills are ones that have been identified by employers as being important to a young person’s success as they join the workplace. 
The 8 key skills are:

Teamwork: the ability a group of people have to work well together
Communication: the systems and processes that are used to communicate or broadcast information
Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
Leadership: the act of influencing others to attain their goals individually or as a group
Presenting: an activity where a presenter presents his/her ideas, explains a process, provides information, or raises questions regarding a subject for public debate
Problem solving: the act or process of finding solutions to problems, especially by using a scientific or analytical approach
Money savvy: capable of dealing with expenditures, credit and other money matters
Goal setting: the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and the steps needed to get there

The GYFS key skills are developed through the activities in the workshops.

  1. What are employability skills?
  2. Personal presentation and workplace behaviour
  3. Identifying transferable skills
  4. Preparing for competency-based assessments and interviews
  5. Understanding the recruitment process
  6. CV workshop
  7. Money savvy – Spend it or Save it and money awareness
  8. Goal setting

GYGFS is a four workshop programme which aims to give students a better understanding of how climate change, sustainability and the environment will influence jobs for the future, and the impact on businesses as they work to achieve their carbon goals.

The GYFS and GYGFS workshops are a free resource to students in Year 9 to Year 12 at secondary schools, PRUs and colleges in Manchester. 
There are two ways for you and your students to access the learning:

1. Delivery on-site where you work. The workshops are designed to be flexible in length and can be delivered in a 50-minute lesson or extended with further activities to 90 minutes. 

  • You select the workshops, the students, the frequency of delivery and provide the classroom
  • We will provide all of the resources and a tutor

2. Digital delivery via Google Classroom with support from our Education to Employment Coordinator, Ami Hewitt.  

  • You identify the students – students will need a Gmail account to access the lessons 
  • We will support them to complete the lessons and receive their certificate as proof of completion 

For more information, email gyfs@onemanchester.co.uk or call 0161 230 1057.

Work experience for students is crucial in order for them to gain a better understanding of the world of work. They can see if the job they want to do lives up to their expectations and fits with their aspirations and personality. 

Michelle Wright manages the 14-18 work experience opportunities for One Manchester and can be contacted directly by email michelle.wright@onemanchester.co.uk

Students will be required to complete an application form (obtained from school or college), and if shortlisted they will be expected to attend an interview at Lovell House in Hulme or Quattro House in Longsight.

Successful students will be given a ‘Make Work Experience Count’ handbook with activities to complete before and during the placement. This is to help them to get more out of their placement and to support them with developing the 8 key skills in the GYFS framework. They will also be required to attend a half day e-learning session to complete learning in Health and Safety; GDPR and Safeguarding (if it applies to their role).

The 14 -18 work experience offer is available to students attending the schools and colleges listed below. 

  • Cedar Mount High School
  • Levenshulme High School for Girls
  • Loreto High School  
  • Manchester Academy  
  • St. Bede’s College
  • St. Peter’s RC High School
  • The Dean Trust Ardwick
  • The East Manchester Academy
  • Trinity High School
  • Whalley Range High School for Girls
  • William Hulme Grammar School
  • Wright Robinson College
  • Loreto College
  • The Manchester College
  • Xaverian College

The GYFS academies are available to young people aged 16 and over.

We have four academies that provide a combination of work experience, skills-based workshops, industry-related qualifications and an invitation to meet employers from within that industry. 

The GYFS academies are: 

For more information, email gyfs@onemanchester.co.uk or call 0161 230 1057.

A service for young people aged 14-19 years old to get advice and support with their career choices. It’s supported by qualified and experienced advisers, who can help with: 

  • the labour market
  • recruitment practices
  • job roles and routes into them – college, apprenticeships, vocational training 
  • completing application forms
  • creating winning CVs 
  • how to prepare for interviews


The Work Shop, 130 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, M16 7WD - Thursday 1pm–4.30pm
One Manchester, Unit 1, Hyde Road, Gorton, M18 8LD - Friday 10am–4pm

Contact gyfs@onemanchester.co.uk or call 0161 230 1057.