Employability, Enterprise & Lifeskills

Whatever your background or ability, at The Manchester College we have an incredible range of support and dedicated courses available to help you get back into learning, develop the skills you’ll need for employment, and find a job that’s right for you.

Every course at The Manchester College has a strong focus on employability and building up the essential transferable skills that you’ll need for any job or career. But we also have a number of specialist courses designed for those who are currently unemployed, need extra help with supported learning, or would like extra guidance in the working world.

  • You’ll learn in classrooms that reflect a strong focus on employability and developing independence and skills. For those who may require them, we have rise and fall work tables, an increasing supply of assistive technology resources to encourage independent learning, and work training spaces with fully accessible facilities. If you’re on one our Prince’s Trust programmes you’ll be making use of some outstanding leisure facilities on a week-long residential.

  • Our goal is to remove any barriers to learning and employment that you might be facing, which is why we focus on developing those essentials skills and have an incredible range of employer connections. You’ll be able to take part in CV writing workshops and mock interviews, or perhaps you’ll be one of our many students who benefit from our partnerships with over 10 local authorities and employers like Manchester's central hospitals, Manchester Airport, Manchester City Council, the BBC and the Lowry. These connections are ideal for supported internships and highly personalised offers for learners with special educational needs or disabilities.

  • You’ll find a number of different courses available at The Manchester College to help you develop your skills and get your foot on the employment ladder. The Prince’s Trust Programme can support your journey back into education or into a career, and our ‘Routes To’ & Supported Internship courses are specifically designed to aid those with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Our employability, enterprise and life skills courses are available at a number of our campuses, as well as at your place of work. If you’d like to enrol on the Prince’s Trust Programme, you’ll find this at our Fielden, Harpurhey and Wythenshawe Campuses.

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Available Courses

British Sign Language Studies

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British Sign Language Studies

Level 1

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British Sign Language

Level Entry Level

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The Supported Internship at CMFT provides a strong evidence-base of what works well in terms of achieving genuine social and financial inclusion for young disabled talent, including meaningful and sustained employment. Year on year the partnership has grown stronger and the results speak volumes about the merits of joining forces to achieve a common aim, in this case delivering excellence in transition, careers and opportunities for all Manchester young people.

Lucy Rowe • Community Engagement and Resourcing Manager Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ryan is a real success story and I am delighted to have him as a member of my team within the administrative section in Genetic Medicine. He has made so much progress within the department over the last three and half years, not only in terms of understanding and maintaining his own workload, but also in forming friendships with colleagues. He is a different person from when he first started and a lot more confident and able to work on his own initiative. I am thrilled that he was given the initial opportunity through Project Search.

Gill Reed • Quote from Gill Reed, Operational Manager for Department of Genetic Medicine about Ryan, Supported Internship Programme

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