Career opportunities and development

High levels of unemployment, both locally and nationally remain a major concern and a major challenge for the Government while we try and get the economy back on track. Unemployment among young people is particularly high, and the longer a young person goes without finding employment, the more difficult it becomes to get a job.

The Government is investing money in apprenticeships and the “youth contract” to support young people into employment.

Youth Contract

In response to the challenge of youth unemployment the Government announced a £1billion Youth Contract to help young unemployed people get a job. The Youth Contract, which launched in April 2012, will provide nearly half-a-million new opportunities through collaborations and incentives with local organisations around the UK for 18-24 year olds, including apprenticeships and voluntary work experience placements.

As a result of this government funding there are now increasing amounts of opportunities to get into work due to the incentives. For a taste of a few of these offers available and links to sites for advice on where to go next whether into apprenticeship schemes, training or full time or part time employment, read on.


Of course some young people don’t really know what they want to do once they have finished school or college. If you need advice you can try The National Careers Service, a site set up to give information, advice and guidance regarding any decisions you’re thinking of making or want to make regarding furthering experience or enhancing or developing various skill sets through learning, training and work opportunities. It should be stressed to that all advice is given on an impartial and confidential basis, supported by independent and qualified careers advisers.

Here’s the link you need below, be sure to explore the site and make the most of what it has on offer.

If you’re looking to start up or get grant funding for a business you’re looking to start up or that exists already then is a great portal and definitely worth ringing them to find out more about any enquiries you may have.

 A few examples of Manchester based opportunities!

Railway Engineering Apprenticeship - Gorton

If an apprenticeship in engineering appeals then White Training and Recruitment – the UK’s leading training providers for the rail industry - are recruiting in Manchester at the moment for an apprenticeship in Railway Engineering o the Gorton branch of the rail.

Successful applicants will gain qualifications to further their experiences in engineering within the rail industry. No previous experience is required and learners will receive the equivalent of an apprentice wage as they learn too.

To find out more and how to apply click on the following link:

Trainee Chef?

Are you interested in starting a career as a chef? Mitchells and Butlers are running apprenticeship schemes with, again, great training opportunities and with the role being full time with successful applicants gaining Nationally recognised Apprenticeship qualifications during the period of work

To find out more and how to apply click on the following link:

USEFUL LINKS TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY: has a useful search engine, where you can search for job opportunities on a part time or full time basis

If you’re looking to get more voluntary experience then you will also be able to find opportunities by using’s site located here:

For apprenticeship opportunity search engines use either of the following:

Simply hired

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