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Work & Skills Support

 If you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy, there is a wide range of support available.

If you are unsure which of the help listed below is right for you, please contact or call 0161 342 3111 and one of the team will be in touch to help.

The Job Centre has received extra funding to help support people who are being made redundant during the current pandemic crisis. Registering with the Job Centre will gain you access to a jobs coach who will be able to support you with accessing support with finding a job, accessing training and maintaining your health and wellbeing. For further information and to apply please visit:  

Quick links to:

Job Search
Additional support if you are aged 16-24
Health and Wellbeing for Employment


Job Search

You can visit Tameside Council’s Virtual Jobs Fair to access the latest live jobs across the Borough and surrounding areas. This page includes jobs in Retail and Care along with many more vacancies which are updated on a regular basis

Skills Support for Employment (SSE) – Individual support available from day one of being redundant including finding employment, training or placement opportunities in addition to  managing mental & physical health following redundancy. Contact Gary Kay or call 07407 247 146. 


Onward Homes – Hattersley Work & Skills Support

A Work and Skills Coaching Service available to local people living in Hattersley, Tameside.

More than 60 people have been supported into work over the past two years, with many more accessing free training and skills development opportunities.

To speak to our dedicated Work and Skills Coach, please contact Matthew at or call 0161 366 3968

Operation Re:Org – additional support if you have ever served in the armed forces

Operation Re:Org provide a tailored service to support  anyone who has ever service in the armed forces and lives in Tameside  to secure employment, access training and services to assist with any needs such as housing, finance or benefits advice, health and wellbeing needs or social events and activities

If you have EVER served in the armed forces and are currently a resident in Tameside please contact Terry Morley on 07973 252373 or email to join the programme or to find out more.

Routes to Work

Routes to Work are a supported employment service within Tameside Council. They offer support for people with disabilities, mental health and drug/alcohol issues who reside in the Tameside area. They can help you to achieve your employment goals. They advise on all aspects of gaining employment to volunteering, training and education to enable you to work independent.

If you have any questions please telephone the team on 0161 342 5200 or click here for more information on Routes to Work.

Additional support if you are aged 16-24


Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.
If you are a young person aged between 16 and 24 and want to learn more about the scheme then click here for more information or speak to your JobCentre Work Coach.




Making a Benefits Claim

If you have recently become unemployed and want to make a claim for benefit then click here to check your eligibility and access JobCentrePus services.

Benefits Information Available via WhatsApp

People can now access the most up-to-date benefits and support information via their smart phones, using WhatsApp. The service, which can be accessed by sending ‘Hi’ in a WhatsApp message to 07860 064 422, has been launched to help combat the spread of incorrect information and to make the correct information easily accessible. Advice available includes information on benefits support available, how to check eligibility and how to apply.

Financial Advice

The Money Advice Service (MAS) have produced an excellent free Redundancy Handbook which provides people facing redundancy with a financial action plan. It covers redundancy pay, pensions, mortgage, insurance, rent, benefits and debt management. You can order up to 2,000 hard copies to be delivered to your business. Please use this link MAS Redundancy Handbook to access the handbook.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers careers advice and guidance to anyone 19+ employed or unemployed (or 18 if claiming benefits)

Online and telephone support with:

  • Education & Training: Finding the right course, funding it and returning to education as an adult.
  • Life Skills: Motivation and confidence, job searching and identifying skills.
  • Careers: Planning, CV and interview prep and local labour market intelligence

Advisors are available Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8am and 7pm.

Call 0161 393 6473 or access the service at

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

If you are an apprentice who is facing redundancy then you can receive support from the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices  who offer free advice, help finding new opportunities, and access to local and national support services offering financial, health and wellbeing, legal and careers advice. You can also ring 0800 015 0400 to find out more.



Tameside Adult and Community Education

Tameside ACE offers range of funded and chargeable training programmes for essential skills for life and work, including Maths, English and Digital Employability. All of the Maths and English courses are free. How much you pay for other courses will depend on your personal circumstances so if you are in receipt of a benefit or do not have much money coming in, you may not have to pay towards your course.    To access the full prospectus and for more information click here

Telephone: 0161 342 4063
Facebook: Tameside Adult and Community Education
Twitter: @TamesideAce

Digital Skills Support – iDEA & Digital Support Officer

If you need help with using websites or social media to search for work, Tameside Council’s Digital Inclusion Officer is here to help.  Call Kelly Gray on 07971 285303 or email

iDEA is stands for the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. It is essentially the digital equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award.
iDEA allows you to develop digital and enterprise skills for free and is open to people of all ages.  The website is made up of a series of online challenges  which are ‘point based’  to gain career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and gain industry recognised awards to stand out from the crowd.
It works on all devices – phones, tablets, laptops, PCs, games consoles, TVs!

See for yourself at Use badge code TANDGIDEA for your first two points! 

Tameside College

Tameside College is a further education college that offers a wide range of courses including Full-Time, Part-Time, Apprenticeships and University Level. Select one of the following links to find out more:
16-18 School Leavers
Adult Courses
Higher Education
The College can be contacted on 0161 908 6600 for more information

The Growth Company

Redundancy Support
Skills Support for Employment (SSE) – Individual support available from day one of being redundant including training and placement opportunities, managing mental & physical health following redundancy. Contact Gary Kay or call 07407 247 146. 

Skills Support for the Workforce  offer Training Courses that are part and full funded resulting in Level 2 nationally recognised qualifications for anyone at risk of redundancy are available through. 

Transition to Teach Programme

The TRANSITION TO TEACH programme, funded by the Department for Education, is for those who are seeking a change in their career and are interested in becoming a teacher. If you possess a desire to inspire the next generation and you wish to pass on your knowledge and experience, teaching could be the right career move for you.

Standguide – Refresh Restart Online Courses

Standguide’s Refresh Restart courses offer a bespoke package if you are furloughed, at risk of redundancy or currently unemployed. Learners can choose from online courses with specialist tutors and gain qualifications in;

  • Adult Social Care (Core qualifications at Level 1 & 2 and 13 specialist qualifications at Level 2)
  • Digital Skills
  • Business Start Up
  • Money Management
  • Employability
  • Customer Service
  • Functional Skills – Maths and English

Course start dates throughout October 2020 and beyond and you can register by calling 0161 8814826 (Option 5). Eligibility for the course is age 19+ before 1st Sept 2020 and a Greater Manchester resident.Learners must have full ID, internet access and basic PC skills and will complete initial assessments prior to the courses.
For more information please visit or call the referral team.

Babington Employability and Skills Courses

Babington have online courses starting every week and can support people with additional needs and low income learners below £18K. Maths & English courses have up to 12 weeks to complete and learners can work at their own pace. Vocational courses last for two weeks and courses on offer are Employability L1 & L1, Customer Service L2 and Maths & English L1 & L2. For more information and to refer please contact


Health and Wellbeing for Employment

If you are out of work and have any health issues, free support is available to you from the Working Well programmes and the right one for you is dependant on the period of time you have been unemployed (or if you are still employed).

Unemployed for less than 6 months or still employed but signed off?
Working Well Early Help (delivered by Maximus)

If you are signed off work for health related reasons, or recently unemployed due to your health, Maximus will provide free personalised support and advice on:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle
  • Assistance in work
  • Workplace adjustments
  • Skills, education and training
  • Finding work.
You can get in touch with by calling 0300 456 8107 or email and more information is available here 

Unemployed for 6 months or more?
Working Well: Work & Health Programme (delivered by Ingeus)

If you are already unemployed and have any health conditions which can affect you getting back to work, the Work & Health Programme will give you access to a local Key Worker who will work with you to help you move back into work and provide access to specialist support if required.

You can join the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) by speaking to your JCP Work Coach at your next appointment or by checking your eligibility by getting in touch with us