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Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

ACAS seeks to prevent and resolve employment disputes, conciliate in actual or potential complaints to employment tribunals, provide information and advice, promote good practice.

Helpline open: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-1pm

Open: N/A

Referral Details: No Referral necessary

Cost: N/A

For more information:
  • Telephone: 0300 123 1100
  • Visit: ACAS 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Prince's Trust Team

  • Unemployed?
  • A young person in or about to leave care?
  • An offender or ex-offender?
  • Looking for a challenge?

If you are aged 16 to 25 and unemployed you could join our team and take part in a free 12 week programme.

What happens during your 12 week programme?

  • Develop practical skills to help you in life and work
  • Meet exciting new people
  • Enjoy an action packed team building trip away
  • Take part in challenging projects - chosen by you!
  • Spend a day at a local football club
  • Train with firefighters
  • 5 -10 days work experience
  • Get career advice and help with your job search
  • Develop your CV
  • Make a real difference to your local community
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications

If you would like to apply then you can email the team or contact them directly by telephone:

Eccles 07854 494 816
Bolton 07581 336187
Salford 07780 531 515
Manchester 07734 275 763
Trafford 07966 024 891
Wythenshawe 07581 336 187
Stockport 07966 018 386
Hyde 07973 966 407
For more information:


1. The ability to communicate in a new language

The main benefit a person gains when committing to learn English or any language is the ability to communicate with the language itself and create connections with a wider range of the world’s population.

2. The brain undergoes a change in electrical activity 

Before this study it was believed this change in brain functioning only occurred when students had obtained a high level of language ability in the new language, but this study revealed this change may occur at the earliest stages of language learning.

3. “Superior memory function” 

Language learning showed an increase in memory capacities, this was especially strong in short-term memory.  This is a huge benefit because it allows the brain to keep information in the brain for longer durations while thinking processes are activated.

4. Increased mental flexibility

The article explains this keeps mental path ways “opened up” which allows a person to use “differing avenues for thought.” Language learning helps “exercise” the brain to keep it flexible and agile. 

5. Increased problem-solving abilities

A person also benefits from language learning by gaining increased problem-solving abilities in all of the following areas: abstract thinking skills, concept formation, creative hypothesis formulation, strengthened capacity to identify, understand and solve problems; the ability to focus on a task by filtering out distractions and extraneous information and an increase in multi-tasking ability.

6. Greater comprehension for how language works and is used

Language acquisition also benefits a person by creating a greater comprehension for how language works and is used. The study found individuals with multilingual communication were able to better read and interpret social situations, which improved their performance in social settings. 

7. Prevents the deterioration of brain functioning over time

Sessions are ran across different locations - Please see leaflet or speak to Azara for more information.
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  • Address:
  • Ridge Hill Children's Centre
  • School Crescent
  • Stalybridge
  • SK15 1EA
  • Contact: Azara Azam Community Health Development Officer
  • Telephone: 0161 338 8645

Confidence Course

11 sessions – 2 hours per session
The first session will involve enrolment and introductions.
Each session will involve adults and children, where children will join in for some of the session.
This is a Family Learning programme that builds feelings of trust in ones abilities, qualities and self-esteem. Parents and children will learn skills in order to improve their confidence in various situations.
Topics include:
  • Self-assessing you and your children’s current level of confidence.
  • Exploring ways to relax, including breathing and visualisations.
  • Exploring self-esteem and assertiveness.
  • Discussing and using positive thinking in different situations.
  • Fun activities that build self-esteem.
 Ideas and activities for home
Sessions are run across different locations - Please see leaflet or website for more information.
Click here to download information(0.23MB)
  • Contact: Azara Azam Community Health Development Officer
  • Telephone: 0161 338 8645

The Skills Company

We are part of The Growth Company, a Manchester based company that work throughout the UK to help young people into education, employment or training.
We work with young people aged between 16 to 18 years who are looking for an alternative to a large college, in our small, local training centre in Ashton.
We offer a range of both full time and part time study programmes, traineeships and pre-apprenticeships including:
  • Construction
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Social Care
  • Employability
  • Maths and English Functional Skills and GCSEs
Young people benefit from individual learning programmes with additional support if required, small class sizes, friendly tutors and weekly bursary payments. We have excellent progression opportunities as the Growth Company is the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the North West. We are open from 8.30 until 5pm Monday to Friday. Ring/text/message/drop in for an appointment or further information.
  • Address:
  • Unit 7A
  • Richmond Street
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • OL7 0AU
0161-3593017   or   07701377853
Please click here to view leaflet on the skill centre (0.3MB)

L+S Training Ltd

L+S Training is a First Aid at Work Bolton based family company. We can provide services locally or nationally to companies and business no matter how big or small. All our instructors and examiners are Level 3 qualified to the regulated standards.  We are passionate, motivated and outgoing individuals who want to pass on important skills to people that can make a difference and bring comfort in others’ lives.  We have over 30 years’ experience between us in the leisure/training/fitness and the medical industry. During this time, we have gained a wide variety of experience delivering medical treatment overseas as well as assisting the emergency services within the UK then progressed our careers with further qualifications so that we can teach people these skills. We work closely as a team, as we very much enjoy making a difference in the community and people’s lives.  We believe in excellent customer service and customer satisfaction.
​As current trainer assessors qualified through NUCO Training, we are updated with the new guidelines and regulations as they are introduced in to the First Aid at Work syllabus. Our top priority is to keep our qualified clients up to date with these changes and to inform clients of their renewal dates and expiry.
  • Address:
  • 689 Manchester Road
  • Bolton
  • BL5 3HY
  • Contact: Lynn Griffiths / Sarah Close (First Aider Trainers / assessors)
  • Telephone: 07429843484 / 07961045766

Groundwork Prince's Trust

Prince's Trust Team Programme for unemployed 16-25 year olds who are unemployed, out of education and training. The Programme is designed to help and support young people into gaining employment in the future by improving their key skills such as confidence, communication, leadership, managing feelings, reliability and more. The Programme is 12 weeks and is broken down into different sections.
Phase 1 - Team Building
Getting to know the rest of your group and starting to make plans for the future and how Chris and I are going to support them in achieving that goal.

Phase 2 - 4 day Residential in North Yorkshire
Abseiling, Caving, Rock Climbing, Bush Craft, Hill walking, canoeing, problem-solving, and bonding like a little family. (all activities are weather depending.)

Phase 3 - Community Project
The team, now comfortable and bonded with each other, go into the community and identify an area in which they can help improve by fundraising and carrying out the project. Gives you something to talk about in future interviews and gains you a reference from course leaders

Phase 4 - Work Placements
Get that valuable experience in a workplace of your choosing and break the cycle of not being able to get any experience. Gain another reference from your work placement provider.

Phase 5 - Employability
CVs, Mock Interviews, application forms, what's next for the young person and how are we going to get them there.

Phase 6 - Team Challenge
Working with a group of people the team wouldn't normally work with and complete 3 days of events with them.

Phase 7 - Final Presentation (end of programme celebration)
Gain your qualifications and certificates and graduate from Prince's Trust.
For anyone who is interested or would like more information, we can meet up with you in a neutral setting, have a brew and a chat about what you can gain from the course and how we can best help you.
  • Address: 
  • Groundwork MSSTT
  • Birchcroft/Crowthorne
  • A-U-L
  • OL7 0DH
  • Contact: Lauren Thompson Assistant Team Leader / Chris Grieve Team Leader
  • Telephone: 07921 809 108 / 07990 857 622
  • Email: /
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Jobcentre Plus

Apply for and search for jobs in Great Britain and abroad.  The .gov website takes you through Universal Job Match.

Or to contact Jobcentre plus telephone the number listed (Lines are open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm) 

For more information:

Rathbone Training

Location: Ashton-under-Lyne 
Rathbone is a UK-wide youth charity that helps young people to transform their lives through learning.
We do this by providing access to training and qualifications that enable young people to achieve their goals – whether that is a job, a place at college, an apprenticeship or a work placement.
We also run excellent youth engagement programmes, which offer practical support and positive experiences through activities like sport, music or art.
All of the young people who work with us can be sure of one thing. They will be supported, encouraged and challenged in every way possible.
We have a long track record of successfully supporting young people

See us 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 3.00pm on a Friday or contact us to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.


  • Rathbone, 12 George Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6AQ

For more information:

Shaw Trust

Location: National 

Over the last three decades, we have become specialists in understanding and overcoming the obstacles to work and independence faced by people with a disability or disadvantage, such as:

  • Physical and mental ill-health
  • Learning difficulties
  • Lack of skills and work experience
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Crime and social circumstances
  • Long term unemployment

At the heart of our effectiveness is our commitment to those we help. At Shaw Trust we work one-on-one, tailoring just the right balance of practical assistance and emotional support. Time and again, our support for people on their challenging journeys to employment has achieved amazing outcomes. 

Empowering people to lead more self-reliant and rewarding lives includes enabling their families, communities and businesses to support them. Our specialist services are highly effective, and everyone benefits from a more diverse and engaged society.

Lines open 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday    9am - 12 Saturdays

For more information:
  • Telephone:  0300 3033111 Work Place Direct / 0345 2349675 Customer Support Centre

Ashton Sixth Form College

Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 

Ashton Sixth Form College runs a number of courses for students including:

  • A-Levels
  • NVQs
  • Foundation Courses
  • Please check the website for further details.

For Higher Education and Skills enquiries please contact:

Open: Monday & Tuesday 8:30am - 5:30pm, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30am - 8:30pm and Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm

Referral Details: Self Referral - No appointment
Access and Facilities: Disabled Access, CCTV and Accessible Parking

Cost: Contact for details

  • Ashton Sixth Form College, Darnton Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9RL

For more information:

The Tutor Pages

Location: London 

The Tutor Pages is an online publication hosting thousands of articles on home tuition topics for Parents and Students.  It also includes an active forum to discuss private tutoring, and a directory so that residents living in the Tameside area can locate a tutor living close to them.

Address: Kemp House, 152-60 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX

For more information:


Location: Manchester 

Created by a former teacher, we help parents find the best local tutors to help learners who are finding school challenging. We cover every subject and age, so whatever difficulties you are facing, let us know and we will find the right help for you.

Visit Tutura and we will help you to achieve your goals.

Sessions cost from £15 per hour.

Address: 8 Shepley Road, Manchester, M34 5DL

For more information:
  • Contact: Scott Woodley
  • Telephone: 01143830989
  • Visit: Tutura
  • E-mail:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Location: Manchester 

The University runs a number of courses designed to support and prepare applicants for successful study. These include:-

  • Summer school
  • Foundation stages
  • Open days
  • Development of new pilot foundation courses
  • The University itself runs a large range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses

Open:  Contact for details

Referral Details:  Self referral/No appointment

Access/Facilities: General amenities

Address: Gt Marlborough Street, Manchester

For more information:

Tameside Council Adult Learning

Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 

Tameside Council Adult Learning offers courses for adults who want to return to learning to upgrade their skills and qualifications. Tameside Council Adult Learning provides courses in IT, Maths and English from entry level to level 2. It also delivers independent living skills for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities. Impartial information, advice and guidance is there to help learners to:-

  • Decide wich course to take
  • Explore opportunities for progression
  • Prepare CV's and apply for jobs
  • Find out what funding is available
  • Keep up to date with personal progress


Tameside Council Adult Learning also works with partners to deliver courses in the community and family learning. Including confidence building, keeping up with the kids and healthy eating.

Open: Monday to Thursday, 9:00am - 7:00pm. Fridays, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Facilities: Disabled Access

Referral Method: Self Referral via Drop-in or Telephone, (you can also be referred via other agencies)

Cost: FREE

Age Range: 19 Years and Upwards

Address: Learn @ St. Ann's, Burlington Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7DG

For more information:

The Open University (North West)

Location: Manchester 

Since 1969, the Open University has taught more than 1,780,000 students and more than 250,000 people currently study with the OU. In the UK's latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) The Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.

Student Registration and Enquiry Service - 0845 300 6090

Open: Contact for details

Referral Details: Self Referral/No Appointment

Access/Facilities: General Amenities

Cost: Contact for Details

Age Range: 18 Onwards

  • Address: 351 Altrincham Road, Manchester, M22 4UN
  • For more information:
  • Contact: 0161 998 7007 / 0161 998 7272
  • Telephone: 0161 998 7007
  • Fax: 0161 945 3356
  • Visit Open University
  • Email:

The University Of Manchester

The University of Manchester has been created by bringing together The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST, two of Britain's most distinguished Universities to create a powerful new force in British Higher Education.

Open: Contact for details

Referral Details: Self referral/no appointment

Access/Facilities: General amenities

  • Address: Oxford Road, M13 9PL
  • For more information telephone: 0161 306 6000

The University of Salford

Location: Salford 

Salford is internationally recognised as an enterprising university, seeking innovative ways of extending its capabilities. We are closely attuned to the needs and problems of business, industry and the community and we engage with others to transfer knowledge through partnerships and consultancies.

Salford was the first university to establish Academic Enterprise as an integrated third strand of the University's activities, of equal importance to teaching and research.


University of Bolton

Location: Bolton 

The University of Bolton is a degree-awarding institution - from access and foundation courses, first degrees to research Mphils and PhDs.

  • Address: Student Centre, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB
  • For more information:
  • Telephone: 0120 490 0600
  • Fax: 0120 439 9074
  • Email:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Location: Manchester
Here to make an impact on Manchester, our nation and beyond

We are a great, modern university, in a great global city, we have a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge, to make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

  • Address:
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH

AFCO Manchester (Army)

Location: Manchester 

Mainly offers careers information on the army. The Manchester office offers advice on all the armed forces including:

  • Navy
  • Army
  • RAF
  • Royal Marines
  • And TA.

Open: Monday - Wednesday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Thursday, 8:30am - 8:00pm

Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm (First Saturday of Each Month)

Sunday, Closed

Age Range: 16-26 years.

Please Contact for More Details

  • Address: Petersfield House, 29-31 Peters Street, Manchester, M2 5QJ
  • For more information:
  • Telephone: 0345 600 8080
  • Visit:


Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 
Learning and Support Services

That are difficult to access elsewhere including,

  • For mums and children affected by Domestic Abuse
  • For families affected by negative choices and behaviours
  • For mums living apart from their children
  • Unique Adult Day Care
  • Parent Coach
  • School Readiness
  • Adult Reading Scheme
  • Pop up creche Service - enabling parents to access training

Working Together

Opportunities for Local people to get involved as a,

  • Volunteer
  • Employee
  • Trainee

either through our charitable project LEAP or with Greenscape, our Social Enterprise.

Opportunities for Businesses, Providers and Funders to get involved as a,

  • Partner
  • Funder
  • Stakeholder
  • Commissioner

A Thriving Community Hub

Pre-School Nursery provision (2-4 years)

Community Activities such as,

  • Peer led support groups
  • Community Interest groups
  • Inter-generational projects
  • Rooms for hire

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm (open all year round) Referral Method, Self Referral, drop-in or by telephone  

  • Address: Leap Centre, Clyde House, Clyde Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0NQ
  • For more information
  • Contact: Julie Cliff
  • Telephone: 0161 214 8300
  • Email:

Learn Direct

Location: Manchester 

National, information, advice and guidance helping support adults to help them make decisions on the full range of learning and work opportunities. The service is free, confidential, impartial and delivered by qualified staff. Free personalised careers advice and guidance is now offered.

Open: 8.00am-10.00pm 7 days a week

Referral Details: Self Referral

Access/Facilities: General amenities

Cost: None

Age Range:  18 years and over

NHS Careers

If you are aged 14-19 and thinking of a career in the NHS then this website may be of interest to you. It gives a selection of NHS career paths as well as the opportunity to learn about the job straight from the person who actually does it.

Positive Steps

Location: Ashton-under-Lyne

Routes to Work

Location: Hyde 

Routes to work is a Supported Employment Team that supports people aged 18 and over with disabilities, mental health and substance misuse.  We give practical support and advice to people with a disability who may need help to gain paid employment.

Open: Monday to Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm, Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Referral Method:  by referral only

Eligibility Criteria:  Age appropriate, aimed at those with additional needs

Age Range:  18 years and above

  • Address: Frederick House, Dunkirk Lane, Hyde, SK14 4QD
  • For more information:
  • Telephone: 0161 342 5200
  • Fax: 0161 342 5260
  • Email:

Do-it lists over 1m volunteering opportunities that are posted by volunteer centres, national/local charities and voluntary groups. Enabling 200,000 people every month to donate their time and build their skills, Do-it ensures that almost 50,000 organisations find the help they need to provide vital services to the community. Our mission is to bring people together to help solve society’s problems through voluntary and civic action. We want to make it easy for people to connect, share, learn and grow and in doing so provide a world class service that is able to extend the capacity of civil society.

Dyslexia Foundation

Our charity work has a portfolio range of assisting adults with Dyslexia across the North West. Dyslexia Foundation has charity status which means we are in a specialist position to offer support to people with Dyslexia. Among our range of services, we offer free Dyslexia screenings and subsidised rates of assessment costs for people in work and education. We employ professionally qualified staff, the majority of whom have Dyslexia, including tutors, advisors and psychologists. The ethos of the organisation is the ability rather than the disability, empowering adults to look positively to the future. We work with individuals, groups and large statutory and vocational organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector offering innovative solutions to adults with Dyslexia. We have also worked with people with learning disabilities such as Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Adhd, ADD and Bi polar.

  • Telephone: 0800 077 8763

Caring, Working, Living

Caring, Working, Living aims to support people with caring responsibilities who are looking to return to work (Returners), to increase their confidence and self-esteem in relation to returning to paid employment, and to improve their understanding of the skills that employers are looking for.

Support We Can Offer:
  • Provide information to 'Returners' about agencies in their local area that provide support with job search skills
  • Provide financial support towards the cost of job searching, for example towards the cost of childcare or other care, travel to an employment support activity, & interview costs such as travel or clothing
  • Provide information about employers that are offering workplace visits, work trials, placements, or Returnships as part of their recruitment
  • Provide peer support through our Facebook page

In order to be eligible for support you must be:
  • Either a parent or a carer
  • Have been out of work for at least 12 months due to caring responsibilities
  • Be looking to return to work
  • Live in Greater Manchester

For more information about Caring, Working, Living please visit our website
Information Leaflet

Tameside Training centre - The Growth Company

Education and skills support for young people aged between 15 to 18 years.
  • A range of different courses, programmes and qualifications from entry level through to Level 2 (including GCSE Maths and English) to suit individual needs and interests based at our local training centre in Tameside.
  • Construction courses in our own onsite Workshop offering Multi Skills - Joinery, Bricklaying, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, groundwork – opportunity to gain CSCS card and work experience – dependent on attendance and progress/behaviour.
  • Other courses include: Health and Social Care, Childcare, Customer Service/Business Admin, Retail and Employability, Functional Skills Maths and English, GCSE Maths and English.
  • 1:1 support for young people who are NEET or at risk of NEET with progression opportunities.
  • Study programmes with support of a key worker and small groups.
  • Learners can receive bursary payments subject to attendance and progress/behaviour.
  • Breakfast club available and support with bus passes. Benefits are unaffected and can still be claimed by parents/carers or the individual young person - depending on circumstances.
  • No entry requirements.
  • Start dates throughout the year.

Address: Unit 7A, Keyley Industrial Estate, Richmond Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0AU
Telephone: 0161 359 3017

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Family Information Service
St Peters Children Centre
Trafalgar Square
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4260