Making a difference in Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the region’s largest employers and we want to improve the job opportunities for our local residents. One way we do this is through working in partnership with The Growth Company to provide access to jobs, skills and training to local communities through The Works.

Our success

  • More than 4,000 lives transformed
  • £60.6 million of social and economic value
  • Multi-award winning

Developed with the support of the Manchester Growth Company, The Works is a ‘one-stop shop’ facility based in a local community setting, providing thousands of people with access to training, advice and job opportunities both at the University and with a host of other partner employers.

This facility, which is unique in British higher education, has transformed thousands of lives and is the only employer-led employment and skills facility in the north-west of England.

The Works matches people to the right job based on their skills and experience, and provides support throughout the application process. 

Established in partnership with local not-for-profit agency The Growth Company, our multi-award winning scheme has generated more than £60 million of social and economic value for the local region.

The University not only gave me training with a job at the end. It’s actually going to change my life.

John Jackson / Building Attendant at The University of Manchester