The Works

Skills and employment levels in some of our local communities are some of the lowest in the UK.

Key impacts

  • More than 4,000 lives transformed.
  • Estimated £60.6 million of social and economic value a year.
  • Winner of Times Higher Education and Guardian awards.

We’re helping to address this through our leadership of The Works – an innovative employment and training initiative at the heart of our local communities in Moss Side and Ardwick.

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

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

The Works 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.