Employment and Training

Trafford Council works closely with partner organisations to provide you with any support you need in relation to staff recruitment and training. We can help with:

Staff recruitment

Trafford has a highly skilled workforce with over 43% of the population educated to degree level. We can help you find the right staff for your business. Using a local workforce will cut down on travelling times for staff and will boost company efficiency and productivity.

For further information contact the Economic Growth Team.

Local training providers

A wealth of training provision is available locally. Trafford College offer training courses to suit all levels across their sites in Trafford, and offer a service for employers.

Visit the Trafford College website or call 0161 886 7070 for more information.

For a list of other training providers in the area, please contact the Economic Growth Team who will be able to give you further details.

Funding for training

We can provide advice and support in accessing funding to train your workforce.

Employer Ownership of Skills pilot is a competitive fund set up by the Government to provide employers with ownership of their own training budgets to train their workforce. Greater Manchester Chamber have secured £20million of investment over three years for employers in Greater Manchester in different sectors to draw up their own training plans to meet the skills needs in their sectors.

The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and it exists to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England.

For further details visit the Skills Funding Agency website.


Research has shown that apprentices add value to organisations by providing the flexibility to develop the skills, knowledge and experience of its workforce.

Trafford Council can assist you by linking you in with a recommended training provider to deliver the training and to identify enthusiastic young people to select as an apprentice to meet your individual unique needs.

Information for employers

GM Commitment to Youth Incentive

The GM Commitment is an AGMA led and funded initiative which was launched in May 2012 to support the city region’s young people into employment.

The three phases to the GM Commitment are a grant for employers who take on an unemployed/NEET young person, a mentoring programme for young jobseekers, and work experience.

The over-arching objectives of the GM Commitment are:

  • Young people should secure sustained employment in sustainable jobs.
  • Provide a simple and effective incentive to employers to offer opportunities to unemployed/NEET young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
  • Enhance and work with national programmes rather than displace or compete with these initiatives.
  • Maximise the investment and impact made by national programmes for young unemployed residents and businesses across Greater Manchester.

To find out more please contact the GM Commitment Team.

Facilities for local recruitment campaigns

There are a range of community facilities in Trafford that can be used for recruiting and training staff in convenient locations. More details are available from the Economic Growth Team, or download our PDF of details and locations.

The Partington Pledge

The Partington Pledge matches local 18-24 year old job-seekers with local businesses, benefitting both the local community and the wider economy.