Employment support

During these difficult times, getting into and staying in work can seem even more challenging, but there is support out there. The following fully funded programmes are available in Trafford:

Support getting into work

The Working Well Work and Health Programme 

This provides support for unemployed people with health conditions or disabilities. It is also designed to help those individuals who have been out of work for a long time as well as those who might need some specialist support.

If you have any kind of mental or physical health condition and would like support getting back into work please contact Richard Austin on 07702 141104 or email richard.austin@gcemployment.uk

National Careers Service 

Offer free and impartial careers advice to adults and young people aged 13+.   

We can:

  • support with interview preparation including Skype and telephone interviews
  • help you to identify suitable career change options; CV review and development
  • provide links to local job vacancies with employers
  • provide links to local training courses and funding
  • work closely with local employers/employees facing redundancy

Call us to book a telephone appointment on  0800 100 900. 

Our new COVID-19 Service allows us to work with customers already registered with us, employers and young people in year 11, 12 and 13 as well as being able to offer short online webinars and workshops to support with Effective Applications and CV’s, Effective Job Search and Interview Skills including Skype and telephone interview prep.   

For more information about the services offered by National Careers Service (NCS) please contact Tracey Harmer, Service Manager – National Careers Service Contract on 07872 503 665 


supports people aged over 25 across Greater Manchester who need support to get their lives back on track - whether you are experiencing issues with health, alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, debt, homelessness or other challenges.

Motiv8 will help you identify a support package to improve your access to services and help you improve your self-confidence, self-esteem, health and wellbeing, finances and employability skills to move you closer towards job search, training and employment.

For more information and to check your eligibility for the service, email info@manchesterbbo.co.uk or Phone 0161 331 2048.

Skills Support for Growth 

are still accepting new referrals and can support over the phone / web, with online learning and progression to employment or education, if you know anyone who would be interested in accessing our services and is aged 15-24 and is not currently in Employment, Education or training, please ask them to contact us on 0161 240 6124 or GrowthGM@gcskills-support.uk.

United Response 

provides support to adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and mental health needs to work towards and gain paid employment.

On their journey towards employment we support people to experience voluntary work and direct work experience through in-work placements. We offer extremely person centred support specifically design around each individuals support needs. We currently have two main project that’s we run.

Pathways to Employment 

funded through Trafford Housing Trust support adults with autism to gain paid employment. As part of that project we also run Stepping forward, our six Week pre-employment course for clients who are on the autistic spectrum/ ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc. who are not currently accessing mainstream activities, education, training or employment. Individuals must live in Trafford area to access this project.

The programme is to support customers to build and gain their confidence, motivation and/or employability skills, with the intention of progressing them onto work, training, and education

For more information please contact Shirley Faulkner : Job coach Call for a chat on: 07487 759 282 / Office: 0161 8737479 or email Shirley.Faulkner@unitedresponse.org.uk 

Trafford Supported Employment

funded via Trafford Local authorities adult social care. This project specifically support adults who live in Trafford, who have a learning disability who are in receipt of support from Trafford Adult social care. We again offer extremely person centred support to help people move towards paid employment as a future goal. This could include, in the early stages long term voluntary work, work experience and skills building.

For more information please contact Amy Stott, Team Leader on 07773230529/ office 0161 873 7479 or email amy.stott@unitedresponse.org.uk

Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES)

here to help each person focus on their own strengths, skills and abilities to overcome any complex barriers preventing them from gaining sustainable employment. The participants journey will be monitored over a 15 month period with a desire of employment being achieved within that time.

Programme details  

  • Up to 15 months of 1-2-1 support provided by Specialist Key Workers 
  • Designated Employer Engagement Consultants working closely with employers to identify jobs to suit  
  • Access to specialist support provision 
  • Funding available to meet the support needs 
  • Extensive package of support available to support progression once in work  
  • Opportunity to gain relevant work experience  
  • Delivery across Cheshire and Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region, and Cumbria  
  • Personalised support by key workers who will manage a low case load of clients  
  • Flexible delivery, programme can be delivered in venues to meet the needs of the customer 

To be eligible for the IPES Programme the participant must be deemed as Disabled as defined in the Equality Act 2010 and have complex barriers. 

If you have any complex barriers preventing you from gaining sustainable employment then please contact Barry Bradley on 07783 152 642 or email Barry.Bradley@gcemployment.uk

Support staying in work

Working Well Early Help (WWEH)

A six month programme of telephone based support. The WWEH team can support with health and wellbeing advice and guidance. The team can also support can other areas including employment, finance and skills training to name a few.

Participants on the programme can receive fast track access to Physical and Mental health treatment packages including cognitive behavioural therapy and physiotherapy consultations. Eligibility is any GM resident 18+ who has been unemployed for less than six months and claiming UC or any GM resident who works for an SME (less than 250 employees) and is currently off sick with a fit note.

To access the support simply e-mail your name address and telephone number to workingwellearlyhelp@maximusuk.co.uk or alternatively call 0300 456 8107. One of the team will be happy to assist you.

Support for Self-Employed

Enterprising You 

EnterprisingYou is a fully funded programme to support self-employed individuals, gig economy workers and small business owners in Greater Manchester. Launched in Feb 2020, this exciting new programme will provide free support to self-employed residents with advice and access to training, from personal skills and career development to business finance and mentoring. It’s ideal for individuals who want to discover their growth potential and directions to achieve their self-employment goals.

If you are 18+, a self-employed resident in Trafford with an income* of less than £27,000 after business expenses per year (*This includes income from salary, dividends, expenses, profit, pension, benefits etc), EnterprisingYou could be the support you are looking for! Please visit : www.enterprising-you.co.uk call 0161 667 6900 or email Info@enterprising-you.co.uk for more details.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

Do you have an idea for a business?

An allowance of £65 for the first 13 weeks of trading, followed by an allowance of £33 for the following 13 weeks of trading

  • A dedicated Business Advisor to guide your business
  • Access to seminars, workshops and resources available in your area
  • 1-2-1 support and free business advice
  • A full diagnostic of your business idea
  • Continued support from your business advisor for the first 12 months of trading

Speak to your Work Coach about being referred onto the programme.

Start Smart - The Enterprise Hub

In these unprecedented times, PeoplePlus are supporting residents of Greater Manchester to explore self employment ideas.  

There's never been a better time to start your own Business

  • An assessment of your business idea & it's viability
  • Support with applying for finance and loans
  • Marketing support to help start promoting your Business
  • Help installing a bookkeeping system
  • Continued support throughout the programme

For more information call 0161 507 6366 email: start.smart@peopleplus.co.uk or visit the PeoplePlus website

Prince's Trust & Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund

A new funding initiative with NatWest to support self-employed young people struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid the coronavirus crisis. Please note due to high demand there is about a four week wait before you hear back, once you have applied for the grant.

To be eligible, young people must:

  • Have started their businesses/become self-employed within the last four years
  • Be aged 18-30 (young people over 30 who’ve started a business with support from The Trust will still be eligible, as long as they’ve been to business launch group in the last four years)

For more information on how to access this funding, visit the Princes Trust Enterprise Relief Fund web page


We continue to offer support to any young person aged 18-30, wanting to find out more about becoming self-employed or setting up their own business. The course is designed to help them explore whether self-employment is the right choice for them & to equip them with the skills & knowledge to develop their idea further.

  • Current offer: Online Information sessions

To register for a call, please contact our customer services team on 0800 842 842 or via our live web chat function

How to refer

Know a young person who would benefit from one of these programmes or support offers? You can refer them by contacting a member of our friendly customer service team on: 0800 842 842 or via our live web chat function (available from 9am – 9pm, seven days a week) They will link you in with a member of our local team who will give you a welcome