Skills information

Thinking about upskilling or starting a training course? Our skills information service could help you find out what’s available for you and how to access it.

We have produced a skills information brochure which tells you about available training in Trafford. Details about available training courses starting now are also published in our weekly jobs and opportunities bulletin which goes out by email. To request to be added to the mailing list email

Skills information drop-in sessions

From June monthly drop-in skills sessions will be held across Trafford, you can get advice and information regarding courses, training and apprenticeships available to Trafford residents.  We can point you in the right direction for personalised employment support and help you to address some of the practical issues that may be stopping you from learning. 

The sessions will be held at the following locations: 

Broomwood Community Wellbeing Centre

Mainwood Road, Timperley, WA15 7JU

Third Monday 11:00am -1:00pm

  • 15 November 2021

Coppice Library

Coppice Avenue, Sale, M33 4ND

Second Monday of the month 1:15pm – 1:15pm

  • 8 November 2021

Old Trafford Bluesci

54-56 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, Stretford, M16 0LN

Last Wednesday of the month 11:00am -1:00pm

  • 27 October 2021
  • 24 November 2021

Sale West Community Centre

Newbury Avenue, Sale, M33 4QJ 

Second Monday of the month 11:00am -1:00pm

  • 8 November 2021

Stretford Public Hall

Chester Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0LG

Third Tuesday of the month 9:30am - 11:30am

  • 16 November 2021
  • 21 December 2021

St John's Centre

St John's Road, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 7GX

First Monday of the month 11:00 - 1:00pm

  • 1 November 2021
  • 6 December 2021

The Hideaway

Partington Shopping Centre, Central Road, Partington, M31 4EL

Third Wednesday of the month- 12:00pm - 2:00pm

  • 20 October 2021
  • 17 November 2021
  • 15 December 2021

Urmston Library

34 Golden Way, Urmston, Manchester M41 0NA

Fourth Monday of the month 11:00am - 1:00pm

  • 25 October 2021
  • 22 November 2021

For more ifnormation about the skills drop-in sessions or available training courses contact:

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

The Trafford Council ESOL Service can provide advice and information about free English Language courses in the area.  If you want to improve your English in order to get a job and make friends in Trafford, one of our courses could be the right thing for you, for more information contact:

We can also provide interpreters if you need extra help with your enquiry.

You can find more information on the GM ESOL website.

Digital skills

If you are looking to improve your digital skills, we have put together an extensive range of free resources to help you on our Digital Trafford pages.

Here you can find a request form for support from a Digital Champion. Whether you have no digital experience, want to build on existing skills to prepare you for a new chapter or access public services online, our Digital Champions can help. The form can also be completed on behalf of someone else; if you are a professional and would like to encourage someone you work with to get online or if you would like to refer a family member to improve their digital confidence, please get in touch.

You can find details of the laptop lending scheme which is now available from your local Trafford library.

You can also view a map of our digital services across the borough, this can point you in the right direction when looking for digital support, access to a device, or free Wi-Fi.

If you have any questions about our digital services or would like some advice get in touch.