Southway residents can get 1-2-1 career support from our Employment & Money Coordinator Elaine, and our Be Well employment coaches Richard and Carl. Even while our office is closed we are still available for meetings with you – be that by video call, email, or phone.

We work with various agencies to offer you a tailored package of careers support. We can help whether you are job-searching, wanting a change, or in work but facing barriers. You can make an appointment with us to talk things through and assess what you need.


Here are the other best resources we have found to help with work during the pandemic:

  • The Time is Now: short employment course

    The Time is Now programme is our new short course supporting people with building their confidence and developing and working on goals for employment, enterprise and training.

    Our next session starts in July and runs for 4 weeks. To register, contact us.

  • Employ GM: New support for individuals and businesses

    Employ GM is a new one-stop website for employment, career and business support during covid-19.

    Employ GM connects employers who have urgent temporary vacancies with individuals who are available to start working straight away during the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Working with partner networks, this service will also help businesses retain their current workforce in the long term, support the future of their company and help individuals secure employment for the future. So businesses who need to fill vacancies or who have concerns about navigating the current climate, people who are looking for work and people who have been furloughed can all use the site for support.

    For individuals they will:

    • Identify immediate job opportunities
    • Provide skills, training and careers advice to help improve your job prospects
    • Support you through redundancy
    • Help if they have been given reduced hours

    For businesses they will:

    • Advertise your roles
    • Quickly match candidates
    • Support with payroll process
    • Identify any skills needs
    • Provide additional guidance for your businesses and employees

    See their website here

  • Job Help from Jobcentre Plus

    With 2.3 new claims to Universal Credit and many more people feeling uncertain about their futures, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched two practical online support platforms through their new ‘Good Place to Start’ campaign.

    jobhelp offers essential advice to those looking for work, on which sectors are recruiting now, how to make the best of transferable skills and how to secure a new role.

    employerhelp offers business advice on recruiting including the matching service Find a Job.

  • FREE courses with The Training Brokers

    Get a credited qualification, create a support network of friends and gain the confidence to pursue your aspirations and goals.

    You’re eligible if you are:

    • A resident within Greater Manchester
    • Aged 19 - 65
    • Unemployed and in receipt of state benefit or
    • Earning less than £17,500 per year

    Current courses:

    • Prepare to Work in Adult Social Care
    • Support Work in Schools
    • Counselling Skills & Mental Health Awareness
    • All starting September 2020

    Find out more on their website. Contact us if you would like the support of our Employment team to apply – we are here to help.

  • Manchester City Council: Advice and opportunities bulletin

    Every week Manchester City Council's Work and Skills team publishes updated information you may find useful to help you with work during the ongoing  situation. 

    The bulletin includes advice, opportunities, and news of changing support on a weekly basis.

    View the latest issue here.

    You can sign up to get the bulletin in your inbox here


    Here are some of the latest opportunities from the bulletin:

    Nightingale Field Hospital Manchester (GMEX) - 4C Training
    Cleaners, Porters and Auxiliary staff
    4C Training is working with Blue Arrow who are in the process of staffing the temporary Nightingale Field Hospital Manchester (GMEX); they have an urgent need for 200 Cleaners, Porters and auxiliary staff. This figure will grow in the coming weeks to 600.
    Hours:  6am to 2pm, and 2pm to 10pm; on a seven day rotation.
    Salary: £10 per hour weekdays, £15.00 per hour Saturdays and £20.00 per hour Sundays.
    4C training will support you to get you through the application process, and to complete some online training with them. If you are interested contact 4Cr Training by emailing:

    Marketing & Communications Assistant
    Responsibilities include creating and distributing all promotional materials, digital marketing and advertising of the programmes, managing relationships and networking during marketing events. Apply by CV and covering letter, demonstrating why you think you are the perfect candidate, and send to:
    If you have any queries, please send them to the same address.

    Hours: 35 hours per week - flexible working to suit needs of the role
    Salary: £23,836 
    Deadline: Friday 1 May

    Manchester City Council
    Catering Assistants
    You will be required to work on a mobile basis, meaning that the work location could change from day to day.
    Hours: 16 per week, term time only
    Salary: Grade 1 £17,364 to £17,520  (pro rata)
    Closing Date: Ongoing (this advert can be closed at any time so please apply as soon as possible if you wish to be considered)

    Relief Cook
    The Council are looking to recruit 6 new cooks within primary schools, secondary schools and academies in Manchester. You will work on a mobile basis and must be flexible in your work location as this could change from day to day, at a moment's notice.
    Relief Cook Role Profile
    Hours: 25 per week, Monday to Friday (5 hours a day)
    Salary: £17,391 to £18,319 (pro rata)
    Deadline: Ongoing

    Teaching Assistant Level 1
    St Augustine's CE Primary School, St Augustine Street, Monsall,  
    Temporary until 31 August 2021, Term Time Only 
    Teaching Assistant Role Profile
    Hours: Full Time 35 hours per week 
    Work Pattern: Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
    Salary: £17,711 to £18,065 per (pro rata) 

    Manchester Young Lives
    Family Support Worker  - Fixed Term to 31 March 2021
    Manchester Young Lives (MYL) wish to appoint a Family Support Worker to work within the Play and Youth Team to lead on the development and implementation of their First 1,000 day’s project, across a number of locations in Manchester. Hours: 18.5hrs
    Salary: £23,574 pro rata (actual salary - £12,460)
    Closing date: 9am, Monday 1 June 

  • Community Hubs: Learning and support from home

    Old Moat Learning Hub

    The Hub is still available for Careers Information Advice and Guidance through telephone and online support, every Thursday 10am - 2pm.

    They are also signposting through Facebook and sharing job opportunities and online learning and other activities available.

    Get in touch for support:

    Tel: 0161 446 2131

    Barlow Moor Community Association

    Remote delivery courses are available now:

    Level 1 Award in Volunteering
    Trialing delivery remotely via Zoom
    Course starts Tuesday 28th April at 10am

    Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in Schools
    Again delivered by Zoom
    Course starts 13th May at 10am

    Online e-learning courses Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene, Level 2 Award in Allergy Awareness and a Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the workplace.

    As a UK Online Centre they have access to a wide range of courses to develop people’s digital skills, online shopping, online banking, using social media and much more.

    All participants need Internet access, access to a laptop/tablet and email.

    1-1 employability support is offered either over the phone, via email or through Zoom for those who have access.

    They are also still offering Information, Advice and Guidance and can assess your needs and potential courses for you:

    Tel: 0161 446 4805 Option 4: Learning & Benefit Support - Becky
    Text: 079857 40669 (call back service)
    Email: or

  • The Growth Company: Digital courses for employment

    The Growth Company is adapting its service delivery to meet the needs of learners and now have courses available online. It also has access to current job vacancies in Greater Manchester in sectors such as warehouse and logistics, retail, care and cleaning.

    Below are the digital courses currently available:

    Level 1 + 2 Retail 
    Level 2 spectator safety
    Entry level 2 Personal & Social Development
    Level 2 SIA
    Warehouse Qualification Courses
    L1 - Business Admin/Planning an Enterprise Activity – Starts
    14 April 2020 – 4/5 weeks
    L2 – Dementia Awareness – Starts 14 April 2020 – 6 weeks
    L1 – Retail – Starts 21 April 2020 – 4/5 weeks
    L1 – Health & Social Care – Starts 21 April 2020 – 6 weeks
    L1 – Childcare – Starts 21 April 2020 – 6 weeks
    E1, E2 & E3 – Maths & English – Starts in May 2020 – tbc

    More online opportunities will be shared over the coming weeks.

    If you have any questions or information about the courses or services, please contact  or telephone 07595 465315.

    For help signing up, contact Southway.

  • Proper Job Theatre Company: Employability skills for over 50s

    The Proper Job Theatre Company has started a number of digital workshops for people who are over fifty that still want to gain employability skills.

    Currently they are working with previous participants from the LAB Project however they are open for referrals. They would just have to set up a one to one discussion with their Manchester Manager, Lauren. If there is anyone who you would like to be referred to the job programme, it can be arranged either by contacting Southway (Devon Poyser) or they can go directly to the company website here.

  • More free online training

    GCF Global

    A range of free online training courses. This includes workplace skills like communication and IT courses at different levels. Click here

    Hopwood College

    A huge range of online courses for free including topics like Customer Care and Preparing for work. Click here

    Future Learn

    Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. It is free to join and study most of their online courses. Click here

    Standguide “Time to Learn”

    You can upskill, get work ready or get a nationally recognised qualification online with your own tutor, so you will get receive support and have accountability. Courses range from upskilling in numeracy and literacy and digital literacy to Customer Service in Health and Social Care. Click here

  • Smart Works: virtual support with interviews

    Smart Works will be delivering a virtual support service to any woman (and temporarily, men too) who is referred to them.

    Should you need or want some extra support with how to conduct a phone/video interview, Smart Works coaches are on hand to help.

    Find out more about Smart Works here, and contact us for a referral.

  • Volunteering opportunities

    For anyone who is looking to volunteer with community-based organisations during these times, or for any business' who might want to look at volunteering staff, Macc are co-ordinating volunteers and linking them up with suitable, safe voluntary opportunities.

    More information is here with an online application form.