The Workshop

Do you know someone who needs free support finding work or help improving their skills?

Skills Support for Employment is a Greater Manchester Programme which offers free one to one support, training, qualifications, work experience and help finding the perfect job. 

Participants need to have a valid National Insurance number and be at least 19 years old.

Other eligibility includes at least one of the following:

  • Unemployed (either claiming or not claiming a benefit) and not in full-time education.
  • Working under 16 hours per week and Claiming Universal Credit
  • Limited recent experience of employment with a skills or training need which is a barrier to finding work.

The Workshop has supported hundreds of people through free support including Jayesh, Mark and Samreen.

The workshop gave me the confidence to believe in myself. I love my job and look forward to going to work every day. Jayesh

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" I just wanted to say thanks again for all the support, insight and knowledge you gave me to be successful in applying for my role. I’ve passed one year in post in the job, am developing my skills and confidence in the job and have completed a qualification for health trainers" - Mark
"I was looking for work as an administrator for sometime however I lacked confidence, which held me back. The help and support from the Workshop improved my self-confidence and I feel proud that I now have a very good job." -  Samreen


Free training is available to help with your confidence and employability skills.  Work placements are available in a number of companies across Bolton, depending on what sector you want to work in.

The Workshop also supports employers with work experience placements. For more information on how we can help your business, please contact us.

To find out more, please contact our workshop on 01204 333209 or 01204 338981 or email


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