Skills & employment

Skills for employment (SfE)

Delivery area: Greater Manchester
Funders: ESF/SFA in full
Lead agency: One Manchester
Other Athena partners: Bolton at Home, First Choice Homes Oldham, ForViva, New Charter Group , Northwards, Stockport Homes, Onward Homes, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
Who does it help? Skills for Employment (SfE) offers unemployed adults support to develop a personalised training and support plan to help improve skills and/or find sustainable employment. Manchester Athena has been selected to provide accredited learning, work preparation (non-accredited learning) and work experience opportunities to customers across Greater Manchester

Apprenticeship levy

The apprenticeship levy is designed to encourage businesses to invest more in work-based learning.

Gone are restrictions on age and in are opportunities for companies to look at how they develop existing talent as well as bringing in new using the apprenticeship model.

New trailblazer apprenticeship standards allowed companies from a particular sector to come together and put forward what they wanted from apprentices leading to the new apprenticeship standards

In housing, this was completed by the Foundations in Housing trailblazer lead by The Aspire Group which included partners from across Housing including the Chartered Institute of Housing.

How can Manchester Athena help?

Manchester Athena is working together to facilitate a group training programme in response to the apprenticeship levy from April 2017. The levy presents an opportunity for members of Manchester Athena and non-member registered providers in Greater Manchester to collaborate in the development, procurement and delivery of their apprenticeship programmes.

Motiv8: Building Better Opportunities for Greater Manchester

Delivery area: Greater Manchester
Funders: The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund's Building Better Opportunities programme
Lead agency: New Charter Group (Use logos rather than listing as text)
Other Athena partners:

Motiv8_partner_logos.pngWho does it help? Aged 25+ across Greater Manchester

Motiv8 supports people aged over 25 across Greater Manchester who need support to get their lives back on track - whether they are experiencing issues with health, alcohol, drugs, domestic abuse, debt, homelessness or other challenges.

The project has been set up thanks to £9.7m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme.

The programme works with a wide range of people who are under-represented in the labour market, such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities, migrant communities and the over 50s.

Motiv8 helps people to identify a support package to improve their access to services and help them move towards job search, training and employment.

To be eligible for the service you must be:

  • Aged 25 or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester
  • Have the right to remain in the UK
  • Not in any formal training
  • Not currently in employment or self-employment
  • Struggling to access training and employment opportunities

We can help you with a personal action plan to meet your needs:

  • Debt advice
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Volunteering
  • Support services
  • Training
  • Employment

Get in touch

If you would like more information, or to request a referral form, please email or call 0161 331 2048

Got a question? Get in contact


You can also follow the project for updates on Twitter @Motiv8GM