Manchester Young Lives has been working with children and young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Manchester for nearly 50 years. Through their study programme Manchester Young Lives work with young people aged 16-19 who for various reasons are not in employment education or training (NEET) and also do not have Level 2 passes in GCSE English and Maths and young people at risk of social exclusion.

Through the support of We Love MCR charity Manchester Young Lives are able to extend their study programme to offer young people a work placement to gain valuable skills and experience. The funding from We Love MCR means that young people can offered financial support while on placement and with other work related cost such as uniforms or tools.

There are currently 20 young people on the Manchester Young Lives programme supported by the Sir Howard Bernstein fund.  Of those 20…..

  • 7 are in a placement opportunity
  • 4 are looking for placement opportunities and are working on CV writing and interview skills
  • 4 are waiting to start placements
  • 5 are waiting to sit exams and start placements in the construction sector after completing their CSCS courses

Have a read of just a couple of the success stories we’ve seen so far:

Success Story: Guy

Guy was referred to Manchester Young Lives via Career Connect as a result of not being able to sustain Further Education due to experiencing difficulties socially in addition to demonstrating poor mental health.

Guy has Asperger’s Syndrome and at school he had a care plan to support him with difficulties in social interaction. Manchester young lives worked intensely with Guy to identify a realistic work experience to pave his future career path. It was imperative that it was right environment for Guy where adequate care and support would be available.

Acorn Veterinary Surgery initially refused the placement but after perseverance and further networking they agreed a trial period. Guy secured himself not only a training opportunity but a part time job after three weeks!

Guy said: “It was a challenge; very different. If you compare it with playing online games, they are always structured, you achieve one thing and you know something else will follow, like the next level. But here, it’s unpredictable; several things can happen all at once. You need to adapt, make decisions quickly. It took a bit of getting used to.”

Guy is now studying a Level 3 Animal Care course and has plans to University. 

Success Story: Success

Success was one of the first students to take part in the Manchester Young Lives Employability Programme. Success was 19 year old, had not done too well in school, had little experience in a work environment and recently had become a young father. Success wanted to turn his life around to be able to gain employment to help him to provide for his new family.

Manchester Young Lives helped Success complete his Maths level one, helped him develop his communication skills, team building skills and helped build his confidence.  They even bought him some smart shoes for his placement!

Manchester Young lives supported Success to secure an eight week placement at McDonalds which was his top placement choice.  Success received excellent feedback and following the eight weeks he was officially offered a full time position which he accepted!