Social Responsibility


The Works

Our aim is to transform life chances in our local community by supporting unemployed people back into work. This is achieved through our leadership of The Works, an employer-led one-stop-shop in Moss Side. It is a partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, City South Manchester Housing Trust and Work Solutions.

Many people across our local communities face challenges in accessing employment opportunities. As one of the largest employers in our region, with several hundred non-academic job vacancies each year, we’ve proactively established a multi award- winning employment and skills facility called The Works.

Developed with the support of the Manchester Growth Company, The Works is a ‘one-stop shop’ facility based in a local community setting, providing thousands of people with ring-fenced access to training, advice and job opportunities – both at The University of Manchester and with a host of other partner employers. This facility is unique in British higher education, has transformed thousands of lives, and is the only employer-led employment and skills facility in the North- West of England.

The Works has a physical location in the neighbouring Moss Side area, bringing access to computing facilities, training and advice into the heart of the community. University staff lead and coordinate the initiative, with the Manchester Growth Company providing additional financial support for other support staff, premises rental and utilities.

We fill many of the University’s non-academic vacancies through The Works and have encouraged a number of other major local employers to advertise through this initiative. Additionally, we’ve encouraged our major suppliers, largely in the construction industry, to use The Works for recruitment to their university contracts and to help train potential recruits.

Impact of The Works

  • 2,941 people's lives have been transformed to date by taking them out of unemployment.
  • The social and economic value generated is equivalent to an estimated £35 million a year.
  • Times Higher Education and Guardian Awards have been received for the scale of its impact.

You can find out more about The Works by downloading our leaflet.

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