More about the partnership

The University of Manchester – The University of Manchester has a rich and proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are the birthplace of many discoveries which have had a major impact on society including the development of the first modern computer, the splitting of the atom by Rutherford, and more recently, the discovery and development of Graphene. Twenty-five Nobel Laureates have worked at the University, with three currently on our staff. Our pioneering track record mirrors the proud heritage of our city which was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the suffragette movement and the worldwide cooperative movement. As a major employer, with an 11,000 strong workforce, and as such, is committed to working with local communities providing training and employment opportunities. The University established The Works in 2011 as part of its mission to contribute to sustainable communities.

GC_Landscape_RGBThe Growth Company – Delivers employment, recruitment, skills, and business support services to individuals and businesses across the North of England. The Growth Company helps over 5,000 people a year to get a job, with over 70,000 people helped into work to date.


NCS-LogoNational Careers Service – Helps adults to get the advice they need for future skills, careers, work and life choices. We offer a range of information and advice to support people in making the right decisions on a range of learning and work opportunities.



Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) – We aim to enable adults to improve their lives through first steps learning, helping them to secure and sustain jobs. The Service also supports the well-being of communities through learning for personal and social development. We try to reflect the cultural diversity of Manchester through our inclusive course provision, and want all of our learners to achieve their full potential, enjoy their learning, and gain national qualifications where appropriate.


Credit UnionManchester Credit Union – Manchester Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial co-operative serving people who live or work in Manchester, Tameside, Trafford, Rochdale, Bury and the High Peak.You might not have heard of credit unions before but in many parts of the world, including Ireland, the USA and New Zealand, they are very important and successful financial institutions. Credit unions exist solely to provide affordable financial services to their members. In our case we offer savings, loans and a whole range of other financial services.

We are run by our members, for our members. Our range of innovative financial products includes ethical savings, affordable loans, Christmas club accounts and money guidance sessions to name but a few. All these services are supported by the excellent service of a dedicated, well-trained staff.

Manchester Credit Union started as Beswick and Openshaw Credit Union in 1991 and was known as East Manchester Credit Union until February 2007.