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We can help you get in to work

We offer a range of services to help you gain the skills, confidence and motivation to get back into work.

Helping people get back into work is linked to one of our objectives as a responsible housing provider: 'Supporting our customers to be more independent and our communities to be more sustainable'

Click here to learn more about our organsiational objectives.

Click here to meet the people behind our Employment and Enterprise Team.

Click or tap on the headings below to learn more about each of the services we offer along with how you can get help.

Check out our Bolton at Work Facebook page

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Click here to visit our Bolton at Work Facebook page (link opens in a new window).

We started the Bolton at Work Facebook Page during the first lockdown in June 2020, in order to reach our customers digitally and offer our services virtually online. Since then, we've gained over 1,200 followers! 

We promote our Bolton at Home customer training courses and our Employment Support Offer - such as Way In2 Work, Working Wardrobe and Barrier Busting services -  in addition to external training provider courses, Bolton College courses and external Support Services available.

Each day we post multiple local jobs available and offer CV, application form and interview preparation support.

Customers can message the page directly to be referred to the correct person/team who can help with their specific need.

1. Work clubs

We offer support with application forms, online job searching, CVs, IT training, 1 to 1 guidance and debt and money advice.

Visit one of our UCAN centres for more information on what we can offer.

Click here to find your nearest UCAN centre.

This guide may help you to prepare for an upcoming interview: Working-wardrobe-interview-prep.pdf [pdf] 3MB

2. Our training programme

3. Adult Work Experience Placements

We know getting into work can seem quite scary if you've been out of work for a while or if you've never had a job. Our Way in2Work Programme can help you build your confidence and gain work related skills, which all helps to make you more employable.

Our adult work experience placements have been suspended until the current government restrictions have been eased, please check back here for further updates.

If you're unsure about how work experience can help you get a job, you can click here to read our case studies.

We want you to succeed so our Way in2Work programme is tailored to your needs. As well as part time work experience, we will give you the tools and support to track and record your new skills and experience and show you how to use these to get the job.

We provide support with CV’s and job searching, one to one appointments to break down any barriers into work, competency based interview training through Bolton College and accredited qualifications to enhance your chances of finding work. We even offer an online Life Coaching programme called Transform and Achieve: click here to find out more about Transform and Achieve Life Coaching.

The Way in2Work programme is available to all Bolton residents over 18 who are looking to get into work.

Even though our work experience placements are currently suspended, we can still help.

Have a look at what else we have on offer.

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Introducing the Kickstart Scheme: Paid work placements for 16 – 24 year olds

Need more information? Please contact:
Niki Meikle 
Way in2Work Volunteer Coordinator

Call: 07775 826 422

4. Our vacancies

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Are you interested in working for us?

You can view our current vacancies by clicking here.

5. Education and training

There are a range of online courses that you can access for free on our Customer E-learning zone that can support you with your learning and development. 

Click here to log into or register onto our Customer E-Learning Zone.

6. In work support

From day one of employment, we'll offer 6 months support to help you overcome any barriers you may find when starting in new employment.

This ranges from financial issues to getting the right clothing for the job. Support is offered either by email, phone or face to face and we encourage you to contact us regularly so we can ensure no problems are left for any length of time. 

7. Working Wardrobe

Working Wardrobe has been set up to tackle another barrier into employment that so many men and women face today. That barrier is the lack of suitable clothing to wear in order to make a good first impression at the interview.

Click here to learn more about how Working Wardrobe can help.

8. Training grants

We can offer small grants to help with training and education.

Click here to learn more about our training grants.

9. The Skills for Employment service

We are proud to be part of the Skills Support for Employment Programme, which supports unemployed people looking for work. The programme 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.

Please visit Bolton Council's website to find out more:

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Get in touch

If you need more advice on how we can help you get into work, either click here to contact your local UCAN centre, or contact:

  • Mary Winrow on 07825 193230,
  • or Alex Warburton-Eccles on 07787 341882.

In your words

DIY Course:

“I would like to thank you so much for inviting me to take part in the DIY course at Bolton College. I would not have thought it was possible to learn so much in such a short time. I also enjoyed every minute of the course. All the tutors were absolutely amazing, obviously very knowledgeable but also were very understanding and patient. All the other participants were very friendly and I think we all enjoyed and benefited greatly from the course. I have to say the buffet on the last day was most enjoyable too.”

Transform & Achieve – Employment Boot Camp

"Come to this course with an open mind and an open heart, and it will open doors in your mind. It has been very cathartic, changing me to reveal the true me. I thoroughly recommend to anyone, as the lecturers are passionate, professional and friendly. Truly life-changing"