Employability Skills

Employability Skills Offer

MYL Employability Skills Programme draws on an individual’s knowledge and experience, allowing us to provide a stimulating and individualised personal development programme, suitable for young people of all abilities.

MYL has delivered Employability Skills since 2017 at Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse where it has proved particularly successful as a foundation experience for young people requiring more intensive preparation to achieve success in a work placement and training.

MYL has identified five distinct learning areas for skills development, on which our provision is based:

Skills Development

for Work

CV development, soft skills, team work, communication


Industry Knowledge

researching young persons desired career path

Experience & Volunteering

hands-on experience in young person’s choice of career, bespoke and personalised placement

Social & Personal Skills

self-esteem, confidence, money matters, sexual health & wellbeing, peer mentoring

English & Maths Functional Skills

Entry Level 3 – Level 2 (dependant on level required)

Sessions are delivered in a young person focused environment in groups of no more than 10 students allowing individualised teaching and group work to take place. Each student has the opportunity to ‘Earn while they Learn’ by receiving financial support for areas such as travel and lunches. Individual pastoral support is provided from beginning to end and for a further 6 months on progression from programme.

Work experience is an important part of becoming ‘workplace-ready’, building useful skills and experience that cannot be taught in the classroom as well as contacts that students otherwise would not be exposed to. It then allows them to stand out to potential employers as well as helping them choose the right sector to work in.

One of the main benefits about gaining work experience is that it gives students the chance to try things out to see if they suit that career path. To find out what a company is actually like to work for, or what the job entails. These opportunities equip students with valuable knowledge that will enhance their job applications and interviews also gaining a better understanding of the sector they want to work in.

Volunteering enables young people to gain skills that can be transferred into the workplace. These include: confidence, communication, responsibility, teamwork and innovation. It provides experience which is great for personal gain, but also a good addition to their CV. Most importantly, the process of volunteering provides a sense of personal satisfaction which enhances their social awareness and self-esteem.

Our induction to the programme covers:

  • Introduction to the Learning Hub (our dedicated Learning Centre in the Powerhouse) and the team (tutors and support team) and to their peers on the course
  • Learn about the basic requirements of the premises, Health and Safety, First aid, how to use the IT safely
  • Discuss what is expected of them and agree on the ground rules
  • Taking part in a variety of activities and tasks which allows MYL to assess their learning styles and soft skills
  • Agree each individual’s learning plan for their programme of study
  • Understanding of study and work based experience they will take part
  • Discuss what type of work experience the student would like to engage in

Personalised Learning

The uniqueness of MYL Employability Skills programme is founded in the environment and ethos of our delivery. We provide a highly experienced, motivated and committed team: tutors, placement advisors and engagement workers to deliver our programme. The taught elements to the programme exclusively focuses on positive reinforcement, set within a context of employability skills and attitudes. The monitoring and work placement opportunities further develop and support these skills enabling young people to make successful entry into the World of Work and further work based training such as Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Internships.

Our commitment to young people’s individual needs includes attending placement reviews and wider agency meetings as and when required, ensuring that relevant information is shared to ensure that we are providing the appropriate levels of support.

  • We develop the skills of young people and prepare them to enter the `World of Work’ supporting them to make relevant and informed decisions concerning their futures
  • Increase their personal development and self-esteem, along with reinforcing positive attitudes
  • Provide a stimulating, supportive and rewarding work based learning environment
  • We ensure young people continue to receive advice and guidance that they need to make well-informed and realistic decisions about learning and careers throughout their time with us and post programme
  • We offer a flexible teaching programme including mock interviews, IT, job research, CV and teamwork activities
  • We offer bespoke work placements which are chosen by the young people in the career industry they want. Protective clothing and equipment is provided e.g. safety shoes, to equip individuals with the essential items needed to ensure safety. We have been able to provide additional equipment and financial support through ‘We Love MCR’ fund
  • We offer high standard pastoral support which allows young people to have someone to talk to at any time regarding both educational and personal issues

Success Stories

MYL has consistently achieved very high success rates with the young people we work with. All young people received a high level of pastoral support whether it’s to claim benefits, access independent living, budgeting, health and wellbeing. This increases self-esteem and confidence which further supports positive gains in personal, social and employability skills outcomes.

MYL believe it is important to provide bespoke and high quality teaching and support to enable the young people of Manchester to obtain an education, life and work skills to go on to become the future of Manchester.

Our ability to offer these different types of services is made possible by funding from the Big Lottery, Manchester City Council, GMCVO and the ‘We Love MCR fund’.

Phidel’s story

Phidel’s story

Phidel (19 years old) was referred to our Employability Programme by Target Youth Support Services (TYSS). Phidel has learning difficulties in addition to social and emotional difficulties. Phidel also has epilepsy. Taking into consideration Phidel’s learning needs we...

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Rosslyn’s story

Rosslyn’s story

Rosslyn is a 20 year old female and lives in the Blackley Area, she has learning difficulties which include ADHD and Ataxia syndrome. Rosslyn has no previous work history or work experience before signing up with Martina on Talent Match. Though Rosslyn has no...

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Michael’s story

Michael’s story

Michael came to MYL through the employability service as a NEET young person; he had not been out of his home for over a year and had been bullied in school and in the community.He was support by an MYL engagement worker 3 times a week to build his confidence &...

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Our Impact


Progressed to Further Education, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, full & part time employment

Individual young people worked with


Achieved Maths & English qualifications

Employer partners


Young people achieved a positive outcome