Employability Skills

Employability Skills Offer

MYL alternative education programmes prepare young people 16 to 24 years with an EHCP to enter training and employment. 

Our programmes enable learners to develop their independence and employability skills by offering a programme of: Functional Skills, Qualifications, Enrichment Activities and Structured Work Placements.

Our Post 16 programmes are delivered in small groups and on a 1-2-1 basis and are completely tailored around the individual learners needs and aspirations.   Sessions are delivered in welcoming and safe environment.  Each learner receives dedicated pastoral support from the start to end of the programme.

Our Post 16 Programmes

  • Personal Education Programme (PEP) – Is an alternative education programme for young people aged 16 to 24 years with an EHCP who are ready to engage.
  • Core Employability Provision – a mix of centre based and community employability support for young people with EHCPs who need additional support to complete functional skills qualifications and work placements alongside developing life/work skills.
  • Pre-entry provision – community-based support for young people Post 16 with EHCPs, who have been disengaged from education and/or other mainstream services and need 1:1 mentoring and coaching to re-establish routines and achieve short term goals

MYL Learning Hubs

The Addy Young People’s Centre – Wythenshawe

A6 Young People’s Centre – Ardwick

 Work Experience

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 learners 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 Opportunities

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.



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)

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