Finding a job, apprenticeship or training

Are you wanting to progress into employment but not sure whether to apply for a traineeship, apprenticeship or full time job?

Traineeships and apprenticeships can be great ways to get into full time employment, helping you build the necessary skills and qualifications to progress, while potentially earning a wage.

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service (GMACS) is a unique careers and apprenticeship service for young people aged 11-30 in Greater Manchester. The service provides useful tools and options to help you plan for your apprenticeship or career, as well as local events and access to workplace encounters online.


A traineeship is a course with work experience that usually serves as a pathway into an apprenticeship or employment. It’s ideal for people who are unemployed and have little or no work experience.

In a traineeship you carry out a work experience placement for up to 6 months and are given help with English and Maths if you need it. You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

If you're 16 or older and think a traineeship is the right option for you, you can search for local traineeships on the GOV.UK website.


An apprenticeship is a genuine job where you can ‘earn while you learn’, combining practical training in a job and study for usually 1 day a week.

An apprentice will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and be given time for study related to their role.

If you're 16 or older and think an apprenticeship is the right option for you, you can search for apprenticeships on the website.

Finding a job

If you're 18 or older and think you're ready for full time employment it's important to make sure your CV is up to date and your application is the best it can be.

You can find help on submitting a job application, writing your CV and interview techniques with the National Careers Service. Qualified career advisers offer telephone appointments tailored to suit your personal circumstances.

The Growth Company also offer skills support for ages 15-18, with bespoke one-to-one support, job searching skills, CV building and interview skills as well as personal support with anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, young offending and emotional wellbeing.

  • To find out more about the Growth Company’s support call 01942 527770.

When you're ready to apply, visit our search for a job page where you'll find a helpful list of job search websites.

Support for Care Leavers

If you are, or have been a Looked After Child in Wigan you may be entitled to our Care Leavers Local Support offer. This includes personalised support in finding employment and training. Visit our page to find out if you are eligible.

Still not sure what to do?

If you’ve read all of the above information and you're still not sure what to do, visit our don’t have a plan page where you can book a free appointment with an Progression Advisor who can help you get started.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition you can visit our Supported Employment Service (SES) page for support to gain and sustain paid employment.

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