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Learning and skills

There is a wide range of Skills courses available across Greater Manchester. Below is a brief summary of each programme and how to find out more.

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Ways to use our course search

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Search by your location or post code and see a list of training providers close to you in the list at the side of the map

My Location

Click on the ‘My Location’ under the zoom in and zoom out buttons and allow the site to know your location.

Center Focus

The centre of the map is indicated by the orange dot. You can then use your mouse to drag the map which will then update with the training providers in that location.

Zoom Zoom

Use the plus and minus buttons on the map to zoom in and out and find your local training providers.


Right click on the map to change the map between the Road view and Satellite view. The zoom can also be changed from this menu.

Right Click

Click on the course list to the side of the map to be taken directly to training provider where you will find out more about the course you’re interested in.

*Provider courses and locations can differ from courses advertised here. To get an up-to-date course list please use the 'Find out more' function of the map.

If you need additional support, then you can contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or by using the Contact Us form.

Adult courses

There are a wide range of adult courses available across Greater Manchester. Many of the courses are fully funded, which means there is no cost to you, or your employer if you are currently employed. 

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps give people aged 19+ the opportunity to build sector-specific skills through fully-funded or co-funded flexible courses – this means there is no cost or limited cost to you.

Up to 16 weeks of training available, people will fast tracked to a guaranteed interview with a local employer. Skills Bootcamps are available in a range of industry sectors including: Digital and Technology.


Multiply is a new national programme funded by the Department of Education to help adults aged 19+ who do not have a qualification in Level 2 Maths/Numeracy or equivalent.

The GM Multiply Scheme will support adults to improve their numeracy skills, become more confident with numbers and help them to progress in life.

Access to Higher Education

If you would like to study for a university-level degree but don't have the traditional qualifications, Access to Higher Education courses could help you to achieve your goal. Take a look at some of the options available to you.

Sector-based Work Academy Programmes

Sector-based work academy programmes (SWAPs) are an opportunity to learn new skills and get experience of working in a particular industry, for example care, construction or warehouse work.


Apprenticeships are a great way to study, gain experience and earn money while you do. It is a common misconception that Apprenticeships are only for those who are entering the world of work from school or college, when in fact Apprenticeships are available at any age and are a great way to restart your career, change your career or progress in your current career. 


T-Levels are new two-year technical education courses for 16-18-year-olds. These free courses are for after you’ve completed your GCSEs. If you have a good idea which career you’d like to go into, and you want to learn the relevant technical skills for that career in a classroom, T-Levels could be a good choice for you.

Higher Education

There is a wide range of degree-level courses available across Greater Manchester. Whether you are looking to study full-time or you would like a more flexible approach to learning, take a look at just some of the options available to you.