Oldham Council’s Get Oldham Working (GOW) team has launched a pioneering new programme aimed at helping those already in employment gain more skills and gain better paid and more secure work.

We’ve invested £250,000 into the Careers Advancement Service (CAS) to help move residents into better paid jobs and reduce the impact of welfare reforms, which will see working families lose up to £2,000 per year from in work benefits.

The service - the first of its kind in Greater Manchester - will seek to work with 400 employed working-age residents in its first year. The scheme will also help local firms grow and support their staff, thanks to a partnership with the Manchester Growth Company.

Each resident who signs up will receive a service tailored to meet their needs and helping them to climb up the career ladder.

GOW staff will provide 1-to-1 support and help with a personalised development plan.

Residents can also be able to take a psychometric test and various bespoke assessments, which can help them understand their own strengths and areas for improvement, and will assist in obtaining that next step up the career ladder.

Support also includes workshops and networking events, support to navigate the jobs market, assistance to apply for Advanced Learner loans, and help with self-promotion via social media.

The CAS works in partnership with the National Careers Service and local training and support services.

Using the Career Advancement Service 

If you have previously been helped by Get Oldham Working you can visit the team at Metropolitan House, Hobson Street, Oldham, OL1 1TT – across the road from the Job Centre Plus – weekdays from 9am until 4pm.

Alternatively you can:

Local businesses and organisations interested in a skills check or able to provide traineeships, apprentices or jobs for local people can also get in touch.