Your priorities: jobs and wages
People were clear in our budget consultation about the value of jobs and good wages and help for residents to get them.
We will continue to fund a full team of staff dedicated to these priorities with a budget for three years of activities including:
- Jobs fairs to support people into work, especially those who need most help on some aspect of their employability.
- Events for all Manchester school children to keep them aware of, and in the best position possible to take advantage of, future opportunities in the kinds of jobs that are expanding in our city. Also to encourage them to study the subjects our new industries need: science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
- Digital skills courses for women so they can compete effectively for jobs now and in the future.
- Manchester Youth Market – developing and strengthening young people’s enterprise, developing further opportunities for Manchester residents to test their business ideas.
- Work with businesses to ensure they invest and recruit in Manchester and its residents. For example our work with Amazon Recruitment saw 887 out of 1,000 permanent jobs at Amazon’s new warehouse at the Airport Enterprise Zone go to Manchester residents.
- Initiatives helping the most vulnerable people affected by welfare cuts to remove the barriers to them working including working with doctors and the NHS to help those with long-term health problems or special needs back into work.
We’ll build on our work with priority groups such as:
- those with low skills
- those on low pay
- those who don't have English as their first language, and
- those at risk of having no education, employment or training.