If you’re aged 16-30, you’re out of school, unemployed, self-employed or need a confidence boost, we offer a range of courses and tailored support to help you take your next step. Our courses are available online and in-person, they’re completely free and won’t affect your benefits. 

To join our online courses, you’ll need access to the internet and a phone, tablet or laptop. If a lack of internet access or technology is a barrier to starting a course with us, we can offer technology grants.

We offer courses in a range of locations across Greater Manchester, including at our centre in Ancoats.

How it Works – Free Courses with The Prince’s Trust

We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. On our courses, you’ll get support from mentors, make new friends, meet potential employers and achieve things you never thought possible:

  • Build your Confidence – develop skills for life and work and gain a new perspective by joining one of our confidence building courses.
  • Get a Job – work with top employers that are ready to hire fresh talent such as the NHS, M&S and HSBC. Recieve support to create a stand out CV and develop interview techniques. 
  • Start your Business – develop the skills and knowledge you need to launch and run a successful business. Create a business plan with the support of a mentor and apply for funding if you need it.

Our Courses

Courses to help you get a job

Get Started

16-25 years – Taster Day & 1 week

Short courses based on areas of employment such as media, arts and sport. Includes personalised support and a celebration day.

Get Hired

16 – 30 years – 1-2 Days

Final step for those job ready; job fair and interview with employers such as NHS, JD Sports, M&S and HSBC.

Get Into:

16 – 30 years – Taster Day & 1-4 Weeks

Short course to develop skills in a certain sector. You work directly with employers to secure a job.

Courses to build your confidence


16-25 years – 2 days a week, 4 weeks every month

Learn in a fun and engaging environment with support from experienced mentors. Take part in activities including outdoor learning, sports, arts and more. Develop key skills like teamwork, confidence and communication.


16-25 years – 12 weeks

Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live. Take part in an action packed residential trip. Get two weeks’ work experience in something you’re interested in. Develop your English and Maths skills.

Get Into:

16 – 30 years – Taster Day & 1-4 Weeks

Short course to develop skills in a certain sector. You work directly with employers to secure a job.

Courses to start your own business


18 – 30 years

Course 2-4 days to see if setting up a business is right for you.

You can then present your business plan to Business Launch Group, if accepted you receive personalised support including business plan and mentoring to start own business for 2-3 years.

Development Awards:

Helps to enhance employability and life skills by providing cash grants to help access outcomes in education, training or employment.

To be eligible for a Development Award young people must be:

  • Aged 16 to 30 
  • No longer in compulsory education if aged 16 to 17
  • Unemployed if aged 18 to 30, working less than 16 hours per week or in education for less than 14 hours per week

Contact The Prince’s Trust today

If you’re aged 16 to 30, contact The Prince’s Trust team to explore available courses and routes into study, employment or starting your own business.

Email – greatermanchester@princes-trust.org.uk

Call – 0800 842 842

Visit – Beehive Mill, Jersey St, Manchester, M4 6JG