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Get help finding a job

Part-funded by the european unionSkills for Employment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Skills for Employment ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​is a FREE service to help you get back into work, or improve your skills if you're already employed. Skills for employment is suitable if you want:

  • To improve your skills
  • Help finding work experience
  • Help finding a job with a local employer

You must be:

  • Unemployed for 6 months or more, or with only brief periods of employment during that timeframe
  • 18 years old and claiming benefits, or over 19 and not claiming benefits

This FREE support is designed around your own personal circumstances, confidential and is entirely voluntary. Your benefits are not affected by taking part.

Contact the Skills for Employment team on 01706 646471 or by email at

Skills for Employment is commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership the contract is part-funded by the European Social Fund

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Free and discounted travel for jobseekers

FREE bus travel is available for job seekers attending interviews as well as free or discounted public transport during the first few months in their new job.

Eligible jobseekers from JobCentrePlus or the Work Programme can apply for one of 24,000 free 1​-day bus passes to get to interviews or free 28 day bus or Metrolink​ travel passes once employment has been secured, with a further 12-weeks of discounted travel after that.

Those who prefer peddle power for their commute will benefit from the ‘Bike Back to Work’ initiative. This will give them access to free recycled bikes, which can be kept after 3 months, along with safety accessories like lights and helmets, cycle training and bike maintenance.

Customer feedback: "Just a quick email to let you know how helpful and in my case definitely needed the bus passes are. Especially with me having to travel from place to place on a daily bases as I’m not based in one particular place, it’s been a great help that these are available. Going through the process of ending JSA and returning to work there is a bit of a gap were funds aren’t at their best so it will also help me until I’m able to get back on my feet and not having to worry about how I’m going to get to work. As you know after the first month you also get your second bus pass with a percentage of this is a great way to start managing money without paying full price which may come as a bit of a shock the first time. It kind of shows you what you’re in for without making you feel panicked. So all in all I think the free bus passes are a great idea and very much needed under the circumstances as they help a great deal" - Helen, Creative Employment Job Starter.

Get advice and support at Work Clubs

If you need advice and support on finding employment you can come along to a Work Club. These are available across the borough. You don't need an appointment you can simply turn up and get some help. 

The clubs give people the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job hunting experiences and get advice on interview techniques, CVs and even volunteering opportunities.

List of Work Clubs in the Rochdale Borough (202kb pdf)

If you're interested in career progression or want a change in career visit National Careers Service

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Get advice and support from The Lighthouse Project

The Lighthouse Project in Middleton is a part of a local charity, Inspire Middleton

They provide a safe and welcoming environment where people can find support and access opportunities that are caring, social and educational. They offer tutorials, advice and help for people looking for work.

Do you need 1-to-1 help?

If you would prefer to get 1-to-1 help and support with finding a job we've a group of volunteers called Community Champions who will be happy to help.

These volunteers are fully trained by us and have a wide variety of skills. Some have professional backgrounds and use those skills as a volunteer. Others are "expert by experience" or have developed their skills through training. They can help people with lots of different issues and the outcomes they have achieved are remarkable and award-winning.

More information on ​Community Champions