Make it Happen

Preparation for Work

Focus on your future

What is the right job for you? What skills and strengths do you have that will serve you well in your future career? How do you make a positive impression on employers?

Our Make it Happen courses and sessions offer expert knowledge and personalised support to prepare you for the next stage in your career. 

  • Identify the right career for you and gain insight into how employers recruit.  
  • Discover your strengths and develop your personal skills. 
  • Meet employers and learn how to present your ‘best self’ when applying for work.

About Make It Happen

Questions and Answers

  • What is a Make It Happen Conversation?
    A Make it Happen Conversation is your opportunity to prepare for your future with the support of a qualified careers advisor.
  • What can you expect from us?
    Free impartial guidance from qualified and experienced advisors who work to the National Quality Matrix Standards for Information Advice and Guidance.
  • How to make an appointment?
    Complete a Careers Conversation Request Form or ask your tutor. We have appointments to meet your needs (online, by telephone, face to face).

Working with Employers

We work with a range of employers to provide meaningful encounters between learners and potential employers. Encounters include:

  • mock interviews
  • employer talks
  • employer workshops and
  • work experience placements
  • insight days

Our Careers and Progression team also offers one to one career coaching and career conversations, as well as up to date information on the local labour market.   

Whatever your next steps and goals, you will be well informed to make the right choices for you.

If you are an employer and would like to work with us, please get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements. You can also visit our Employer page to read more about MAES employer partnerships. We have a proven record of providing pre-employment training on Sector Based Work Academy Programmes, have a Kickstart wrap around support offer and can provide bespoke courses for redundancy and employability support. Please email for more information or to discuss. 

Learners' voices and Information

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Preparation for Work courses and sessions

If you are looking for work, we have lots of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to help you prepare for and secure paid employment.

Course or Workshop NameDescriptionDelivery and Duration
Make it Happen Focus Week This course is suitable for you if you are looking to secure paid employment but are lacking in confidence and your abilities after being out of work for a while. Join this course if you want to know more about your personal skills and strengths. You will focus on your future and develop a practical career plan which is right for you. This is a week-long intensive course of 10 sessions (25 guided learning hours) with opportunities to meet with employers.
Make It Happen WebinarsThese webinars will support you to move closer to the world of work. Looking at current trends in recruitment methods, creating stand out CVs, identifying strengths, and applying resilience in job searching will ensure you can present your best self to employers and make the impact you need to secure work or progress in work.
These 1 hour webinars will be delivered using Google Meets. You will be offered a follow up Careers Conversation.
Make It Happen Impact DaysThis 2 day course is for those who are looking to build their confidence and resilience, and secure employment. You will also focus on applying a confident mindset and a professional attitude. You will have the opportunity to meet employers to prepare yourself for the workplace.
Over 2 days, you will learn more about getting work ready. Topics covered include recruitment processes and emotional intelligence. Available online and face to face.
Sector Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs)We support Manchester residents who are looking to secure employment through pre-employment training as part of a Sector Based Work Academy Programme. Variable delivery and duration options depending on the vacancies being recruited for and employer preferences.