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

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.

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.


Make It Happen Opportunities

If you are learning  with Manchester Adult Education and 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.

OpportunityDescriptionHow you will learn
Make it Happen Focus WeekIf you are looking for work but are lacking in confidence and your abilities after being out of work for a while, join this course to help you identify 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 hours). You will work both individually and in small groups with social distancing measures applied. Some sessions will be delivered online, and your tutor will give you instructions on how to join.
Make it Happen Meet Ups Join a Make It Happen Meet Up to learn more about getting work ready. Topics covered include CVs, cover letters, recruitment processes, work experience, volunteering, meeting job specifications and much more.In this 2.5 hour session, you will learn in small groups. You will be guided through a tutor presentation and given clear tasks to help you to progress with your next steps in your action plan. You will have access to self study materials and links to online resources will be shared.
Preparing for Work ExperienceAttend this workshop to learn more about what to expect from a work experience placement, how to present your best self to employers, the importance of networking and how to develop your workplace skills.In this 2.5 hour session, you will learn in small groups. You will be guided through a tutor presentation, and given clear tasks to help you to progress with your next steps in the development of your employability skills. You will have access to self study materials and links to online resources will be shared.
Make It Happen WebinarsOur online 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 jobsearching will ensure you can present your best self to employers and make the impact you need to secure work or progress in work.Webinars will be delivered through Google Suite for Education. You will be given suggested actions to improve your career prospects and will be offered optional follow up 1-1 support using Google Meet.
Make It Happen Retrain: New DirectionsThis course is for you, if you are looking for a career transfer as a result of recent Covid -19 economic impact. If you have lost employment and are looking to quickly secure a role within a different career, we can help you to determine where your strengths, skills and mindset are well suited. This intensive three week course will initially be delivered using a blended approach. The 15 hours of taught sessions each week will cover a range of employability topics including – skills reframing, resilience and adaptability, interview techniques, recruiting sectors information, interpersonal communication and job networking online. You will be equipped to confidently apply for work, at all recruitment stages. The course also incorporates techniques to maintain resilience and wellbeing despite challenging circumstances.
To maintain physical distancing, a significant proportion of this course will be delivered through online group sessions using G Suite for Education. However physically distanced small group sessions and individual sessions will also be offered at MAES’ adult learning centres (or at employer’s premises if requested). You will be expected to work individually and within suggested smaller groups.
Volunteer Digital MentoringIf you are a Digital Champion or planning to volunteer as a Digital Champion, then this course will support you in your volunteer role. Join this course to develop your skills, knowledge and approach to be a confident volunteer digital mentor. This 15 hour online course is delivered through Google Suite for Education over 3 weeks. Activities will include meets, sub group tasks and individual activities.
Make It Happen Core SkillsThis course is suitable for you if you are:
•looking to develop your English, Maths and Digital Skills in order to secure employment and be effective in your new role
•preparing for selection processes including aptitude testing
•moving from a manual job to something more ‘desk based’
•looking to secure a promotion and need to develop your skills
Available online. Sessions held over 2 days for a total of six weeks. You will work according to your level and your needs.

Our online courses are delivered through Google for Education.  You will be given a Manchester Adult Education email address take part in online meets and access resources and activities. 

Please find the link to join the Make It Happen Webinars below

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