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Education Business Services

We're proud to be one of the most successful providers of career management services to schools and colleges in the UK.

With over 18 years of experience, our team of expert careers professionals give the right advice at the right time.

Our comprehensive careers programmes help schools and colleges to meet statutory requirements and Gatsby Benchmarks and evaluate their impact. We give students the knowledge and competitive edge needed to achieve the best possible career outcomes.  By working closely with our customers, we create distinctive and inspiring CEIAG packages tailored to their specific needs.

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Our services include:

  • One-to-one careers information advice and guidance interviews (including goal-focused action planning)
  • Full cohort reviews, using a range of indicators to target support
  • Evidence-based interventions to enthuse and engage students
  • Consultancy on how schools and colleges can embed the latest labour market information into curriculum subject areas
  • Direct links to local employers
  • Targeted group sessions, depending on student need, including specialist support to develop resilience and personal agency
  • Work experience placements and internships
  • Support with applications to Post 16 education, employment and training opportunities
  • Specialist advice and information regarding applications to Higher Education
  • Employability Needs Assessment using a range of high quality, tried and tested psychometric measures.

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Career Connect has access to the latest information and resources, providing careers advice, coaching and mentoring support that makes a real difference to the lives of students and their families, as they navigate career and learning opportunities.

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To find out how we can help call or email Carmel Skidmore or Chloe Elliott:
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Connect My Career Outplacement

If you’re an employer, faced with reducing your staff during difficult times, our Outplacement service can help.

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Connect My Career Outplacement helps businesses and staff facing redundancy, downsizing or internal restructure situations. Our expert career coaches help staff transition into a new job roles, update job search skills and prepare for the challenges of today’s competitive jobs market.

Our dedicated website explains how our service can help you, your staff and your business.

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All learning is supported by our digital platform, Connect My Career, which offers a full suite of online resources, from CV writing and interview tips to an A.I. interview simulator, letting staff practise new techniques and start the next stage of their career with renewed confidence, positivity and support.

We offer a range of support packages to suit all budgets – from online access to ‘connect my career’ to one-to-one advice with a dedicated career coach.  We also offer executive support for senior staff and employees with specialised skills.

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To find out how we can help call or email Daisy Burns:
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Achieve North West Connect (ANWC)

Achieve North West Connect (ANWC) delivers the CFO3 contract across the NW. This is funded by HMPPS CFO and ESF.

Achieve North West Connect is a social inclusion project that targets offenders with multiple barriers to employment e.g. accommodation, substance misuse and issues with mental/physical health. Targeting such individuals ensures that those who are not currently accessing mainstream provision, can be supported into jobs.  Case managers offer intensive support to participants to enable their journey towards employment.

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The programme began in July 2015 and runs until August 2023.

Our award-winning Achieve North West Connect team has a proven track record of delivering Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) European Social Fund (ESF) programmes since 2010. Our case managers, partners and sub-contractors, provide specialist services in offender focused education, training, employment (ETE) and social inclusion.

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New Leaf

Building Better Opportunities for people in Cheshire & Warrington

We are one of many partners involved in the New Leaf project, supporting offenders from across Warrington and Cheshire who genuinely want to move away from offending and change their lives and the lives of their families. New Leaf brings together partners from across Warrington and Cheshire to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to local communities and the regional economy.

New Leaf programme has been allocated funding through the Building Better Opportunities programme and is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, which provides investment in local projects that increase economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.

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To find out how we can help call or email Dave:
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Springboard Cheshire

Springboard is an employment and skills programme to support people living in the Cheshire and Warrington area being led by the Torus Foundation.

If you are out of work Springboard gives you the support you need to get straight into employment.

You may have been made redundant recently, chosen to change your career or just left college – Springboard gives you the support you need to start your new career.

You will get personalised one-to-one wrap-around support to build on skills you already have and get applying for roles that are right for you.

As well as real support, you will have the chance to access a range of real jobs providing you with real opportunities for your future.

It’s not about just finding you a job but providing you with short term support to start your long term career.

Springboard is open to anyone aged 18 and above in Cheshire and Warrington who is unemployed and has the right to work in the United Kingdom.

How it works

When you join Springboard you work with one of our qualified expert employment advisors to get into employment as soon as possible. They have the knowledge, skills and local connections to help you make the most of skills you already have and find and start a new career and then stay in it.

The support you get is personalised and on a one-to-one basis with one of our advisors based around Cheshire and Warrington. You can meet with them locally face-to-face or online, whichever is best for you.

You will have the chance to meet with them at least once week but will be able to get in touch with them at any time.

Your advisor will work with you to build your confidence and really develop your skills and also provide practical support and training on things like developing a CV, interview technique and digital skills.

We work with small and medium sized local businesses offering a range of diverse roles and there are opportunities for you to take up one of these roles – potentially leading to a permanent full-time job.

Your advisor will be on hand to help you apply for these roles and other ones in Cheshire and Warrington and beyond that you may be suitable for as well as any training.

You can get support through Springboard for a maximum of 13 weeks but our aim is to get you into employment as quickly as possible.

Taking part in Springboard is completely free and will not impact on your access to benefits such as Universal Credit, but your employment advisor will be able to help make sure you are accessing the full range of benefits available to you and your family. 

Who is it for?

Springboard is open to anyone aged 18 and above in Cheshire and Warrington who is unemployed and has the right to work in the United Kingdom (a valid passport or birth certificate will need to be shown. We can help you get these if you don’t have one).

You need to be out of work when you start Springboard, but if you know your job is coming to an end you can still get in touch now and get yourself signed up.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and if you have any specific requirements please let us know so we can make sure these are accommodated.

How to apply

We want to hear from you. To register your interest in taking part in Springboard, go to, alternatively email [email protected] or call 03300 1234 090.

Springboard is delivered by Career Connect in the Cheshire East region and by the Torus Foundation in Cheshire West, Chester, or Warrington.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for Springboard, get in touch and a member of the Springboard team will be happy to talk to you about the options that are available.

Springboard Cheshire is led by Torus Foundation and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), Torus Foundation and Springboard Cheshire delivery and strategic partners.

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To find out how we can help call or email Dave Carter:
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Supporting Young People

Career Connect has been appointed by Local Authorities across the Liverpool City Region, Manchester and Salford to support young people, to ensure they are engaging with the range of work and learning opportunities.

Our dedicated community teams work alongside local partners, supporting young people with their career planning.  We help young people identify how to move forward with career choices and overcome barriers they encounter. By tracking, we can identify participants who drop out and help them re-engage with education, employment and training.

Navigating the change from school to employment can be difficult for those young people who need extra encouragement and motivation to get their career on track.  We offer a range of methods to help young people turn their career ambitions into reality.  Among these are:

  • Impartial careers advice & guidance based on local labour market intelligence.
  • Support writing CVs and complete application forms
  • Help preparing for interviews

We take time to understand each young person’s career aims, their strengths and areas they need to develop.  Consequently, this helps us to raise young people’s aspirations, including those who are hard to reach and from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds. We show them how our programmes can help them achieve their career goals and guide them through the steps they need to take.

Our teams work in the heart of the community they support, so we’re right where young people need us.  This means they can access the right support to find the right way forward for them.

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To find out how we can help call or email :
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Connect To Your Future

Connect To Your Future is an engagement & mentoring programme for 15-19-year-olds in Greater Manchester who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority awarded Career Connect £5 million from the European Social Fund to deliver this strand of its NEET and Youth Employment Programme.

Connect To Your Future helps young people ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. COVID-19 has had many impacts on young people, including missed education, social isolation and anxiety. Many may feel disengaged from mainstream education and support services.

Our programme provides tailored mentoring and wellbeing support to help them achieve positive career outcomes. Our key workers work with local partners to support young people at key transition points in their career journey. These include leaving school or starting college, training or employment.

Connect To Your Future helps young people to identify their career options and identify learning and work opportunities.  We also offer support and encouragement to help them build self-confidence, motivation and resilience to progress to sustainable career outcomes.

We aim to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.

15-19 and live in Manchester? Get in touch with the Connect To Your Future team via email: [email protected] or call 0162 232 7863.

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You can also contact Career Connect Manchester via email: [email protected] or call 0162 232 7863.

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To find out how we can help call or email Stacey Burgess :
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Professional Training Services

We deliver high quality, nationally accredited qualifications to improve skills in Careers, Advice & Guidance, Coaching and other programmes.

Our qualifications run from Level 2 to Level 6, including the CEC funded Careers Leaders Programme. We are accredited to deliver courses through awarding bodies including OCR, City & Guilds, ILM and Open Awards.

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Career Connect is an Assessment Centre for Entry to Level 2 Vocational Qualifications, accredited through Open Awards. This suite of short courses includes employability programmes and individual personal development modules that can be tailored to individual requirements.

We offer flexible, comprehensive training, delivered to suit the needs of individual learners.  Our professional and experienced trainers and assessors work with candidates across many sectors including local authorities, schools, colleges, housing associations and universities.

We have made our courses more accessible by offering face-to-face or distance learning via digital platforms. This allows us to support candidates delivering careers advice & guidance in the UK and around the world. We also have experience of delivering training to speakers of other languages.

Our most popular courses include:

  • Careers Leaders (commissioned by the CEC)
  • Advice & Guidance Levels 3 and 4
  • Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice
  • Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
  • Open Awards short courses

We are proud of our 98% candidate success rates.

Download our brochure to find out how to apply for our Career Leaders programme.

Contact us to discuss how we can support your business or for a quote.

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To find out how we can help call or email Lynn Rimmer:
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