Providing opportunities for young people

We’re keen to help young people achieve their aspirations. If you’re aged over 16, we offer opportunities for you to learn, train, volunteer and get into work. We also run and support a variety of community-based activities that help children and young adults learn new skills, connect with others and build their confidence.

How we can help

We have six UCAN centres across the town with dedicated staff who can help you get a job, access training and work placements, or do some volunteering. They can help with CVs and applications, job hunting and interview techniques.

You can also access these services through our new Aptem employment support hub. Aptem has all the tools you need to help you get into work – all from your phone or laptop. To register, you’ll need to visit one of our UCAN centres but, after that, you can manage your job hunting online.

Our UCAN centres are based in Tonge Moor, Breightmet, Deane, Farnworth, Johnson Fold and Great Lever location and contact details can he found here. Our computers and telephones are free to use and each centre offers training courses in areas such as IT, first aid and health and safety.

To help you make a good impression in interviews, why not use our Working Wardrobe service? Here, you can choose from a selection of good-quality, second-hand suits, as well as shoes and accessories. You simply make an appointment for a ‘fitting’ at our shop on 54 Bradshawgate. To find out more, visit

The latest ONS (Office of National Statistics) figures show that, nationally, the unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.1% in November 2021-January 2022.

Support with mental health

Some of the young people we support lack self-confidence, have anxiety and depression or other challenges. If you’re experiencing poor mental health, we can work with you to help you overcome any problems you might have.

Our UCAN centres can give you tailored support or refer you to specialist services to help you move forward with your life and achieve your goals. Mental health support is provided through partnerships with local organisations, such as BAND and MHIST and we also work closely with Starts with you for combined employment and barrier busting support, all depending on a person’s individual needs.

Apprenticeships and training

Over the years we’ve run a number of apprenticeship and work experience schemes for unemployed people. More recently, we’ve provided work placements through the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

Eleven people aged 16-24 have completed six-month paid job placements in roles such as project assistant, repairs contact co-ordinator, administration assistant, youth support worker and community health and wellbeing coach. Of these 11, nine have secured a new job, one has gone to university and one is currently looking for work.

All the latest opportunities are advertised on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Turning lives around

We’ve helped hundreds of young people get ahead in work, training and education – and we can help you too. Here are some words from just a few of our former Kickstart employees.

“The Kickstart programme was hugely beneficial for me, both personally and professionally. It gave me the opportunity to work for a quality employer and get the experience I needed to progress in my career. I was encouraged to see the value in my own skills, which helped me get my self-belief back after being unemployed for so long. The regular life coaching sessions were invaluable and changed my outlook completely. I was also able to build a professional network of people, which helped me get a permanent role here at Bolton at Home.”

- A former Kickstart employee

“My new job is going well and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. This role really suits me and I’ve made lots of progress so far. I’ve been given the opportunity to train new starters within my team which has been really enjoyable. Thank you for helping me find myself again. I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me over the six-month placement. I’ve got my confidence back.”

- Liam Ritchie

“The support from Niki and the UCAN team has been amazing and I feel like I’ve come on in leaps and bounds as a person throughout the placement. I wasn’t in a great place mentally before Kickstart but the placement has pushed and motivated me. I was made redundant during the pandemic and then I struggled to find work because I didn’t have enough experience. But the training and support I’ve had during the placement has given me the confidence to start applying for jobs again.”

- A former Kickstart employee

“I was looking for a way to get experience in an administration role but was finding it difficult. Then Kickstart came along. After six months in the People Development Team at Bolton at Home, I secured a full-time role in the Business Services Team as an administration assistant. During the placement, I got to take part in a sailing challenge with other staff. It involved sailing around the UK, which was an incredible experience for me.”

- Abi Shaw

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