Celebrating 5 years of Employment and Enterprise Support

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group is celebrating 5 years of its Real Opportunities Programme and the opening of the Enterprise Centre.

Real Opportunities is in its fifth year since launching, during which time over 800 people have been helped into work. The advice and guidance service works with partners and communities groups, to ensure local residents can get the support they need, regardless of their circumstances.

The Real Opportunities name and brand has developed over the years, working with local employers to offer exclusive vacancies to its members, including the likes of Amazon, Metrolink, Beckston Lewis, Sim Trava (Costa), Virgin Media, Manchester Airport, Vodaphone plus many more.

More recently, Real Opportunities is driving the ‘Skills for Employment’ Initiative which is a great way for local people who want to experience different work environments, gain skills, improve confidence and self-esteem before they apply for positions in the job market.

Another milestone is 5 Years of the thriving Enterprise Centre based in Benchill which is home to an impressive 25 small to medium size businesses, 17 of them from the M22, M23 area of Manchester. The Centre is a Hub of networking and activity which is a great environment to do business.

Since being opened by Sir Richard Leese and Paul Goggins MP in October 2011, the Enterprise Centre has provided office space to over 80 businesses and provided business support to more than 250 Wythenshawe entrepreneurs.

Executive Director of Housing Jacque Allen said, “Real Opportunities and The Enterprise Centre have supported 100’s of people into work. Either by helping people apply for jobs or by supporting them to start up in business. Hopefully, Wythenshawe people will continue to use both these successful services for another 5 years”.