Develop your skills with our Study Programmes, Pre-apprenticeships and Apprenticeships at Central YMCA Manchester
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Manchester centre

There are opportunities in Manchester for school-leavers and young people who want to improve their skills and chances of finding employment. But, knowing where to look can sometimes feel overwhelming. That's where we can help.

  • Looking for an alternative to 6th form or college?
  • Want to improve your CV with work experience?
  • Ready to take on an apprenticeship?
  • Want to become more confident?
  • More employable?
  • More prepared for your future?

If yes, we can help you – it’s all about finding the right choice for you.

In Manchester

We offer courses for 16-19 year olds through our Study Programmes and Pre-apprenticeships in:

  • Fitness Training Academy

As well as Apprenticeships across eight subject areas, from Business Admin to Horticulture.

We partner with employers from all across the North West to give you access to the best training opportunities after you leave school. From large multi-site employers, (like BUPA and McDonalds Hotels), to local nursery schools and health and fitness clubs, we’re connected.

Each of our centres offers training within different subject areas; see our training courses in Salford.

The right choice for you

Here’s an outline of the programmes Central YMCA offers in Manchester. If you’d like to talk through your options, please give us a call on: 0161 826 3583.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes are the first step for school leavers, aged 16-19 years. Over 12 months, you’ll study for a vocational (practical) qualification and gain some work experience. You’ll also build on your employability skills and achieve the level of maths and English that employers look for.

Fitness Training Academy

The FTA is an alternative to college and A-levels for 16-18-year olds. The FTA gives you a step into the fitness industry with a fully-funded two-year course.

In that time, you’ll become a qualified Personal Trainer and gain professional experience with weekly work placements at established fitness and leisure clubs.


Pre-apprenticeships are a way for 16-24-year olds to develop first-hand experience of the workplace with a 6-month pre-apprenticeship (sometimes called an internship).

We reach out to employers for you to make sure we line up work experience in your area of interest.

Getting work experience is one of the best ways of signalling to an employer that you’re ready for work.


If you already have some relevant work experience, and a strong level of maths and English too, you may feel ready to go straight for an apprenticeship. Anyone between the ages of 16-65 can apply to become an apprentice. Read more about apprenticeships, how they work and what’s expected of you.

Where we are


Y Club
Castlefield Liverpool Road
M3 4JR

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0161 826 3583

Opening times
Monday - Friday
8.30am - 4.30pm

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