Inspired to Aspire


’Inspired to Aspire’ works primarily with young people aged 16-19 who are not engaged in education, employment or training (NEET) but are ready to commit the time and effort required to improve their knowledge, skills and employability level.  Inspired to Aspire provides access to personalised one to one mentoring support and practical working experiences with the aim of inspiring participants to re-engage with education, employment or training. Inspired to aspire has a number of different pathways tailored to help young people succeed; some of these options are explained in more detail below:

’Inspired to Aspire Salford’
This project is aimed at young people that that have yet to decide the area of work in which they see their future. The project supports and guides them to make informed choices through work-readiness and practical skills training and intensive mentoring. The project also links into Maths and English providers so that participants can complete or raise their functional skills level. Participants can access long-term placements or structured ’work-tasters/skills master-classes’ to secure a diverse set of opportunities and progression pathways. Young people can be supported to achieve a range of vocational qualifications such as first aid and CSCS card.
’Inspired to Aspire Spinningfields’
and Salford Foundation have developed a partnership to equip young people between the ages of 16 and 19 who are at risk or are disengaged from learning with vocational and work based opportunities in Spinningfields, City Centre Manchester. This programme is for young people who envisage progression into a private sector profession. The project provides personalised support for all young people and helps guide them into an appropriate progression route. In addition to this the project offers a range of long term work placements; practical skills training and work taster sessions with high profile companies. Participants have access to Functional Skills if required as well as business mentors to enable better access to mainstream services and opportunities.

’Inspired to Aspire Engagement Support Service’
Salford City College
and Salford Foundation have teamed up to provide support to students at risk of disengagement and/or exclusion. Personalised one to one mentoring assists learners to maintain focus, address issues and barriers to learning with the intention to re-engage with mainstream college programmes. In addition to personalised support, group sessions are held on topics including managing emotions, drugs and alcohol awareness and employability skills and attitude. Students can get involved in leisure enrichment activities to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.

The Inspired to Aspire Referral Form is in the Downloads section on the left hand side of this page. 

If you believe you have a young person who would benefit from the support of the ’Inspired to Aspire’ project please contact
Phil East on 0161 787 8500 or via email

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