Supporting Employability

Supporting Employability

Schools have a duty to ensure that their students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the world of work, but at Co-op Academy Manchester we also want to help increase opportunities for local adults.

The Hive – a hub for adult employability in North Manchester

The Hive exterior

Formally opened in 2016 by Graham Stringer MP, The Hive offers two things to the local community.

Firstly, our partners Yes Manchester offer help and support to those looking for work. They are based at The Hive three days a week.

Secondly, we offer affordable office space at The Hive for start-ups and small businesses. Details about the pods available for hire can be found here.

Over the years we have been proud to work with Yes who have helped hundreds of people into work through The Hive.

We have also enjoyed working with a wide-variety of businesses, from creatives working in graphic design to accountants and administrative teams from local community organisations. It’s been delightful to grow partnerships that have benefitted these businesses and also own students, who get to see entreprenuers at the school gates.

And don’t forget, as a large school we are also a significant employer in the neighbourhood. All our jobs are listed on our vacancies page.

Working with businesses to develop our students’ employability

Our award winning careers programme includes activities which bring together students with employers – from work experience and practice job interviews to joining lessons in real life (or by videocall).

These experiences of the world of work are vital in helping young people develop their career aspirations, and they sit alongside the in-depth careers interviews students receive from our qualified Careers Advisor.

It’s what we do

Co-op Academy Manchester is one of a number of academies sponsored by Co-op – a business with a long heritage of supporting local communities. Like Co-op, we are committed to improving the communities we serve. We seek to build on the strengths and help overcome the challenges of the neighbourhood as seen in the Community Wellbeing Index.

We are always looking to build new relationships with organisations committed to increasing the employability of young people and local adults. Please contact the Community Team to find out more. Email us on or call the academy on 0161 795 3005.

Lee Davies
Director of Community, Comms & Digital