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Since 2002, we have been offering a bespoke, no-cost recruitment service to hundreds of employers, many of whom come back to us time and again to fulfil their recruitment needs. The company is now the largest provider of workforce solutions in Cheshire, with a significant footprint in central Manchester. Originally founded as Cheshire Training Associates, the company rebranded in 2015 as Armstrong Works to reflect its activities beyond the Cheshire area.

For over a decade we have been helping people from a wide range of backgrounds to develop and prepare their skills for work and to find employment.

Armstrong Works has developed an excellent track record of delivering sustained employment, with unparalleled Work Programme performance across Cheshire and Greater Manchester, for Prime Contractors G4S and Seetec. Outstanding performance is achieved through impeccable centre resources and experienced, well motivated staff, allied to an effective performance management ethos across the business.

In addition to the two Work Programme contracts, we also deliver Skills for Employment, Lifegoals, an Adult Skills programme and A Traineeship programme as well as  the Steps 2 Success programme.

In England, operations are run from central Manchester,  covering all population centres and rural areas in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington.

In Northern Ireland, centres in Bangor and Newtownards, serve County Down and the Ards Peninsula.

All delivery is enhanced by Head Office support, based in central Manchester. This includes, finance, human resources, quality and compliance, in-work support and claims functionality.

We pride ourselves on the commitment given to all our customers, whether partner employers or those gaining work. Please see our Testimonials.


Key Services

Adult Skills Programme

The Adult Skills Programme offers a range of short accredited BTEC level 1 and 2 courses to support people claiming out of work benefits who experience significant barriers to employment.
These barriers may include:
  • Long term unemployment
  • Ex-offenders
  • Severe debts problems
  • Homelessness or housing issues
  • Addiction
  • Literacy & Numeracy problems
  • Mental health problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Family problems
To find out if you are eligible for this programme or would like further information please contact us on:  0161 2478094

Traineeship Programme

A traineeship provides an education and training programme which focuses on the needs of the employer, as well as providing young people with the skills and work experience they will need to find employment in a career sector of their choosing or to progress to an apprenticeship or further study.

Traineeships are aimed at 16-18 year olds and have no minimum entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for the Traineeship programme of are interested in offering a work experience placement  please contact us on:  0161 2478094

Skills for Employment

Skills for Employment is delivered across Greater Manchester and offers you 1-2-1 support to develop a personalised training and support plan to help you improve your skills and find sustainable employment.
You will have access to a Learning Mentor who over the programme, through 1-2-1 support will guide you to:
  • complete personalised skills training
  • participate in motivational and confidence building activities
  • undertake work experience
  • find sustainable employment
To find out if you are eligible for the Skills for Employment please contact us on:  0161 2478094

The Lifegoals programme

Life Goals is designed for 15-24 years who are not in employment, education or training.  This is a voluntary opportunity and individuals  can self refer We aim to work with people to help them to overcome any barriers they may be experiencing though initial assessment and diagnosis and working closely with a key worker.
The programme is delivered through one to one appointments and group training sessions covering areas such as confidence and motivation, team building, effective communication. IN addition people on programme will also be able to achieve a BTEC qualification
The programme aims to support people into education, an apprenticeship or employment and allows them to find out what they are really good at, giving them the ability to shape their future and achieve their ambitions.