Making a difference with jobs and skills for local communities

The stories of four University colleagues take centre stage in a feature in the Manchester Evening News, showing how we offer good quality work and job opportunities to people living in our neighbouring communities. The university’s 12,500 employees have joined through a diverse range of routes, including apprenticeships and The Works programme, and enjoy access to a range of additional benefits.

Branko Kovacevic, Samantha Grieve, Lewis Mosey and Alisha Quinn each tell their stories of how they came to work at the University through some of our socially responsible recruitment routes. The University will also be launching a new Apprenticeship strategy in Autumn 2023.

The full feature and accompanying film can be seen at:

Alisha and Lewis both joined as apprentices. Alisha is now a workshop technician in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, while Lewis is an IT service business analyst.

He says: -What gives me the most job satisfaction is that it is such a calm, collected and empathetic place to work. As an employee, you really want to be cared for by your employer and we are.-

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What gives me the most job satisfaction is that it is such a calm, collected and empathetic place to work. As an employee, you really want to be cared for by your employer and we are.


Samantha joined through Kickstart, a government scheme to support people into work, initially as an apprentice before gaining a permanent role as a recruitment support assistant in the People and Organisational Development team.

And Branko joined the University eight years ago through The Works , our innovative employment and training initiative at the heart of our local community in Ardwick, and now works in the Beehive Cafe in Oddfellows Hall.