Brick Skills

We provide vocational training and personal development in a social enterprise workspace for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness and/or financial vulnerability. This project is underpinned by 3 key outcomes for people: improved financial stability, improved support networks and improved engagement with meaningful activities.

We work very closely with our Business Community to find placements and work experience for the people that we support ranging from taster days through to placements of 1-2 days a week as well as career and interview coaching. 

The Brick Skills project is here for people who are experiencing tough times; we help remove the barriers that stop people from reaching their potential. The project helps people to leave homelessness and poverty behind them for good, by offering meaningful activities and the chance to learn new skills – either in house or in a community setting. Individuals are supported by a team of professional, compassionate, and non-judgemental staff in an informal, supportive setting. We encourage people to fulfil their ambitions at their own pace without pressure. We work very closely with our business community to find placements and work experience for people that we support ranging from taster days through to placements of 1-2 days a week.

We provide career and interview coaching, building confidence and a pathway to independence. We are keen to remove digital barriers and offer classes and one to one support in IT and computer skills. The programme of activities and structured volunteering typically runs for 6 months with clear self-determined outcomes placing the person at the centre of their pathway. In addition to the daily timetable of activities, for those that want to take the next step in their personal development, we offer the opportunity to join our FLEX Training scheme. We will work with individuals to give them the confidence to go out into their community via various work experience opportunities, further education, external volunteering and even paid employment. 

Trainees can choose to learn new skills in a real-life working environment, options include bike maintenance, customer service, painting and decorating, kitchen support, deliveries and collections, facilities management, office admin and waste recycling. In addition, our amazing business supporters offer other opportunities such as free places on training courses, skill sharing or volunteer days to run sessions and activities either in the Brick Works or on their own premises.


Open 10am-2.30pm weekdays at Brick Works, 4 Hodson St, Wigan WN3 4EN

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