GM Talent Match bring the house down at the People's Powerhouse

Two women stood to either side of Ed Miliband MP. They are all smiling

On Wednesday 12th of July, Greater Manchester Talent Match attended the People’s Powerhouse event in Doncaster.

The event, held as a response to the Northern Powerhouse, brought together practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, local people and stakeholders with an aim to share best practice, learn, debate policy and share what’s working.

Speakers included Andy Burnham (Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester), Lord Victor Adebowale, Ed Cox (IPPR North) and Helen Pidd (Guardian Editor, North).

In a pre-event dinner, guests joined a sit down dinner with Ed Miliband MP.

During the event, we ran a well attended workshop, titled, Do we really need 5 GCSEs to be a good employee? which looked at the barriers young people face in achieving employment and whether employers are missing out on talent because of academic requirements.

During the day, eighteen workshops took place, focusing on a range of topics including behavioural insights, devolution, citizen’s participation, inclusive growth, universal basic income and community wealth building.

Youth Panel member Charlie Lisle spoke at the event, bringing the house down with her comedic and emotional observations about being unemployed, looking for work and her journey into employment.

In a press release about the event, organisers said; “Our aim is to bring about a step change in the debate, starting at this event.  We’re committed to sharing your collective expertise and creating a new movement, putting people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans, not at the periphery”

Marie Graham, Programme manager at Greater Manchester Talent Match said, “It was a truly inspirational experience, it’s great to see such a variety of people who really want to make a difference. All ideas radical or otherwise were up for debate and I’m sure we will see some really positive changes happening as a result of the event”.