News stories from Greater Manchester Talent Match

January 2017
Abbie at Get Oldham Working Abbie helps to shape employment for young people in Oldham

Abbie, 20, from Oldham played a leading role in helping to shape a local Council’s traineeship programme for people with learning disabilities

After a long period of unemployment, Abbie joined Greater Manchester Talent Match and with the support of her Talent Coach took part in a number of work and volunteer opportunities.


December 2016
Looking back at 2016...

We've achieved so much this year and we'd like to thank everybody who has been involved in the programme in 2016. Without our Talent Coaches, young people, governance groups, employers, host organisations, delivery partners and stakeholders, we would not have been able to achieve what we have.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Big Conversation Banner The Big Conversation is back for its fourth year!

When: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Where: People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

Time: 12.30 – 4.00 Lunch will be provided

We're looking for employers to attend The Big Conversation.

The Big Conversation is an upbeat and informative event bringing...

Talent Coaches Talent Coaches hold December Forum

On Wednesday 14th December, Greater Manchester Talent Match Talent Coaches attended their main forum, held at the St Thomas Conference Centre in Ardwick.

The event was split into three parts, a training session for Talent Coaches on housing ran by WTB Solicitors, our...

The Youth Panel at their residential Youth Panel Residential

The annual Greater Manchester Talent Match residential took place at Kingswood Centre in Colomendy, Wales.  It is an opportunity for the Youth Panel to have some fun after all the hard work they’ve done this year, it’s also the chance for the group to get to know each other and welcome new members to the Youth Panel.

Activities they took part in included flying down a giant zipwire, kayaking and...

The Commissioning Panel A fond farewell to our Commissioning Panel

Following our fourth and final commissioning round, our Commissioning Panel met for a final time to agree their dispansion.

The Commissioning Panel have been a key part of the programme over our first three years. From our Pilot round, where they agreed the commissioning of twelve...

Katie Katie shines during Learning Disability Work Experience Week

Katie, 23, has a learning disability and has made a life choice to not verbally communicate.

After working with her Talent Coach, Gemma, at Mencap, she showed great knowledge and skills at using a computer.

As a result of this talent, Gemma linked Katie up with Well Pharmacy, where, as part of Learning Disability Work...

November 2016
Future Proof: Greater Manchester

On 13th October, Business in the Community, supported by the City & Guilds Group, and in association with Greater Manchester Talent Match, brought over 70 local employers and stakeholders together to for a Future Proof Assembly to explore the challenges and opportunities of recruiting young talent in the Greater Manchester area.

The discussion section of the event...

What are we doing in your local authority area?

We have just published our Local Area Report on the Reports page of the website

This report covers the level of beneficiary engagement with Greater Manchester Talent Match in each Greater Manchester local authority. It includes the numbers engaged, Talent Coach coverage, job...

Nathan at his job Nathan's job joy

A budding garden enthusiast has got his big break, thanks to his Talent Coach at Peak Valley Housing Association.

Nathan, 21, from Hattersley, has always aspired to be a gardener, but on completing his Level 1 in Horticulture at Tameside College back in 2011, he struggled to find paid work.

Through working with his Talent Coach, Nathan is working full time at...