Jack's Story

Man stood at lectern in front of crowd

Since Jack, 21, from Rochdale joined Greater Manchester Talent Match, his confidence has grown immeasurably.

Before joining Greater Manchester Talent Match, Jack had been out of education and work for about a year, he was low in confidence and motivation and suffered from anxiety and depression.

He started working with his Talent Coach, Aysha Bibi from Groundwork BBOR in August 2016.

It was a big step for Jack to agree to take part in the Prince’s Trust Team programme, a 12-week personal development programme, where young people are given the opportunities to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

In fact, after his first few sessions, he wanted to leave.

With support from Aysha, the Prince’s Trust Team Leader and his parents Jack rejoined the group and completed it through till the end. Despite some knock backs and wobbles along the way, Jack showed a great commitment to the course, which helped him to push his own boundaries and working with a diverse range of people.

Aysha explained, “Jack was even supporting another team member to overcome nerves on the day of the final presentation, which shows just how much his confidence has grown. The fact he managed to complete the Prince’s Team Programme is a massive achievement considering how he wanted to leave on the first day is a testament to how far he has come.”

Whilst on the course, Jack also took part in activities to help with his mental health and wellbeing.

In addition to taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team course, Jack has thrown himself into as many opportunities as he can. He took part in a Greater Manchester Talent Match run self-employment pilot scheme and a communications workshop run by Groundwork BBOR in addition to an internal focus group to help Greater Manchester Talent Match improve our exclusive opportunities.

Jack said, “Talent Match has helped out so much, not just in terms of my confidence but helping me on my road to finding work. “

Aysha added, “Jack has participated well, since starting the Talent Match. He’s attended appointments and worked with me to help him improve his life balance. He’s now at a stage where he would look for permanent, part-time work (which he was too anxious to do at the start of joining Talent Match) and has realistic aims set to help achieve short term and long-term goals.

She continued, “I’ve seen him overcome some of his barriers, improved confidence and motivation, learnt more about what employers want and become more employable himself. He’s developed as a person and is still open to support in areas where needed. I’m very proud of his achievements so far.”

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