Matty's Story


Matty, 22, from Denton landed his dream job on a primetime TV show, thanks to Greater Manchester Talent Match.

Matty went to university after leaving school, and completed a degree in animation and creative media. But when his mum was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer in 2014, Matt took some time out to help.

Matty said, "This was the second time my mum had been diagnosed with cancer, so I became her carer, helping her with her appointments and shopping."

And after 9 months of chemotherapy treatment, his mum, Sharon, was thankfully given the all clear, so Matty started to look for work as he wanted to financially secure himself.

Matty said, "I knew what I wanted to do, but just didn’t know how. A friend of mine was already on the employment programme and he’d told me the Talent Coach was really informative and gave some good advice, so I sent an email to Peak Valley Housing Association".

In June 2016 Matty had his first meeting with Talent Coach Nicholas Mockridge from Peak Valley Housing Association.

Matty said, "Nick would send me emails about job vacancies and training and one was about a jobs roadshow in Manchester. There was going to be loads of employers, so I thought I’m definitely going to that!"

And it was whilst at the jobs fair that Matt notice that TV presenter, Jeremy Kyle giving a talk. Matty said, "When the mic first came round for questions I was a bit nervous, but then I thought, I’m at a jobs fayre – I’m going to ask him for a job!"

Matty added, "I told him that I was looking for work as a grip [a camerman’s assistant] and he told me it was very gruelling and demanding, but I said ‘I’m ready for that."

Matty was asked to stay behind, where he gave his details to the crew, and just two days later ITV got in touch and offer him a part-time job as a runner on the Jeremy Kyle Show.

Matty with his Talent CoachMatty said: "I was shell shocked, it still doesn’t feel real, when I told my mum she was so proud."

And Matty is now due to start work in September, providing support to the production team on set.

Matty said: "I’m so excited, I really want to make a good impression. Talent Match is a great opportunity, and I wouldn’t have known about the roadshow without it. Nick has been a terrific help, and he pushes you in the right direction."

Talent Coach Nick, said, "I’m really proud of Matty, he’s got his head screwed on and is already doing his stuff. This is a fantastic opportunity, and my role now is to continue to support him as he settles into his new role."

Marie Graham, Programme Manager for Greater Manchester Talent Match said, "We are thrilled that Matty has been given this opportunity by the Jeremy Kyle Show. One of the core aims of Greater Manchester Talent Match is to support young people to find employment opportunities that match their skills and talents and are right for them. Well done to Matty for taking the initiative to ask for this opportunity and we wish him all the best with it."

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