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Welcome to the September edition of Greater Manchester Talent Match e-news

Hello , and welcome to the September edition of our monthly e-news updates on the work of Greater Manchester Talent Match. This e-news includes a collection of bitesize news from the huge amount of work the programme has achieved in the past month. You can navigate this update by using the links within the contents below.

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We are supporting over one thousand young people!
Our Talent Coaches are now supporting over 1000 young people across Greater Manchester. You can read the stories of just a handful of these on our My Story Page.

Young people take part in pop-up restaurant
Great news from Talent Coach host EAT Pennines, where many of their young people are taking part in a 'Pop-up' restaurant at The Stables, Heaton Park as part of a training course. There are still a few tables left, from 6.30pm-8.00pm Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October. Bookings only and pay what you think the meal is worth. For more information, and to book a table email or call 0161 258 4476.


Community decide who hosts new Talent Coaches
Young people and Talent Coaches were joined by representatives of voluntary organisations and local authorities to decide the final commissioning round for the programme. Decisions for funding were made on the day. We will announce the successful organisations in the next edition of the e-news.

Talent Coaches develop stronger links with local employers
In mid-September, Talent Coaches were joined by Rob Devlin, a Resourcing and Talent Consultant, who worked with them on engaging and working with employers in their local area.

Youth Panel Evaluations

Youth Panel Evaluation
The Youth Panel spoke to over 90 young people over three days as part of their programme evaluation. Young people were asked about their Talent Coach, their journey and being on the programme as part of the interactive events.

Have your say on what happens in Greater Manchester
Two major consultations are happening at the moment which will impact on people in Greater Manchester:


Meet James, who went from learning guitar to performing on stage as part of his volunteering story. When James joined the programme, his confidence was low and he spent most of his time at home. Through volunteering, his confidence has grown and he has achieved some great things.
Click here to read the rest of James' Story.


When Kieron, 24, from Rochdale joined Greater Manchester Talent Match, he was at risk of homelessness following a life of depression and mental illness that lead to low confidence in himself and his abilities. After working with his Talent Coach from Groundwork BBOR, he has now been in his job for over a year and is loving every moment.
Click here to read the rest of Kieron's Story.

September infographic

The Greater Manchester Talent Match Opportunities Hub is the place to find holistic support, guidance and advice in your journey to being work-ready. New opportunities are added every day including work experience, training, apprenticeships, events and job fairs, volunteering opportunities and more. In this section of the e-news, Janice Drew, our Opportunities Hub Officer, picks out her top three current opportunities:

Bolton Jobs and Skills Fair @ Bolton College
Bolton’s biggest employment and training event is back!  Find seasonal work and long term jobs with a range of employers from around the Bolton area.

Ready For Work Programme with Business in the Community
Looking to work in retail, construction or admin/office support? Ready for Work is Business in the Community’s national programme that engages business to support disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment.

The LAB Project @ Benchill Community Centre
The LAB Project is a two week course for age 19+ unemployed people, helping to develop communication skills, confidence and motivation, to enable progression into employment, further training or volunteering.

For more opportunities visit the Opportunities Hub by clicking here.


Future Proof Assembly: Greater Manchester
On 13th October 2016, Business in the Community, in association with Greater Manchester Talent Match and supported by the City & Guilds Group, will bring together over 100 business delegates, specifically senior HR practitioners from all sectors, to create a future proof blueprint for developing Greater Manchester’s future workforce. More information and book your place.

Thank you for your continued interest in Greater Manchester Talent Match, we hope that you found this e-news interesting and please do let us know if you have any thoughts on the way we should keep in touch with you.

The Greater Manchester Talent Match Project Team.


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