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Welcome to the March edition of Greater Manchester Talent Match e-news
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Watch our film of the Big Conversation
The Big Conversation gave young people and employers the chance to meet in a relaxed space and challenge stereotypes they might have had about each other. Find out what they thought. To watch the film click here.

Building on relationships with Job Centre Plus
In order to improve local partnership working between the programme and Greater Manchester’s Job Centres, each Local Talent Coach Forum has been linked to a number of Jobcentres. Talent Coach key contacts will be visiting Job Centres throughout March to introduce themselves and the programme.

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Talent Coaches attend Mental Health First Aid Training
On 8th and 9th February a group of nineteen Talent Coaches completed a Mental Health First Aid Training course delivered by Re-Align Futures. Read what they thought here.

Introduction to Volunteering sessions
Sarah Gray, our Volunteering Development Officer has been supporting Greater Manchester Talent Match young people on Breakthrough UK’s pathway course by delivering Introduction to Volunteering sessions. You can read more here.

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National apprenticeship Week
We took some time last week to celebrate our brilliant apprentices on the project team. Vicky started her apprenticeship last year and Tahmina has just finished hers.

Tahmina's Story | Vicky's Story

My Story: Young people on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme
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Thomas, 21 from Bury was awarded with a creative media award from PANDA following a journey where he built his confidence through one-to-one sessions and a number of team building activities. Click here to read Thomas' Story.

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Charlotte, 19, from Wigan went from sitting at home alone to performing in front of an audience of 100 at The Big Conversation. Click here to read Charlotte's Story.

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Greater Manchester Talent Match Opportunities Hub

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:

BBC Young Ambassadors Scheme @ BBC MediaCityUK
BBC North is now recruiting for their next round of Young Ambassadors. They are looking for local young people to work in a variety of customer-facing and administrative roles. You will support our teams by welcoming and looking after our guests and facilities, and by helping out at the many internal and external events on site. 

Dame Kelly Holmes Get On Track Programme
Get On Track is a mentoring programme led by world-class athletes that aims to help you improve your communication, teamwork, confidence, health and well-being.

Let’s Get Cooking - Project Okra Recruitment Day with Antz Junction
A positive action project from Elle R Leisure (also known as Albert's) are holding a catering recruitment day on Tuesday 28th March at Antz Junction.

For more opportunities visit the Opportunities Hub by clicking here. Please note, if you usually contact Janice with opportunities using her email address, this has now changed. You can now contact her on

Coming Up

Employers Workshop: Attracting Greater Manchester’s Diverse Young Talent into your Business
On Wednesday, employers from across Greater Manchester will be getting together to help tackle the issue of youth unemployment, focusing on how they can attract diverse young talent into their businesses.

Over the next year, both Business in the Community, through the Future Proof campaign, backed the City and Guilds Group, and Greater Manchester Talent Match, will be working together to make Greater Manchester the leading place for young people to work.

If you are an employer and interested in attending a future workshop, get in touch.

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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