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

Hello , and welcome to the third 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.


Latest News


Following a successful external evaluation, the Big Lottery Fund have confirmed continued funding for three more years of Greater Manchester Talent Match. Representatives from the Big Lottery Fund attended our Relaunch Event and are seen here with Nicola from the Youth Panel.

The first themed Talent Coach Forum was held in early September, focusing on mental health. The event included a ‘Mind the Gap’ interactive session, which encouraged Talent Coaches to look at gaps in mental health services in their areas and develop creative ideas for how these might be addressed and a choice of two workshops: ‘Introduction to Mental Health’ and ‘Volunteering for Wellbeing’. You can read more about the forum on our website.


In late September, ten members of the Youth Panel set off for their residential. The residential featured lots of team building activities and it was an opportunity for Youth Panel members to learn about one another. Amy Fletcher, Chair of the Youth Panel shares her experience on our website.

The new Employers’ Group met for the first time this month. The meeting served to introduce the group to the programme, look at progress to date and the purpose of the group going forward.


Greater Manchester Talent Match has gone national this month. Our Talent Coach at Peak Valley Housing, Nicholas Mockridge was quoted in The Guardian about working on the programme. In addition, one of our young people, Jamie Denton was interviewed by Radio Four's Today show about his new job.

Talent Coaches have been feeding back their views over what promotional items would help them to inform young people in their area about the programme. If you are a Talent Coach and have not yet completed the survey, you can do so by clicking here.

ABOUT IMAGE Talent Coach Nicholas Mockridge and members of the Youth Panel joined over 100 members of the community at a jobs fair event in Hattersley, which had a range of opportunities on offer for young people. As a result of their work during the fair, the Youth Panel recruited two new members, who will be representing Tameside.

We reported briefly in our previous e-news on our September Re-Launch. The event, held at the People’s History Museum in Manchester attracted close to 100 supporters. You can read a full write up of the event on our website.

My Story: Young people on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme

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Every month, we highlight the story of one person involved in Greater Manchester Talent Match, including beneficiaries, Talent Coaches, employers and local organisations. This month, Aaron, 18, from Salford, who had been unemployed since leaving college in July 2013. Things started to happen for Aaron when he attended the Greater Manchester Talent Match Career Inspiration event. It was there that he met Penny Anderson, from BAM Construct UK and started down the pathway to an apprenticeship in construction.

Greater Manchester Talent Match in numbers

During September...

  • 29 young people reached 6 months engagement. Overall, 235 young people have reached 6 months engagement.
  • 40 reviews of opportunities were submitted to the Opportunities Hub. Overall, 247 reviews have been submitted.
  • Six young people have entered employment.
  • One young person has remained in employment for six months. Overall, 18 young people have reached six months employment.
  • Young people took part in 4 ‘Coffee and Catch-ups’ in September, giving young people the opportunity to meet with employers to find out more about the work they do.
  • Work Experience at the Co-Operative Green Quarter store was attended by 3 young people throughout September and feedback has been very positive.

Governance & Commissioning

Following their six month evaluations, 13 Group Two host organisations, hosts for the programme's Talent Coaches, have been offered a 12 month contract extention. Twelve host organisations have also been offered the opportunity to host a second Talent Coach. As the programme moves towards a targeted commissioning approach, second Talent Coaches for Group Two host organisations will focus on engaging with young people in geographical areas where targets are not being achieved or wards that have been identified as priority areas for support.


Draft plans for open commissioning rounds in 2016 were taken to the Commissioning Panel in September. New rounds of commissioning are planned throughout during 2016, which are likely to be targeted at geographical areas and thematic groups that are identified as a priority. Announcements regarding the opening of these rounds will be promoted within the e-news.

Group Three organisations are currently undergoing Youth Panel assessments, which will end during October. As with Group Two, these assessments will feed into the six month evaluation that will inform re-commissioning decisions early November.

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 our Opportunities Hub staff pick out their top three current opportunities:

Apprenticeships Now Event
This exciting event aimed at young people aged up to 24 years will give you the opportunity to meet with employers from the Bolton / Bury areas who currently have live apprenticeship vacancies.  On the day you will be able to book in mini interviews and find out more about the roles they have to offer.

Essential Skills for Journalism
This is a free 6-week course giving young people a basic insight to the world of media and journalism and runs for two days a week around 'school' times.

Not Just A... Youth Enterprise Project
The Not Just a Youth Enterprise Project is an exciting new programme for 16–24 year olds in the Greater Manchester area to help you find out how to run your own business and make a difference in your local area.


This month, we also have an exclusive opportunity for Talent Coaches:

Getting An Airport Job, 21st October 2015
This Talent Coach only opportunity is for Talent Coaches find out more about what's on offer in terms of jobs and training at Manchester Airport. At this event you can find out more about how young people can get a job at the Airport and also find out about the wide range of opportunities and training offered by the Airport Academy.

For more opportunities visit the Opportunities Hub by clicking here.

Coming Up

On Thursday 29th October, young people on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme will be attending an exclusive opportunity at the BBC in a fully booked World of Work Visit. The day will offer a full morning of interactive and fun sessions and workshops that will not only highlight the work of the BBC but also provide information and advice about careers and how to apply.

GMCVO, the lead organisation for Greater Manchester Talent Match are holding their annual members’ meeting on 28th October with the topic of "Does Devo Manc mean devolved leadership?". The event wil be an opportunity to consider the evolving thinking about leadership and legitimacy in a devolving city region.The afternoon event will also include plenty of opportunity for discussion, GMCVO’s AGM and a showcase of some of their strategic projects. Tea and cakes from 3pm, meeting 3.30pm to 6pm. Click here to book onto this event.

The Big Conversation 2015 is taking place on 10th December 2015. Big Conversations are upbeat and informative events bringing employers and young people together in a meaningful discussion, on the issues surrounding youth unemployment. The event will focus on roundtable discussions that make up the Big Conversation, helping and inspiring young people to talk about their experiences of being unemployed and the issues they face. Click here to book onto The Big Conversation 2015.

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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