Welcome to our October e-bulletin

Greater Manchester Talent Match is a Big Lottery- funded programme bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support young people aged 18 - 24 who have been out of employment, education or training for twelve months or more and who need extra support to help them along their pathway to work. Visit our website for more information.

With the programme end date fast approaching it's been an incredibly busy month. We've been a conference hosting; report publishing; video producing; press releasing juggernaut. Thanks to all of those whose hard work made all of this possible. We expect November and December to be equally ‘full-on’ as Talent Coaches submit final claims for young people who may be moving into or sustaining employment and education outcomes. We will also be waiting with bated breath for news on our application to the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities fund. Success would allow us to continue providing support for hidden young people for a further two years.


On October 11th, Greater Manchester Talent Match hosted the Still Hidden conference at The Monastery in Gorton.

Still Hidden marked the culmination of the five-year programme and an opportunity to share learning – with the primary aim of influencing future local and national youth employment programmes. 

The day was book-ended by speeches from Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, and Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston and member of the Learning and Work Institute Youth Commission.  

GM Talent Match - 'Still Hidden' report


At our conference we launched our Still Hidden report. This research delves deeper into hidden young people’s living circumstances, experiences and perceptions, determining which interventions and approaches work best. The need for renewed focus on this marginalised group is pressing – our new figures estimate that over 21,000 hidden young people are living in Greater Manchester.

Following up on our Hidden report, we home in on a specific subgroup of hidden young people who are battling social isolation, poor mental health and lack of exposure to career building activities.


This video contains an amazing interpretation of the Still Hidden conference from the creative experts at Contact Theatre. Reece and Saqib's two performances superbly summarised the key learning from across the conference plenaries, debates and workshops.

My Story: Young people on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme
Matt Sinacola, Greater Manchester Talent Match beneficiary

Matt, 21, talks about how working with his Talent Coach, Richard, has helped him gain the confidence to launch a career as a self-employed guitar tutor. View a video of his journey here.

If you know anyone in the Stockport area who's looking for guitar lessons - Matt could be your man!

Jordanna's education was disrupted by illness and she ended up leaving college early. With help from Anthony (her Talent Coach) she regained her confidence and worked her way toward a full-time job as a nursing assistant.

Read her story here.

Greater Manchester Talent Match in numbers

Greater Manchester Talent Match Opportunities Hub: Top 3

 Job Opportunities with Cars 4 Carers, Oldham:  No care work / driving experience necessary, yet they’re offering a job, training in community care and a driving licence at the end of it!


Achieve Your Goals @ National Football Museum: From (probably?!) the greatest footballing city in the world (this side of Brazil!), free adult learning courses with a soccer flavour!


Broadcast Operator Apprenticeship @ BBC, Salford: for those interested in the technical side of broadcasting, bringing the news home to us!


 For more opportunities visit the Opportunities Hub by clicking here.

Logo of the Talent Match Mark

Our former Employer Engagement Officer, Nisha Frizzell, is raising money for the GM Talent Match Youth Panel. Click here to find out how you can support her efforts!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Coming Up

On Tuesday, 6th November, we will be hosting an informal event to celebrate Talent Coaches' involvement in the programme. Talent Coaches have been the heartbeat of our programme. Their empathy, resiliience and loyalty has made a massive difference to the young people we've supported. The day will be an opportunity to reflect and celebrate their dedication.

On 11th December we are hosting an end-of-programme employer workshop. This will also be a celebration event but will contain important information about how employers can carry forth what we've learned since 2013. More information will be sent directly to employers in the coming days. The booking link can be accessed here.  

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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