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New Talent Match!

New programme working with hidden young people gets green light!!! 

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) has secured funding to deliver the Greater Manchester Talent Match Hidden Young People programme.

Funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the new programme will work exclusively with hidden young people. These are young people who are not employed, not in education or training, and not claiming the benefits to which they are entitled.

The new two-year programme will provide holistic key worker support to hidden young people, helping them progress towards employment whilst improving their self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing. It will also work with employers to help them understand the the barriers faced by young people and how to attract, retain and develop young talent.

Find out how we are going to make this happen and who will be working with us, 


In case you missed it...


GM Talent Match beneficiary living the American Dream!

Luke used his time on GM Talent Match as a springboard to launch a career in New York! Read our news story to find out how we helped start Luke's Journey.


GM Talent Match timeline video

To capture the learning that took place across the five years of GM Talent Match, we produced a celebratory video. Watch the video to see how we engaged stakeholders across sectors and how we created a youth employment programme that truly valued young people.


Opportunities Hub

GMCVO is considering keeping the Opportunities Hub as a resource until the new GM Careers Portal is launched next September. To help us make this decision, the Hub will stay live until the end of January - at which point we will review how it is being used. During this period we will keep the Hub updated with new opportunities for young people, although our reduced staffing capacity means that these may take longer to be uploaded. See what opportunities are out there for young people you might be working with by visiting the Hub a visit.

I'll Show You How I Shine

At our Big Conversation event last year, Julia Wolfendale from On The Up Consulting, ran an icebraker activity to stimulate converastion between young people and employers. I’ll Show You How I Shine encouraged young people to recognise the skills they already have and evidence their transferable skills to employers.

The game is now available as part of On The Up's Chats That Matter Coaching Skills programme. Key workers, employers and community groups who want to know more can contact 



Coming up...

Final Evaluation Reports

We are in the process of producing research evaluating the effectiveness of GM Talent Match.

In March we will publish thematic reports and distribute to all e-bulletin subscribers. The themes are: Coach Successes; Mutli-sector Partnerships and Payment by Results; Co-production and Tokenism, and Employer Engagement.

Other GMCVO goings on...

Ambition for Ageing: Culture Champions in Greater Manchester​​

Our GMCVO colleagues over at Ambiton for Ageing (AfA) are ooking for partner organisations to develop their Culture Champions programme. Culture Champions aims to include a wide range of older people in cultural activity and volunteering and to broaden the cultural offer taking place in communities.

Any parties interested in being part of this innovative cultural programme who want to find out more about bidding for this work, please visit the GMCVO website and register on the bidding portal where you can download the bidding documents.

GMCVO recommends that organisations interested in applying for this work attend the Bidder Engagement Event. This will give prospective applicants the opportunity to learn more about the project principles, the delivery model and the approach GMCVO is looking for.

The event will take place at GMCVO St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ – Tuesday 29th January 1pm to 3.30pm. To book your place please click here.

Ambition for Ageing launch new report

Ambition for Ageing's new report, ‘Building Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester’, draws on research and learning gathered from over 3,000 participants of the AfA programme to provide insight into what older people across GM think makes a neighbourhood age-friendly. As a practitioner, we would like to draw your attention in particular to our briefing How We Build Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods and we would be grateful if you could circulate this information around your networks. 


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