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

Hello , and welcome to first e-news update of 2016 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
Cameron on the Big Conversation film

Big Conversation film now live
"Speaking to new people, not being scared to put myself out there. Nothing better to get your confidence going a bit more, is there?" - Cameron, Talent Match beneficiary

"In terms of what Talent Match is and where it's going. This year, 2015, has been great, 2016 is going to be absolutely fantastic." - Steven Grant, Director of HR, University of Manchester
Click here to watch The Big Conversation film.

New staff welcomed to Greater Manchester Talent Match team
We have welcomed three new members of staff to the Project Team in January. At GMCVO, we welcomed back Nicola McDonagh from maternity leave, at Business in the Community (BiTC), we are joined by James Lyon as Employee Volunteering Manager. And finally, at GMYN, we welcomed Sarah Gray to the team, who has taken over the role of Development Officer - Volunteering & Training. If you are a Talent Coach and would like any support around volunteering, including if you would like Sarah to come along to meet with you, then please get in touch. You can visit the Contact Us page of our website to find details of how to get in touch.

David on the Pathway to work film

Watch David on the Cooperative Pathway to Work
A new short film has been produced by Greater Manchester Talent Match to showcase a new innovative way of tackling youth unemployment alongside The Cooperative. You can watch the film by clicking here.

Talent Match engage 7000 young people nationally across 21 partnerships
The Talent Match national programme has engaged nearly seven thousand young people just over one year into the Programme. Around ten per cent of those engaged have secured employment. Read more about the Talent Match programme's national outcomes on our website.

Nicola on her travels

Youth Panel
The Youth Panel have had an impressive start to 2016, welcoming several new members, carrying out evaluations of several host organisations - interviewing over 50 young people in the process and even finding time to complete a UPS Driving Safely Awareness course! You can find out more about the adventures of the Youth Panel by liking our Facebook page.

Large number of local organisations attend Commissioning Briefing Sessions
The team were pleased to welcome a number of local organisations to our Commissioning Briefing Sessions over the last two weeks. There is still time to apply to host a Talent Coach in Bury, Wigan, Rochdale or Tameside, with the deadline for applications being 12 noon Wednesday 24th February 2016. You can download all of the commissioning documents, including the application form, by clicking here


Before getting involved in the programme, Chris found himself in a downward spiral.

After working with his Talent Coach, Holly Lam-Moores from GreaterSport, Chris is now employed, has completed 6 weeks of work experience as a fitness instructor and wants to use his positive experience to influence and encourage the people around him to take the same steps that he has. Read Chris' Story.


When Stacey joined Greater Manchester Talent Match in July 2014, she was struggling to find work after leaving care and recovering from mental health issues.

Now she has a job she enjoys, has received a marriage proposal, been nominated for a Prince’s Trust Breakthrough Award and moved from sheltered to independent living. Read Stacey's Story.

Bury Commissioning Briefing

Could you deliver Greater Manchester Talent Match in Bury, Rochdale, Wigan or Tameside?

The third commissioning round for Greater Manchester Talent Match is now open. Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is looking to commission organisations to deliver the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme in Bury, Rochdale, Wigan and Tameside. You can download all of the commissioning documents, including the application form, by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 12 noon Wednesday 24th February 2016.

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:

Get Into Construction (including CSCS Card)
A 2 week course delivered by the TDB Partnership CIC to help you gain the skills and qualifications you need to get into the construction industry. 

Tesco Mobile Customer Service Project
 A 6 week course which covers learning about how Tesco Mobile runs, telephone techniques and mock interviews with the Tesco Mobile staff. This training is run by Tesco Mobile with the support from Bolton Lads & Girls Club Talent Coach, Dora Mallott.

Free Styling and Interview Technique Support for Women
We provide high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to out-of-work women on low incomes.

For more opportunities visit the Opportunities Hub by clicking here.

Talent Coach Forum dates
Main Talent Coach Forums are held quarterly for Talent Coaches and provide a combination of workshops, training and presentations around a specific theme or topic, chosen based upon feedback provided by Talent Coaches and emerging issues identified by our stakeholder groups. The dates for 2016 will be:

  • Thursday 17th March 2016
  • Wednesday 22nd June 2016
  • Wednesday 21st September 2016
  • Wednesday 14th December 2016

All Talent Coach Main Forums will take place at St Thomas Centre.

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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