Hidden: Who are ‘hidden’ young people and why are they not engaging with welfare support?

Up to half of unemployed young people in Greater Manchester are missing out on valuable support in finding work due to being ‘hidden’, according to a report published by Greater Manchester Talent Match.

As a result of the lack of support for ‘hidden’ young people to get into work, Greater Manchester employers are missing out on potential young talent.

The report, Hidden: Who are ‘hidden’ young people and why are they not engaging with welfare support? focuses on young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and not in receipt of benefits and the unique issues they encounter.

It identifies a number of reasons young people may become ‘hidden’, steps that can be put in place to avoid this and suggests actions that can be taken to support those who are already ‘hidden’.

Cllr Rishi Shori, GMCA lead for young people and social inclusion and Leader of Bury Council said: “This is an important report that shines a light on our hidden young people. By understanding the unique issues and barriers young people face, we can catch them before they fall through the net and help them build the skills and confidence they need to get into work.

“Every young person deserves the best start in life, and we all have a responsibility to guide our young people onto the right path. As lead for young people I am passionate about working with organisations like GMCVO, local employers, and young people themselves, to make sure Greater Manchester is doing all it can to give our young people the best opportunities and hope for the future.” 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Due to a lack of research in this area, hidden young people are excluded from employment support and policy makers are prevented from understanding the full extent of youth unemployment
  • Early intervention is key in ensuring that young people who are at risk of becoming ‘hidden’ are supported.
  • Community-based provision works in supporting ‘hidden’ young people due to a number of factors including the organisations pre-existing relationships with the young people, their reputation in the community and their ability to be flexible to the needs of the young people.
  • By working with employers and engaging in work experience opportunities, young people are likely to develop the skills and experience necessary for the workplace, and thus increase their employability, reducing the chance of becoming ‘hidden’.

Three versions of the report have been produced, which you can download via the links below:

Hidden: An Executive Summary
(2 pages, 470KB)
Hidden: A Summary Report
(8 pages, 1.3MB)
Hidden: The full Report
(40 pages, 2MB)

If you have any questions about the report, or any suggestions as to how these recommendations can be implemented, please get in touch.