Talent Match London visit as part of knowledge exchange

As part of a knowledge exchange event, members of the Talent Match London  (TM London) team visited Greater Manchester Talent Match (GM Talent Match) on Wednesday 7th March.

TM London’s Partnership Officer, Pamela Masha, was joined by a selection of Support Workers (the equivalent to GM Talent Match’s Talent Coaches) from various delivery partners.

After presentations comparing and contrasting delivery models and some best-practice discussions, the group visited two of GM Talent Match’s Host Organisations – The Broughton Trust and Reform Radio.

Pamela Masha said: “We all loved the day. It was fantastic for our support workers to see their passion reflected by other frontline workers. We were all amazed by Graham (Graham Cooper, Talent Coach with The Broughton Trust) and his dedication to and belief in the young people he works with.”

Employers GPL – with whom The Broughton Trust have strong ties - were also in attendance.

“The employer engagement with The Broughton Trust was very encouraging. GPL really valued the young people and appreciated their needs. The young people were not simply ‘filling a positon’, added Pamela.

From the Broughton Trust, the group hopped back over the Irwell to visit Reform Radio at the Old Granada Studios

“We were all impressed by the equipment young people are able to get to grips with at the station,” said Pamela.

“Getting a break in the media world can be tough, so exposure to state-of-the-art technology is vital.”

Ellie Nixon, the Greater Manchester Talent Match Contracts Officer said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the London Talent Match team for the day. Like us they are continuing to research intensively around Hidden Young People. Both teams want to foster deeper understanding of who these young people are so as to best support them. Both programmes are also exploring how continue the involvement of young people in the design and delivery of future youth employment programmes. It would be great to share more learning moving forward.”

Given the demographic variations between London and Greater Manchester boroughs, there were some contrasting operational priorities.

One key strategic aim for the TM London Team is increasing awareness of employment journeys experienced by young people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic (72 per cent of GM London beneficiaries belong to this group, compared to 19 per cent on GM Talent Match). Building on findings from the Lammy Review, TM London will explore disconnects between strong academic performance amongst BAME young people and subsequent progress into sustained employment.

Conversely, a higher percentage of GM Talent Match beneficiaries have experienced mental ill health. In response to this need, this month saw the start of a partnership with Greater Manchester Mind, offering Talent Coaches mental health training and priority access to therapeutic interventions for beneficiaries.