Greater Manchester Talent Match was a Big Lottery-funded programme bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors. The programme supports young people aged 18-24 who had not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more.
A personalised package of support enabled 2,000 participants to progress along a pathway towards work lasting up to 24 months. This support was provided by Talent Coaches. These are key workers from frontline organisations. They understood the challenges faced by young people in their communities.
We delivered a high-profile end of programme event at the beautiful Gorton Monastery in Manchester, which was attended by over 150 people.
What we did
The aim of the event was sharing the findings of the programme. This is so more groups, businesses and enterprises could bring the learnings into their own organisations. As well as this, could celebrate the contributions of the young people who had attended the programme. Along with planning the event and managing the media, we produced a film shown at the event featuring Matt’s story. Matt was one of the young people the programme gave support to and you can watch the film we made here.
Working with young people to plan the event was vital. We also made sure they were part of the programme on the day. This included a panel discussion featuring young people who had benefited from the programme. All Youth Panel members had at some point experienced barriers to employment. Therefore, listening to them about their experiences and recommendations for change was important.
What was achieved?
The attendees on the day were Labour MP Kate Green, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive Dawn Austwick and Big Life Group Chair Edna Robinson to name a few.
Media coverage included Manchester Evening News, BBC Radio Manchester and Granada Reports along with sector press.
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