Greater Manchester Talent Match


Talent Match is a Big Lottery funded programme

New Economy are partners in the Greater Manchester strand of a £108 million Big Lottery funded national youth employment initiative called Talent Match. It is aimed at tackling youth unemployment in 21 areas of England that are hardest hit by the economic downturn and will enable young people who are furthest away from being work ready to move towards employment or self-employment. It is a five year investment for those aged 18 – 24 who have not been in employment, education or training for 12 months or more.

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) is the lead partner in a £9.6 million programme here in Greater Manchester, they are working in partnership with organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, who include New Economy, Business in the Community (BITC), Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN), The Co-Operative Group, Addleshaw Goddard, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Manchester Employment and Skills Partnership. This unique partnership is looking to work across all 10 areas of Greater Manchester
There are five main principles underpinning Greater Manchester’s Talent Match programme:

• Young people at the centre – Our approach starts from the premise that all young people have talent which can be nurtured and developed to the point of employability. Our plan was co-designed with young people, and the programme will continue to have young people at the heart of decision-making throughout via our Youth Panel. Working with the Youth Panel we will actively challenge negative perceptions of young people and celebrate their achievements.

• Building bridges – ’Talent Coaches’, drawn from youth organisations, will help young people successfully navigate and access the opportunities that are the most suitable for them along their pathway to employment using a central online ‘hub’. The programme will build stronger, practical relationships between businesses, voluntary groups and existing service-providers, with dedicated Talent Match Employer Officers leading on the involvement of local employers.

• Staying local – Greater Manchester Talent Match partners are working closely with young people, youth organisations, employers and business leaders to design local solutions to the problem of youth unemployment. Work is ongoing to understand Greater Manchester’s economic growth sectors, identify employers’ demands for skills and determine the key challenges and opportunities. This information will then be used to both inform regional skills and employment strategies and positively influence young people’s career choices.

• Transferable skills – The programme has a strong focus on volunteering activities that increase the employability of participants through the development of key skills and experiences that are transferable into a working environment. A dedicated Volunteering Development Officer will co-ordinate, develop and evaluate the inclusion of meaningful volunteering activities within the Talent Match programme.

• Learning and evaluation – There is a focus on trying out new approaches and evaluating what works in supporting unemployed young people towards sustainable employment, whilst ensuring that this learning remains as a legacy when the programme ends.

GMCVO has undertaken both the pilot commissioning phase of the programme testing models of working and building the infrastructure to support the programme and a second round of commissioning of Talent Coaches

To find out more about how New Economy is supporting the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme in an online capacity visit GM Talent Match Opportunities Hub

In addition along with over programme partners New Economy took part in the Big Conversation an event to bring employers and unemployed young people together to talk about their barriers to employment.

Featured here is a Contact Theatre young actor who performed a moving soliloquy on the day on “how it feels to be young and unemployed”

For updates from GMCVO and who has been comissioned go to GM Talent Match
For more information on New Economy’s role in the programme contact Rob Bulman


Janice Drew – Opportunities Hub Officer
Email –
Tel: 0161 237 4113

Liam Scholes - Opportunities Hub Administrator


Tel: 0161 237 4114