Greater Manchester's Hidden Talent


Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is a youth employment programme working with young people aged 16 – 24, funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, and led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO). 

The programme builds on learning from Greater Manchester Talent Match (2013 - 2018) and the first iteration of Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent (March 2019 – March 2021) which supported hidden young people to progress towards employment and improve their self-esteem and wellbeing. Hidden young people are not in employment, education or training and not claiming any benefits.

Our Talent Coaches, based in community-based employment support organisations across Greater Manchester, provide strength-based and holistic support to young people 

GMCVO provides leadership, governance and infrastructure support to the programme’s Delivery Partners, who provide individualised, strength-based holistic employability support to young people.

Other programme partners include Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) who facilitate our Youth Panel, and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce who co-ordinate employer engagement.

The programme runs January 2022 to the end of June 2022.

Why do we target Hidden Young People?

Whilst all young people aged 16 - 24 with barriers to employment, education or training are eligble for support, the programme targets 'hidden young people'. Research from Greater Manchester Talent Match in 2018 revealed there to be over 21,000 hidden young people living in Greater Manchester. 

Because the majority of employment support programmes only target ‘known’ young people (those claiming out-of-work benefits), we focus efforts on hidden young people because they are at increased risk of becoming separated from initiatives that improve the likelihood of employment. 

What have we produced so far?

You can read Greater Manchester Hidden Talent’s end of programme learning report, based on learning from the first iteration of the programme (2019 – 2021) which supported 295 young people towards employment, training or education, and better wellbeing and increased confidence and self-belief.  

Our employer toolkit was endorsed and promoted by the GM Good Employment Charter.

We produced a short report highlighting our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including how programme delivery adapted and responded to young people’s needs.

In partnership with Manchester City Council and the Youth Panel, we created M-EET Your Match, an opportunities listing website specifically aimed at young people in Manchester who are not in employment.

How can you get support?

Find out how you can get support in your area   GET SUPPORT





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