Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is a voluntary youth employment programme (young people choose to take part) that was initially co-funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Building on learning from the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, it was originally a two-year investment (March 2019 - March 2021). The programme aimed to foster greater cohesion within communities by helping hidden young people aged 18-25 progress towards and into employment, whilst improving their self-esteem and wellbeing.
Hidden young people are not in employment, education or training and not claiming any benefits.
GMCVO provided leadership, governance and infrastructure support to the programme’s Delivery Partners, nine of whom identified and assisted hidden young people through individualised, strength-based holistic employability support.
The programme has received additional funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, enabling us to partially extend the programme. As such from April 1st - June 30th 2021, we will continue supporting hidden young people in Bolton, Manchester and Salford.
Our Youth Panel – made up of young people who have experienced barriers to employment – will continue to inform, influence and lead aspects of the programme during this time.
Our vision is that Greater Manchester will be a place where all young people are valued and supported to realise their employment potential and enjoy fulfilling lives.
Why are we doing this?
Research from Greater Manchester Talent Match revealed there to be over 21,000 hidden young people living in Greater Manchester. Over 25% of the young people supported by Greater Manchester Talent Match were hidden.
The majority of employment support programmes only target ‘known’ young people: those claiming out-of-work benefits.
Effective delivery of GM’s Hidden Talent will make sure that the hardest to reach young people have access to support that meets their needs, moving them towards good and sustainable employment.