On Greater Manchester Talent Match and the previous iteration of Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent (March 2019 - June 2021), we worked with a range of employers to support young people with barriers to enter the world of work. Through this work, many were adopted fresh ideas and approaches and made a huge impact on young people's lives.
Companies face performance pressures and young people may have limited experience of workplace settings. However, even minor employer adjustments to recruitment process can yield massive benefits to young people, and the wider workforce.
On Greater Manchester's Hidden Talent, we are working with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to engage with employers via their networks to promote the role of intermediaries, such as our Talent Coaches, as well as the experience of removing barriers in recruitment and in-work support.
The GM Chamber of Commerce will also be working with our Talent Coaches to explore pathway creation and sourcing job opportunities.
On previous programmes we worked with employers to help them to open themselves up to young people furthest from the workplace. Doing so boosts the local economy, helps make society fairer and secures businesses' future talent pipelines.
We produced an employer toolkit which offers top tips for making recruitment processes accessible to young people with barriers to employment and or limited work experience.