Greater Manchester Talent Match: New research reveals extent of 'hidden' unemployment

Greater Manchester Talent Match have published a second piece of revealing research exploring how best to reach 'hidden' young people.

These are young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and also not in receipt of benefits.

The need for renewed focus on this marginalised group is pressing – GM Talent Match figures estimate that over 21,000 hidden young people are living in Greater Manchester.

For the past five years, GMCVO has been leading the Greater Manchester Talent Match partnership: a Big Lottery-funded programme aimed at helping the most disadvantaged young people along the pathway into employment.

Still Hidden follows 2017's Hidden report and delves deeper into hidden young people’s living circumstances, experiences and perceptions, determining which interventions and approaches work best.

Still Hidden hones in on a specific subgroup who are battling social isolation, poor mental health and lack of exposure to career building activities.

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Major, authored the report's foreword and welcomed its findings. He said: "All of Greater Manchester’s thousands of ‘hidden’ young people have potential, it is our duty to help them realise that potential and give them the tools to be the best they can be.

"I welcome all the recommendations made in this report and hope that we can work together moving forward to begin implementing them."

The report was launched at GM Talent Match's Still Hidden conference at The Monastery in Gorton.

The day marked the culmination of the five-year programme and aimed to influence future local and national youth employment provision.

Since 2013, almost 2,000 young people have been supported on pathways to work.

As of the end of Novemeber, all young people have exited the GM Talent Match programme. In March next year, a series of published evaluation papers will be reveal final learning from Talent Match.


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