Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) have produced a summary document highlighting the involvement and achievements of the GM's Hidden Talent Youth Panel.
GMYN have hosted the Youth Panel from the start of GM's Hidden Talent (April 2019).
The summary document illustrates the breadth of activity the Youth Panel have been involved in. From supporting the commissioning process for selecting Delivery Partners, through to helping employers review their recruitment methods, and working with the Jobcentre Plus to review their engagement strategies with young claimants; the Youth Panel have been integral to GM's Hidden Talent achieving its wider strategic objectives (beyond supporting young people into work and moving them closer to work). These include using our knowledge of inclusive recruitment practices to influence regional employer engagement initiatives, and supporting Jobcentres to adapt their offer to alter young people’s perceptions of services.
The document should appeal to those organisations interested in adopting a co-production based approach to their operations, whereby young people's valuable perspectives, knowledge and skills; influence the design, delivery and evaluation of services. These readers may be interested in the range of social activity and personal development work undertaken by the Youth Panel (this is outlined in the summary document) and seeing how this dovetailed with delivery activity.
In the final months of programme delivery through to the end of June 2021, the Youth Panel will be co-designing legacy activities and workshops for employers (these will complement the existing GM's Hidden Talent Employer Toolkit), and will work with Department of Work and Pensions partners to share their views on the new Job Centre Plus Youth Hubs and Youth Employability Coaches.