Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Still Hidden Conference

 Over the last five years, thanks to Big Lottery funding, Greater Manchester Talent Match has supported almost 2000 young people on a pathway back to work. Aged 18-24, these young people had been out of employment, education or training for 12 months or more and had multiple barriers blocking their career path.

GM Talent Match don’t want to simply mark the end of their programme (ending December 2018) but get people in the room who can create a legacy of lasting change.

A focus on hidden young people forms part of a wider menu of issues to be explored at the conference. This includes:

  • GM Talent Match’s successes in commissioning community-based organisations who can provide individualised, long-term holistic support to young people
  • Exploring the complexities of managing relationships between the voluntary, public and private sectors
  • How to create meaningful involvement of young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of services
  • How employers can be helped to enlarge their talent pools, make jobs/opportunities accessible for young people and remove unnecessary barriers to recruitment and development in the workforce
  • GMTM’s Still Hidden report will be launched at the conference. This examines how to effectively engage with the hidden cohort by better understanding their living situation and backgrounds


  • Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund
  • Kate Green MP, MP for Stretford & Urmston; Learning & Work Institute Youth Commissioner
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK
  • Edna Robinson, Chairman, Peoples' Powerhouse
  • Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council; Chair, GM Talent Match Partnership Board

Date: Thursday 11th October 2018
Time: 09:45 - 16:00
Venue: The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF
Booking: Please click here to book

Thursday, 11 October 2018