Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is a voluntary youth employment programme co-funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Building on learning from the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, it is a two-year investment creating greater cohesion within communities by helping hidden young people aged 18-25 progress towards employment and improve their self-esteem and wellbeing.
Hidden young people are not in employment, education or training and not claiming any benefits.
Research from Greater Manchester Talent Match revealed there to be over 21,000 hidden young people living in Greater Manchester.
GM’s Hidden Talent is a partnership of voluntary, private and public sector organisations, led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO). Success is being achieved through the delivery of strength-based and holistic employment support provided by Talent Coaches who are employed by community-focused partners.
A Youth Panel – made up of young people who have experienced barriers to employment – inform, influence and lead aspects of the programme.
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?
Over 25% of the young people supported by Greater Manchester Talent Match were hidden.
The majority of employment support programmes however, 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.