GMCVO has been awarded the Youth Friendly Employer Mark by Youth Employment UK.
Youth Employment UK is an organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK. They aim to ‘bring together young people, employers and policy in an innovative way that creates real impact’.
The Youth Friendly Employer award is a mark awarded to organisations which meet Youth Employment UK’s requirements in one or more areas: those being ‘Explore’ – for engagement with young people by providing early careers support; ‘Experience’ – for providing strong and enriching work experience opportunities; or ‘Employment’ – for providing good practice employment opportunities.
The Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent team took on the responsibility of applying for the Youth Friendly Employer award due to the close alignment with their aims and the standards Youth Employment UK uphold
GMCVO has previously collaborated with Youth Employment UK through the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme. It was from this previous work that Youth Employment UK approached GMCVO regarding the Youth Friendly Employer award.
GMCVO is now the programme lead for Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent: a voluntary youth employment programme working with hidden young people – 18-25 year olds who are not in employment, education, or training, and not claiming benefits.
The GM’s Hidden Talent team took on the responsibility of applying for the Youth Friendly Employer award due to the close alignment with their aims and the standards Youth Employment UK uphold.
Gavin Owen, Programme Manager for GM’s Hidden Talent, said: “As the lead organisation in the GM’s Hidden Talent partnership, GMCVO being a Youth Friendly Employer highlights our commitment to improving the accessibility of work opportunities for young people. It will renew our dedication to ensuring unnecessary barriers do not prevent young people applying for, and excelling in roles within GMCVO.”
Gavin added: “As well as being a Youth Friendly Employer, GMCVO has also taken part in our Be Clear, Remove Fear campaign and has made the changes the GM's Hidden Talent Youth Panel recommended. Our application was strengthened because it was written by the Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent Administrator, himself a young person who had only been at GMCVO for three weeks when he took on this responsibility. His experience of settling into the organisation formed a compelling part of our application evidence.”
David Brierley, the administrator in question, said: "It is important that [GMCVO demonstrates] a commitment to practising what we preach in regards to recruitment and support for young people. GM's Hidden Talent isn't just about helping hidden young people towards the workplace, but about engaging with employers in GM and advocating the benefits of recruiting young people. The fact that I was able to take the lead on this application as a young person myself, is even more demonstrative of our inclusive practice."
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