Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent Delivery Partners announced for Bury and Wigan

GM’s Hidden Talent are pleased to announce that, after a round of commissioning, we have selected Delivery Partners for the Bury and Wigan local authorities.

Early Break have been selected as the Delivery Partner for Bury, and Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside for Wigan.

Our Delivery Partners work in the ten Greater Manchester authorities to deliver our programme through the work of their Talent Coaches, who engage with hidden young people – those age 18-25 who are not in employment, education, or training, and are not receiving benefits. They engage with young people through a variety of means ranging from practical skills like helping their young people construct a cv or attend a job interview; to providing emotional support and guidance.

The announcement of the two new partners means that GM’s Hidden Talent are now reaching hidden young people across all of Greater Manchester.

The GM’s Hidden Talent Youth Panel informed the decisions made by the four-member commissioning panel. Question Three of the application, which asked applicants how they engage with young people, was reviewed separately by the Youth Panel.

"Their understanding of the barriers young people in this position face, coupled with their local connections and knowledge will be a really effective combination"

When asked for comment, former GM Talent Match Programme Manager and commissioning panel member, Marie Graham said: “I have every confidence that Early Break will be a fantastic delivery partner on GM’s Hidden Talent. Their understanding of the barriers young people in this position face, coupled with their local connections and knowledge will be a really effective combination”.

The panel overall found that their answers were thorough and specific, with praise given to their applications ability to raise additional challenges for hidden young people, such as the difficulty some have in meeting thresholds for support services.

"They showed that they understood young people well"

Sharon Weetman, panel member and member of Wigan Council, said: "Groundwork displayed a real knowledge of our local ethos and practice in Wigan, as well as strong links with existing programmes and partners working in the area. They are building on a strong track record of supporting our youth employment objectives and we are delighted to work with them to support delivery of the Hidden Talent programme."

The Youth Panel considered that Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside ‘understood young people well’, and were pleased with the use of a specific example of a young person’s journey.

Programme Manager Gavin Owen concluded: "We look forward to working with Early Break and Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside on the GM’s Hidden Talent programme, and extend a congratulations and warm welcome to them on behalf of ourselves and their peer Delivery Partners." 

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