Greater Manchester Talent Match was a GMCVO-led programme (2013-18) that ended in December 2018.
This Big Lottery-funded programme bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support young people aged 18-24 who had not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more.
This report - the first of five Critical Learning Reports - details the approaches Greater Manchester Talent Match programme took to engaging and involving employers. It presents seven Critical Learning points:
- Involve the right kinds of employers in programme partnerships and include them in key decision making. Establish clear communications between these employers and other stakeholder groups.
- Bring employers, and young people together to create new networks and facilitate understanding.
- Channel programme resources in a way that maximises the potential for change. As part of this consider recruiting employer engagement staff with clearly delineated responsibilities.
- Build a business case for employers that stresses the benefits of engaging with unemployed young people.
- Strike the balance between engaging different sized employers.
- Take advantage of existing employment pathways.
- Wherever possible evidence outcomes to shape future delivery and influence policy makers.