Employers from across the region have attended the launch of the Greater Manchester Talent Match initiative at the Chamber offices in Elliot House on Deansgate.
Talent Match, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to bring together the voluntary, public and private sectors to help people aged 18-24 along their pathway to work. The initiative focuses on supporting young people who have not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more.
Chamber Chief Executive, Clive Memmott (pictured), called upon businesses to sign up to the initiative to help improve the confidence and boost the self-esteem of those individuals Talent Match is aiming to reach. He said: “There are around 15,000 young people in Greater Manchester who are unlikely to receive any support to get them into work. This lottery-funded programme has been launched to help those who are not in education, employment or training and we, as employers, need to support them and help them on the road to getting a job, building motivation and raising aspirations.”
Businesses at the launch heard from Martin Gallagher of GPL Group, a Salford-based civil engineering and construction company, who highlighted some of the benefits of working with young people. GPL Group also works closely with individuals from Broughton House in Salford, which provides support to anyone who has served in the British Army, Royal Airforce, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy either full time or as a reservist.
Martin said: “We work with a range of individuals with a view to either bringing them into our own business or helping them achieve their goals elsewhere. There are major skills gaps in our industry and we feel through providing mentoring, support to make positive life choices and quality apprenticeships we can help people gain skills that will lead to long-term employment.
“Our business is getting better because of the work we’re doing through Talent Match and through providing social value and working in a collaborative manner, it is easy to get where you want to be as a business.”
GM Talent Match Programme Manager, Marie Graham, provided an update on the project to date, which has secured opportunities for over 1800 young people so far. As a result of the launch event at the Chamber, businesses from a range of different sizes and sectors have pledged to create another 40 opportunities.
To find out more about the Talent Match initiative and how businesses can get involved, contact the Chamber’s Skills team via 0161 393 4321, or email firstname.lastname@example.org