Many young people across Greater Manchester face complex and multiple barriers to finding employment. These include mental health issues, caring responsibilities, lack of training and experience and not knowing what support is available.
However, with the right support young people can find work - enabling them to experience personal fulfilment as well as having huge positive knock-on effects to communities and society as a whole.
This is why the Chamber collaborated with Greater Manchester Talent Match (GM Talent Match), a Big Lottery-funded programme that tackles youth unemployment through one-to-one, long-term support for young people aged 18-24.
The aim of the partnership was to build relationships between GM Talent Match and local employers who could provide opportunities and jobs for young people.
Throughout the year, the Chamber showcased how employers can benefit from involvement at its 42 Action for Business events. From these meetings over 90 companies came forward to offer work experience placements. Local employers also spoke at GM Talent Match’s local quarterly forums for Talent Coaches (key workers who work one-to-one with young people) to help them understand their business needs.
The Chamber facilitated employer visits for young people through the year and shared research on growth sectors in each borough of Greater Manchester. In addition, the Chamber is recognising youth-friendly employers by including a GM Talent Match Award at its annual business dinner - awarded to Walkden-based Window Creations in 2018.