A key focus of the Greater Manchester Youth Employment Fund is increasing targeted employability initiatives for young people in the region, supporting them into sustainable careers within growth sectors. Employability projects will provide a meaningful impact in order to address some of the key themes and issues that have been highlighted by young people across Greater Manchester.

The Fund helps drive forward recommendations from the Youth Task Force, which was set up by the Mayor of Greater Manchester in June 2020. These recommendations formed the Young Person’s Guarantee, which is a response to the issues faced by young people due to Covid-19. The Guarantee aims to support young people around four core themes: keeping connected, staying well, making effective transitions and reducing economic inequalities.

Three projects have been successful in gaining funding through our GM Youth Employment Fund. Over the next 12 months, these projects will support almost 300 16-25 year olds from Greater Manchester, enabling them to gain the key skills and opening up the opportunities needed to move into jobs and apprenticeships. The three projects are:

New Start and New Futures by Sharks Community Trust

Sharks Community Trust aims to use the core values of Rugby Union to make a positive impact on the community across Greater Manchester and the North West. This is achieved by providing high quality education, health and social inclusion programmes and increasing participation in Rugby Union and other sporting activities.

The project sees courses delivered across three local authorities (Salford, Trafford and Manchester) and four locations, meeting young people where they are and partnering closely with local businesses to support those young people into jobs.

New Start is a four-week engagement programme designed for 16-18 year old young people who need help to get into training and employment. Courses will be running throughout the year, with five delivered at each location, helping to re-engage and inspire young people into positive next steps.

New Futures is a ten-week employment programme for 16-21 year olds providing qualifications, life skills and employment placements with a local employer partner. Courses will be running during the summer and autumn, helping to support young adults into long term employment.

The projects will target young people who have recently left school/college, are recently unemployed, care leavers, BAME groups, disabled young people, digitally excluded young people and young people struggling with their mental health.

Find out more about Sharks Community Trust, here: Sale Sharks | About & Contact

Low Carbon Careers by Groundwork GM

Groundwork is working across Greater Manchester to create stronger, healthier communities, responsible businesses and greater prospects for local people.

Throughout 2021 Groundwork Greater Manchester will be running Low Carbon Careers – which sees courses in Rochdale, Manchester and Trafford for young people looking to start their career in the green economy.

Unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 25 will choose from three Green Economy topics; the natural environment, waste and recycling and an introduction to retrofitting. Each young person will undertake three to four weeks of classroom-based learning followed by a two-week work placement and support into employment by dedicated employment coaches.

Find out more about Groundwork GM here: Low Carbon Careers | Groundwork

City Careers by City in the Community

City in the Community supports health, education and inclusion through football and works around the world to create a positive impact for people in the communities they serve.

City Careers aims to use the power of sport to engage young people and deliver a bespoke and individualised employability programme throughout 2021. During focused 8-week courses, young people will meet various employers from Manchester City and receive tailored support to enter jobs in a field that they want to pursue. A partnership with Hays Recruitment will enable young people taking part to better understand the range of jobs available and the best ways in which to secure them.

The project will target young people who have recently left school/college, are recently unemployed, care leavers, BAME groups, disabled young people, digitally excluded young people and young people struggling with their mental health.

Find out more about City in the Community here: City in the Community (mancity.com)

How to get involved in these projects

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about how you can support these projects, or a young person who would like to take part, please follow the above links and contact the delivery organisations directly via email.