Future Proof: Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is the largest hub for employment outside the South East, with over 100,000 businesses employing 1.2m people. Despite this, the has a higher than average 16 - 24 youth unemployment rate of 17.4%, compared to the rate for rest of the UK of 14%, which is nearly triple the overall unemployment rate for Greater Manchester at 6.2%.

This year, Business in the Community, the City & Guilds Group and Greater Manchester Talent Match are working with business leaders and HR professionals from across Greater Manchester to break down the barriers in the hiring process for young people. From removing jargon from job descriptions to looking at new ways to assess candidates without relying on experience, we'll be exploring how businesses can update recruitment for the next generation. 

Want to find out more and get involved? Contact Chris Gopal, Work Inclusion Manager - Greater Manchester at chris.gopal@bitc.org.uk.

Future Proof Greater Manchester is supported by Greater Manchester Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery-funded programme bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support young people aged 18 - 24 who have not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more.


What's coming up next?

Our next employer workshop will be held in partnership with Greater Manchester Talent Match in Manchester on 21 June and will focus on identifying young people's hidden potential, so do get in touch if you'd be interested to attend. Key contact: Hannah Chui, Events Manager: Hannah.Chui@bitc.org.uk.  


Our work so far


September 2016 - Mystery shopper workshops

In September 2016 we held two workshops with young people from a wide rage of different backgrounds aged 16 -24 to 'mystery shop' the websites and entry level job adverts of 17 Greater Manchester employers. This helped us to understand some of the major barriers to employment that young people in Greater Manchester face, and the young people made some excellent practical recommendations to the employers who participated on how they could remove these barriers. Read more about our Mystery Shopper programme here.  


9 November 2016 - Future Proof: Greater Manchester Assembly

We wanted to explore the key regional challenges for employers who are recruiting young talent in Greater Manchester. So on 13 October Business in the Community, supported by the City & Guilds Group and supported by Greater Manchester Talent Match, brought over 70 local employers and stakeholders together to for a Future Proof Assembly to explore the challenges and opportunities of recruiting young talent in the Greater Manchester area.

The discussion section of our event generated over 223 insights and 137 solutions from employers. You can explore our summary of these insights below: 


24 January 2017 - The Big Conversation

On 24 January over one hundred businesses, employees and young people were brought together for "The Big Conversation" at People’s History Museum. The event gave young people the unique opportunity to meet employers in an informal environment with both groups being offered the chance to share their experiences. In these conversations employers provided advice on training opportunities, volunteering and routes into employment. See the highlights from the event here.


22 March 2017 - Workshop: Attracting Diverse Young Talent 

On 22nd March, we ran a workshop on how to attract diverse young talent into your business. The workshop took place in Manchester, kindly hosted by Barclays and supported by Greater Manchester Talent Match. At the event, employers and young people took part in a short activity to come up with the best methods to attract diverse, young talent which we have compiled below:


27 April 2017 - Third mystery shopper workshop

On 27 April, we ran a third mystery shopper workshop in partnership with Greater Manchester Talent Match and kindly hosted at Barclays Rise. Participants assessed how accessible local employers' entry level job opportunties are to young people and make recommendations about how they could remove any barriers to young people.


Looking beyond experience, how can you identify a young candidate’s potential?

May 3 2017

 Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Venue: The Boardroom, Ronald McDonald House, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0BH

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