In June 2020 the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, announced his appointment of Diane Modahl as Chair of the new Youth Task Force – which will help to develop a Young Person’s Guarantee in Greater Manchester.

The Task Force is the driving force behind the Guarantee and will be set up in response to the impact which we know the COVID-19 crisis is having, and is likely to have, on young people.

Protecting and progressing young people’s future is key, particularly around securing future prosperity.

The Guarantee will focus on four key areas:

  • Keeping connected - Increased challenges caused because of social and digital exclusion, particularly amongst young people who are most disconnected and disadvantaged.
  • Staying well - greater risk of poorer mental health and well-being caused by social isolation, reductions in support and increased anxiety about the future.
  • Preparing for transition back into work and/or education - Increased chances of young people experiencing longer-term labour market inequalities and challenges because of the consequences of the pandemic.
  • Reducing economic inequalities - greater risk of poorer transitions from school and college, particularly for those young people in Years 11 and 13, and for those seeking employment.

Who is the Young Person’s Guarantee for?

The scope of the Guarantee, and remit of the Task Force, will be to help young people in Greater Manchester from age 11 up to 30-years-old. The Guarantee will be co-designed by the young people of Greater Manchester.

Who is involved in the Young Person’s Guarantee?

The Task Force will be the driving force behind the Guarantee and will shape, challenge and deliver on existing and new opportunities for young people. The Task Force membership will not be determined until enough young people along with other stakeholders have been listened to and heard.

What will the Young Person’s Guarantee do?

The Guarantee will reflect young people’s concerns about the future and will offer an outline of support and opportunities available. This will build on what is already available now as well as identify and respond to gaps. This will be particularly true of more vulnerable and marginalised young people.

There will be opportunities for a raft of individuals and organisations to respond to the challenge and the recovery process and determine how they can contribute to the Guarantee and be part of the solution. We don’t want any young person to be left behind and want the Guarantee to offer something for everyone. There is a role to be played by business, education and training providers, health services, youth services and Local Authorities to name but a few.  

How will the Young Person’s Guarantee work?

Development of the Guarantee will include a programme of direct engagement with young people and youth organisations, along with colleges, training providers and businesses as part of a co-designed process with young people at the centre. This will take place over the next three months concluding in September with a delivery programme agreed beyond this point. A series of face-to-face chats and virtual round tables/discussions are in the process of being organised and people can feed in at taskforce@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Once the Task Force is agreed it will be their responsibility to shape the Guarantee and be held accountable for its success. It is envisaged this will go on beyond September 2020.

Consultation

Consultation is a vital part of the process in the development of the Guarantee. Over the next few months there will be a number of consultation activity completed in order to build the foundation of the Guarantee plan. Consultation will shape a sustainable piece of work to ultimately build a better future for young people across our city-region.

We understand we can only do this by utilising the combined strengths of the city-region’s communities, schools, colleges and local authorities in a co-ordinated partnership.

So far we have consulted:

The next round of consultation will be taking place on Tuesday, August 4. The session will focus around:

  • Local businesses . 10 am until 11am – discussion around the vital role businesses play in the future of our young people. Hosted with the Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, Mo Isap.
  • Keeping connected, staying well . 3pm until 4pm – discussion around health and wellbeing and engagement with communities

If you are interested in joining either session please follow the links above. 

Youth Advisory Group

We’re inviting 11 - 30 year olds to join the Youth Advisory Group to help shape the future of GMCA.

The Youth Advisory Group will work directly with the Task Force Chair, Diane Modahl, and have a genuine influence in not only shaping, but creating the Young Person’s Guarantee.

 

Young people from all over Manchester are invited to apply to take part in the Advisory Group, no experience is necessary but the team are looking for young people who have some great ideas of what works and what doesn’t.

We want to hear from young people on what services and support the GMCA can create with its partners to make Greater Manchester a great place for all young people. Find out more about the role here.

If you’re interested in applying, please take a look at the job role and specification here.

Applications to be part of the Youth Advisory Group have now closed. Applications are now going through shortlisting and the first meeting will take place Friday, August 7.