Project information

Young People's Project

Breakthrough deliver Greater Manchester Talent Match; offering 2 years of support to young people who have not been in education, employment or training (NEET) for 1 year+. Next year we want a new project, for 28 young people each year to build skills, confidence, networks and employability.

January 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: Breakthrough U.k. Ltd

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  • Need


    Many young people face barriers to employment, education and training and disabled people are more likely to have no qualifications and twice as likely to be NEET. Disabled people often experience social, financial and digital exclusion, inaccessible transport and housing and have fewer opportunities to fully participate in society. Disabled people, including our clients, apply for more jobs and volunteering opportunities before securing interviews compared to non-disabled people.


    Our Coaches engage young people primarily directly and through Job centres. Some face multiple barriers to inclusion, presenting inter-connected issues that can make their lives complex and chaotic. We enable people to identify desired changes and goals to achieve and work with them, advocating on their behalf with other agencies as needed, to realise their outcomes. We support people to understand how to gain the best possible start to their chosen career and highest chance of success.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    10 young people will report improved motivation and aspirations and job-specific skills


    » Young people will access 1:1 support to vision and articulate goals and aspirations for the future and understand job related skills.
    » Young people will co-develop SMART action plans and reflect on their progress
    » Young people will access motivational coaching and peer support to build self-belief and drive and understanding of their rights and responsibilities
    » Young people will build trusting relationships and gain positive role models and increase their independence, confidence and self-esteem

    What success will look like

    Participants will reflect on motivation, aspirations & job-related skills, scoring themselves before and after the project on Outcomes Stars scales from 1 to 10

    Aim 2

    8 young people will gain work/voluntary experience or training relevant to their career goals


    » Young people will gain support to identify and remove barriers to independence and mainstream employment eg. housing, debt, physical/mental health
    » Young people can gain support to navigate government and official systems to ensure correct receipt of support and benefits, including Access to Work
    » Young people can get support searching and applying for placements of interest and mock interview practice and feedback to prepare for interviews
    » Peer support will present opportunities to train as a volunteer peer supporter /group facilitator

    What success will look like

    Participants will attend 1:1 appointments and peer group meetings to identify and secure experience. Work & voluntary placements are logged on the database to evidence outcomes

    Aim 3

    7 young people will gain paid employment or enter education


    » Young people will learn about workplace/educational expectations from skills through to professional interactions.
    » Young people can gain support from a Coach throughout the process from recruitment, to answering queries and liaising with employers or providers
    » Young people can be accompanied by a Coach to open days and job fairs then interviews
    » Young people can get travel expenses covered and get funding for work clothes, documents (eg birth certificate copies) and kit

    What success will look like

    Participants will attend 1:1 appointments and peer group meetings to identify and secure work & training- details are logged on the database to evidence outcomes

    Aim 4

    5 young people will sustain employment/education for at least 6 months


    » Engagement with the employer and young person will clarify expectations and encourage communication responsibilities a mutually beneficial experience
    » Young people can access intense in-work support from Coaches when starting a new job, to help them understand any probationary periods and settle in
    » Coaches can support young people in a holistic and practical way to remove any access barriers through offering guidance about reasonable adjustments
    » Young people can act as an ambassador for their new employer in recognising and removing access barriers.

    What success will look like

    Participants work & education progress details will be logged on the database to evidence meaningful employment/education success

    Aim 5

    6 employers (/volunteering/educational organisations) will engage and learn from the programme


    » Coaches can engage with employers/organisations at job fairs/open days and about potential applications from young people
    » Coaches can offer information to employers/organisations throughout recruitment processes and if a young person secures a job, answering any queries
    » Employers can learn and benefit from young people about how to identify and remove access barriers to create an inclusive organisation.

    What success will look like

    Employers/organisations who engage will be logged on the database and their involvement and learning detailed through questionnaires (via interview or other format)

  • Impact


    Clients complete an initial assessment and vocational profile to determine employment/career aspirations and work with Coaches to develop an outcome-focused ‘Personal Employment Pathway Plan’. Each sets out a holistic programme of activities and actions designed to achieve short and long term goals. The focus is on developing confidence, resilience and skills to enable and empower clients to exercise independence, choice and control in their Pathway to volunteering, education and employment.


    Success can be undermined by insufficient demand as it is a voluntary programme but we have many contacts acting as referral routes and we enable clients who disengage to re-engage. Another risk is difficulty building trusting relationships eg due to staff turnover but we have 2 coaches both trained and recruited on their values and behaviour who are familiar to the young people. Young people may not gain education/employment outcomes due to other issues in their lives so support is holistic.


    We will write to donors via their preferred communication channel and will create website and social media content and newsletters, sharing data analysis and client and employer/organisation quotes, photos and any blogs describing their experiences (with consent). We will answer any queries.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,929

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,565 Staffing 2 Salaries, NI and pension contributions and training/CPD
      £7,930 Support costs Management Admin & Finance & Communications support costs allocation
      £3,500 Expenses Beneficiary costs @ £250 per head x 14 YP per cohort
      £1,461 Indirect Costs IT support and licences and telephones
      £1,358 Venues Accessible Premises costs
      £600 Travel Travel expenses
      £2,107 Core costs Governance and Compliance costs incl professional fees for Legal, HR, H&S, Audit & Accountancy
      £408 Printing and stationery Printing and stationery

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BIG Grant £2,000 Guaranteed
    Skelton Bounty £3,000 Guaranteed
    Castanea £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Talent Match is delivered by grassroots organisations such as ours, embedded in local communities and trusted by groups of interest. More people are NEET in deprived areas, Manchester is the 5th most deprived local authority in England. Poverty affects isolation, mental health and anxiety. These disproportionately affect disabled people (IMD) who experience inaccessible travel facilities and housing and on average face extra costs of £570 per month above welfare payments (Scope).


    Young people across Greater Manchester who have been out of employment, education and training for a year (especially those who define as disabled). People we work with have faced educational barriers, and face significant barriers to retraining or vocational skills development and volunteering, evidenced by Disability Rights UK. The DWP evidenced that disabled people, especially young disabled people have lower presumptions of employability and don’t recognise themselves in the world of work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Breakthrough has 20 years experience engaging with organisations and the public with established models, systems, processes and procedures. Dedicated face to face support is holistic, person-centred, personalised and tailored; delivered at convenient and accessible times and places to clients. Talent Match has made a difference building best practice to tackle barriers faced by young people. Timely one to one and peer support can maintain disabled people’s aspirations, confidence and resilience

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Talent Coach 1 - Tracey

    Tracey engages her caseload of young people, contacting them regularly, offering meetings/appointments and organising peer groups, completing admin

    Talent Coach 2 - Richard

    Richard engages his caseload of young people, contacting them regularly, offering meetings/appointments and completing admin


    The Manager monitors performance, training and spending, supporting coaches and authorising any decisions, reviewing data and reporting to Trustees

    Referral Partners

    Young people can self-refer but can find out about the project from other organisations eg Job centres, or be referred to other support services

Breakthrough's Talent Match Project

Jade and I had been working together; she was nervous about meeting new people, quite reserved, unsure about how to look for work and wanted to increase her confidence. Now, she has more confidence, and has volunteered at the Whitworth Art Gallery at an event and on a Volunteer Wellbeing Course

Talent Coach