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Big business tackles unemployment in Moss Side

17 Aug 2007

Fifteen of Manchester's leading employers are teaming up to tackle long-term unemployment in some of the city's most disadvantaged areas through a unique employer-led initiative called the Central Manchester Employers Alliance (CMEA).

Established in March 2007, the Alliance aims to provide support to people most disadvantaged in the labour market, including lone parents, people on disability and health-related benefits, people from black and minority ethnic communities and ex-offenders. The initiative is launched next Wednesday (August 29) at 'Moss Side Works!' the first careers and training event to be staged by the new Alliance.

The University of Manchester's Assistant Director of Human Resources and Chair of the CMEA, Steve Grant said: "This initiative gives some of the City's biggest employers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the City and also recognises that within Moss Side there resides an untapped pool of potential talent."

Hayley Tatum, UK Operations Personnel Director for Tesco, Graham Lumberg, Director of Laing O'Rourke and Geoff Thompson, MBE, five times World Karate Champion and Executive Chairman of the Youth Charter for Sport, Culture and the Arts will open the media launch and deliver keynote speeches in support of the work of The Alliance.

Amanda Jones, Head of Diversity at the Co-operative Group said: "We are delighted to support the Central Manchester Employers Alliance. Our business is based on a clear set of values that place the community at the heart of everything we do. The CMEA allows us to work with other major Manchester employers towards the aim of equality of access to training and employment opportunities for all residents, no matter what their background or locality."

The event, backed by Greater Manchester Employer Coalition and Jobcentre Plus, aims to give a helping hand to people in an area of Manchester with the highest levels of unemployment and a range of social problems.


Contact details
Jon Keighren, (Media Relations Manager), The University of Manchester
Telephone: 0161 275 8384

Noreen Muzaffar, (Information and Communications Officer), Greater Manchester Employer Coalition
Telephone: 0161 873 1241
Fax: 0161 873 1150

Further Information

Steve Grant will be available for interview.

Photographers and Journalists are invited to attend the opening of Moss Side Works! at Manchester Academy on August 29.

The Central Manchester Employer Alliance (CMEA) is an employer-led group that aims to ensure that the strategic perspectives and operational activities of Central Manchester employers are effectively channeled into providing jobs and careers for local residents.

The Central Manchester Employer Alliance is a group of major employers including the Co-operative Group and Co-operative Financial Services, the BBC, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester City Council, Central Manchester NHS Trust, GMPTE, HMP Manchester and led by The University of Manchester.

The Alliance recognizes that collectively it represents thousands of job and career opportunities that are adjacent to some of the highest concentrations of unemployment and benefit dependency. CMEA also recognizes that, if we are able to tap into the talent of these vibrant and diverse communities, the result will be as good for business as it is for the quality of life in the area.

The Greater Manchester Employer Coalition consists of key employers from a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. It helps shape local and national employment and skills policy, representing the views of employers across the Greater Manchester sub-region