10GM - A joint venture to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Greater Manchester

VCSE Workforce Development

We're all trying to make Greater Manchester a place where people can be healthy, happy, and live fulfilling lives. The way we run our organisations can make a real difference to the VCSE sector staff's health and well-being.

With our VCSE partners, we have been looking into what we can do to look after and nurture the people that we work with - to understand what the current challenges are for supporting our workforce. In response to this research, we are launching The VCSE Workforce Development Project to address issues such as recruitment, nurturing new talent, diversity and inclusion, leadership and well-being.

10GM has worked with Greater Manchester's Local VCSE Infrastructure Organisations to establish a collective workforce development hub for the sector focusing on key priorities that align with the GM Workforce Strategy / People Plan and the Health Education England Workforce Development Priorities. 

Priorities of the project 


Activities



Research



Background to the programme 


Priorities of the project 

 

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Recruitment and retention of a diverse VCSE workforce

 

Looking after our people
Workforce wellbeing

 

Leadership
Support for diverse and emerging leadership in the VCSE sector

 

New Ways of Working
Increased collaboration across the VCSE, public and private sectors to enable a strategic approach to workforce development.

Activities

View a summary of the programme's activities:

We’re offering a range of learning and professional development workshops and activities to increase the capability in the VCSE sector to support and nurture the workforce, cultivating talent, and sharing insight, tools and approaches.

Learning and professional development activities.

We'll be commissioning research into our sector's diversity, pay and conditions. We'll report on our findings and use them to shape our future work. You can find snapshots of some of the research we've conducted below.

10GM will launch a 'VCSE Recruitment Portal' for Greater Manchester. The portal will better connect Greater Manchester's working people with our sector jobs.  

The Greater Manchester Workforce Hub has been created for the VCSE sector, by the VCSE sector. The Workforce Hub is a go-to resource for all VCSE workforce needs in Greater Manchester. Explore HR, recruitment, talent development, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and wellbeing through networks, learning opportunities, and comprehensive toolkits.

Launching in conjunction, the GM Recruitment Hub is a job board for all VCSE vacancies across Greater Manchester. You'll be able to discover diverse roles spanning all 10 boroughs. From fundraising and marketing to campaigning, project management, and leadership positions. 

We'll be increasing the capacity of VCSE organisations to attract, retain and develop their workforce by providing information and resources such as information on HR Support Providers with VCSE sector expertise and HR Policy standard templates.

We'll increase the capability in the VCSE sector to support and nurture the workforce, cultivating talent, and sharing insight, tools and approaches. 

The GM Workforce and Recruitment Hubs are now  live

The 2019 VCSE workforce capability report, commissioned by GM Health and Social Care Partnership, highlighted issues, and recommendations across 6 key areas: HR support, Recruitment, Inclusion, Personal Development, Leadership Development and Wellbeing.

The 10GM VCSE Workforce Development project has implemented the recommendations of this report, working with the VCSE sector’s Local Infrastructure Organisations in GM, to establish a collective workforce development hub built purposely for the VCSE workforce so that we can become:

Better, more inclusive employers.

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Better equipped to support our mental health and wellbeing, and that of our colleagues.

Led by confident and effective change-makers. 

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Strong, resilient, and motivated. 

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An attractive and competitive option for jobseekers. 

GM Workforce Hub

The Greater Manchester Workforce Hub has been created for the VCSE sector, by the VCSE sector. The Workforce Hub will be your go-to resource for all VCSE workforce needs in Greater Manchester. Explore HR, recruitment, talent development, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and wellbeing through networks, learning opportunities, and comprehensive toolkits.

We also launched the GM Recruitment Hub – a job board for all VCSE vacancies across Greater Manchester. You'll be able to discover diverse roles spanning all 10 boroughs. From fundraising and marketing to campaigning, project management, and leadership positions. 

Contribute to shaping a stronger VCSE workforce


10GM’s VCSE Workforce Development Programme is conducting a series of surveys on HR, Payroll and EAP systems and services used within Greater Manchester’s VCSE Sector.

The ‘State of the GM VCSE Sector 2021’ report shows there is a real need for greater support around HR in our organisations. In response to this research, the GM VCSE Workforce Development Programme (led by 10GM) is gathering information about what workforce services are working well for your organisation and what other personnel/workforce support needs there are in our sector.

Take part in our surveys. 


Pay and Conditions Survey 

Research on the GM VCSE Workforce showed that salary is one of the most prominent barriers to recruitment in the sector. Salaries are not representative of the skills and knowledge needed for the role, and record levels of inflation and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis is continuing to put financial pressure on VCSE organisations - it’s no surprise that salary expectations are more crucial to jobseekers than ever. 

In response to this research, we're gathering information about pay and conditions in Greater Manchester’s VCSE Organisations. This survey will really help us to understand where the sector stands with pay and conditions compared to other sectors, it will help drive improvements, and provide support for the sector with salary benchmarking.

You can still take part in the survey. Although we've closed this survey for analysis, you can still participate. We'll continue to use your views to inform our work. We'll share a snapshot of the results soon. 

Payroll Survey 

We’ve found a crucial need for better HR & employment support in our organisations, so the GM VCSE Workforce Development Programme iso we've found out what payroll services work best for VCSE organisations and what other support is needed. View the snapshot to see who responded, and what they said. 

You can still take part in the survey. Although we've closed this survey for analysis, you can still participate. We'll continue to use your views to inform our work. 

HR Survey 

We've gathered information about what Human Resources services are working well for VCSE organisations in GM and what additional support is needed that our programme can help put in place. View the snapshot to see who responded, and what they said. 

You can still take part in the survey. Although we've closed this survey for analysis, you can still participate. We'll continue to use your views to inform our work. 

Background of the programme

Our Greater Manchester State of the VCSE Sector report 2021 identified that there were a total of 75,610 paid employees (equal to 46,122 FTE) in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Greater Manchester. These paid staff sat alongside a total of 496,609 volunteers (including committee members and trustees). Most of our organisations face workforce challenges and also want to show leadership by being inclusive and supportive employers.

In late 2019, we worked with NHS colleagues to increase our understanding of the VCSE sector's workforce and in particular how well-being is supported. Below is a short video in which one of our 10GM Directors, Mike Wild, discusses some of the issues around workforce wellbeing in our sector - and why it's important that we pay attention to it.

Get involved 

If you'd like to find out more about the VCSE Workforce Development Project, or you'd like to get involved in our work, get in touch. 


Page last reviewed: 19 April 2024.


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