You can’t be what you can’t see

StateTalking connects State Schools across Manchester with relatable role models.

Our speakers represent an amazing cross-section of the city; every type of person doing every type of job. The talks help the young people of Manchester to think bigger and beyond what they think is possible for them. 

We also support schools to mobilise their alumni networks.

If any School is interested in a talk or to discuss their alumni network please complete this form. All state maintained secondary schools, academies and colleges (11 – 18) in Greater Manchester can apply for a talk.

State Talking is currently sponsored by Russell WBHO, one of the north west’s largest and most high profile construction companies. Employees from the business will also be among those to give their time and expertise to the initiative.

Andrew Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “Children and young people need role models and State Talking is doing an amazing job of putting highly successful and yet totally relatable professionals in front of young audiences across Greater Manchester. I truly believe that these interactions can motivate, inspire, focus and ultimately change lives”.

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