Talent Match is a National social research project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, designed to support 18 to 30-year-olds who have been out of work or training for a minimum of 12 months.
Talent Match brings together a partnership of local organisations to help young adults back into work. The diversity of professionals engaged in the partnership work has been the key to its ongoing success.
The partnership is led by the Princes Trust in Leicester and Leicestershire and has been recognised as an exemplar project within the National programme. It brings employers, young people local authorities, colleges and other charities together to innovate.
The team co design and co deliver a range of services. It is real partnership work in action - ‘No one organisation can meet the needs of the most vulnerable.’
The partnership has worked with over 1000 young adults since 2014, 42% of these were not known to DWP: hidden from youth unemployment statistics. The average length of unemployment is over 27 months. 52% of all clients worked with have sustained paid work for 6 months or more.
The team cover some of the most rural areas across Leicestershire and have a well-established footprint across Leicester city. The partnership have a great working knowledge and history surrounding employability modelling for the area.
- Intensive one-to-one support tailored to a young person's needs delivered by IAG professionals.
- Increased confidence and motivation via employer led group developmental experiences.
- Employer research and development for the employability sector.
- Wage incentives to employers.
- Collective employment pilots.
- Ongoing in-work support after getting a job.
- Hidden Disability awareness raising and employer support.
Talent Match Leicestershire has won a range of regional and National awards for their work.
2016 – Princes Trust National Young Ambassador of the year – Peer modelling
2017 – Chamber of Commerce – Education business partnership winners
2017 – Princes Trust Regional winner Breakthrough Award
2018 – National Mentor of the Year – As voted by ITV good Morning Britain’s viewers.
2018 – Finalists ERSA awards – Team of the Year and Significant Achiever