Talent Match London
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Talent Match London is a partnership of
organisations testing innovative youth-led solutions to
unemployment & sharing learning for social impact.
Since January 2014 Talent Match London has been working with 18-24
year olds who have been out of employment or training for at least
a year, and who face significant barriers to employment, with a
particular emphasis on those who do not access formal support
through the benefits system.
Through a distinctive 'youth work' approach to employability,
Talent Match London aims not only to get young people into jobs,
but also to equip them with the skills, capabilities and desire to
navigate a fulfilling career pathway. Talent Match London is
focused on the long term, equipping young people with 'tools' for
Talent Match London is part of the Big Lottery
Fund's £100m, nationwide Talent Match programme which is focusing
on twenty-one youth unemployment hotspots across the country
through to 2019.
Originally, our partnerships at Rinova were
two amongst the five chosen by London Youth - the organisation
selected to lead Talent Match in London. These are with Collage
Arts and Rinova consortium members for a local delivery partnership
in North London and with the Princes Trust for the pan-London
Enterprise gateway. Since 2015 this work has been fully integrated
into the North London pathway with Collage Arts.
Unlike almost all other employability
programmes, Talent Match has been designed by young people, in
partnership with employers and the voluntary sector. Talent Match
has a genuine focus on enabling young people who face the biggest
barriers - such as through living with a disability or having
caring responsibilities - to have more and better opportunities to
get into sustainable jobs and careers. The programme is investing
in local partnerships, creating one-to-one support, outreach,
skills development and employer engagement in the areas where they
are most needed.
Richard Parkes of
Rinova said "Talent Match is a brilliant initiative that comes
at the challenges that young people face, in life and work,
from a completely different direction to many of the government
schemes that have struggled to perform. Instead, Talent Match has
been genuinely informed and designed by young people
themselves. As the Chief Executive of London Youth said at
its launch, Talent Match is about 'careers and not just jobs'. We're so excited
to be working with London Youth, with Collage Arts and with young
people, employers and all the stakeholders to making something
special happen over these five
Talent Match London has been designed to
provide not only the skills, but the confidence, resilience,
networks, and the sustained backing that young people might need as
they set out to navigate fulfilling career pathways.
As a 5-year, £10m programme in London, it
has the scale and investment needed to try to identify solutions to
long-term and complex challenges. Talent Match is as much about
testing different approaches and, learning from what already works
as inventing new solutions.