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New Talent Match London

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 life.

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.

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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 years".

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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.

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