Talent Match London is a partnership of organisations testing innovative youth-led solutions to unemployment & sharing learning for social impact. Talent Match London is led by London Youth and funded by Big Lottery Fund as part of their nationwide Talent Match funding stream.
Since launching the programme in 2014 we’ve learnt there are three elements that make up our approach successful:
Talent Match London uses creative ways to engage young people disengaged from existing provision. The programme works within communities and localised networks to reach out to those who may not proactively access support.
Youth Centred Approach:
Talent Match London empowers and supports young people to carve out their own career plan. Each young person has a designated worker, who provides them with tailored support to meet their needs and aspirations.
Talent Match London works with employers to give young people insight into the world of work. Beyond creating specific job opportunities, this is about helping young people become job ready, and employers to be better able to support and sustain them in jobs.
Why Talent Match London exists
Before the initial development of Talent Match London, young people were telling us that unemployment was the key issue affecting their lives. Unemployment leads to many negative outcomes, but being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later life in terms of subsequent lower pay, higher unemployment and reduced life chances.
London has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the UK. Unemployment in London is two and a half times higher for 16-24 year olds than it is for those aged 25-64. Worst still many unemployed young people in London aged 18-24 are not accessing support through Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.
Talent Match London was created to support this group of “hidden” 18-24 year olds who have been out of employment or training for at least a year. They are young people who are not accessing statutory services, who are furthest from the labour market and who face a number of barriers to entering work without a new approach
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.
Where we work
Talent Match London is supporting young people across nine boroughs; Barking & Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest.
These boroughs have been identified as having large gaps in provision for supporting disadvantaged young people’s needs – particularly those with entrenched barriers.
We are interested in sharing our learning for the benefit of all young Londoners and welcome enquiries about working in new boroughs.
Talent Match London takes a partnership approach to employability so that all young people can benefit from the expertise and experience of different organisations. This includes organisations that are rooted in their local community as well as those with a particular specialism in finding and supporting different groups into work.
Below are the organisations commissioned to delivery Talent Match London, click on their logo to go to their website and learn more about them:
Since January 2014, when we launched Talent Match London, 2201 young people aged 18-24 that were previously out of education, employment and training have been supported. To date:
- 340 young people have started work, with a further 106 having sustained employment for six months or more
- 37 young people have turned their idea into a reality by starting a business. A further 11 have been running their business for at least 12 months
Download our latest programme data report for full details of the young people that Talent Match London is reaching and the outcomes they are achieving – including a breakdown of those young people who were previously not being supported by statutory support services.
Director of Employability at City and Hackney Mind
Youth Programme Manager at Hackney CVS
Children, Family, Transition and Employment Service Coordinator at the Royal Association for Deaf people
Locality Manager for the Royal Mencap Society
Jeremy Crook OBE
Director of the Black Training and Enterprise Group
Children Services Manager at Barnardos
Children, Family and Transition Services Manager at RAD
Partnerships Director at RSBC
Programme Director at London Youth
Chief Executive at London Youth
Head of Policy and Communications at ERSA
Senior Project Officer at GLA
Senior Director of Young People’s Education and Skills at London Councils
Research Youth Advisor
Digital Communications Executive
Career Support Coach
Media and Communications Advisor
Lydia Mangeni Stewart
Senior Employability Manager
Head of Talent Match London
Talent Match Assistant
Media and Communications Advisor