Talent Match London works with employers at each stage of a young person’s journey, helping young people to explore, focus and achieve.


Explore opportunities offer young people the chance to expose themselves to different careers. Through one day taster sessions young people get a chance to test out a career or industry they hadn’t previously considered. Examples of previous explore opportunities include, exploring careers in tech with Microsoft, where participants also got to create an app for the Surface Tablet.


Experience opportunities are typically two to six week work experience placements to delve into a particular career path whilst developing skills. These could be paid or unpaid depending on the employer and length of placement. Examples of previous focus opportunities include: Paid two week placement with WhiteOak Underwriting, an insurance brokerage based in the Lloyds of London building, gaining experience of office administration.


Employment opportunities could be apprenticeships or entry level roles that young person can sustain for at least six months, with support from their Talent Match London support worker. Opportunities should pay at least the Living Wage Foundation’s London Living Wage, currently £9.75.

Talent Match Mark

Award for youth friendly employers

Launched in 2017 the Talent Match Mark is a prestigous new award for employers that recognises and celebrates outstanding organisations that support young people throughout their journey to work – encouraging and providing them with opportunities to explore and experience work as well as creating opportunities for employment.

There are four award levels of the Talent Match Mark; bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Employers are awarded for how many stages of a young person’s journey they offer career interventions.


Watch our short video introducing the Talent Match Mark.