24 Feb 16

Talent Match London sets out blueprint for employers and providers

On Tuesday 23 February we  launched our first learning report, Reach out. Enable. Connect. The report takes a look at Talent Match London’s unique youth work approach to employability and our learning from the past two years of delivery.

More than 250 young Londoners facing some of the biggest barriers to building careers have landed jobs through this approach which reaches out, re-engages, and connects them back into jobs, training and self employment opportunities.

They are among almost 1,000 long-term unemployed 18-25-year-olds who have been given the chance to forge their own futures through Talent Match London. Many of these young people had previously been ‘hidden’ from offReport cover of Reach out. Enable. Connect.icial statistics because they are not in work or education or claiming out of work benefits.

During its first two years of delivery, the Talent Match programme has:

  • Engaged 939 young Londoners facing the biggest barriers to getting work: from young mums to former gang members, to those simply lacking the confidence or skills to find jobs. 41% of them were not previously accessing any support and are now getting support to overcome barriers to employment
  • Helped 227 of those young people into employment, with continued support to make sure they can sustain jobs once they are in them
  • Supported a further 39 into self-employment

Using official data, Talent Match London estimates that the capital has as many as 35,000 disengaged and jobless young people who – for a variety of complex reasons – are not claiming any out of work benefits and therefore by and large do not or cannot access help to build positive futures for themselves.

Steph Taylor, Head of Talent Match London said:

There are many young Londoners who, because they are out of work and not claiming benefits, are off the radar and not accessing support they want or need.

What we’ve achieved is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is real progress and we hope our learning so far gives policymakers, employers and practitioners some insights that they can build on. We have listened to young people to find out what engages them and worked with employers and voluntary agencies to design a model which really works and isn’t just about quick fixes.”

Mark Hayward, Deputy Director, Strategic Programmes, at Big Lottery Fund said:

Long-term unemployed young people are hard to reach and even harder to employ. Talent Match London has used creative ideas from young people to engage their peers in positive and productive futures. It offers young people the chance to learn about a range of career paths involved in anything from creating animations to setting up a bike repair business. Talent Match partnerships across the country have been using new approaches just like this with a genuine focus on enabling young people who face the biggest barriers to become the best they can be in their life.

Of the 939 young unemployed people so far engaged: 11% are caring for somebody; 16% have a disability; 17% have a child; 20% are ex-offenders; and 18% have experienced homelessness.

Young people’s experiences are also captured in Reach out. Enable. Connect. One young man who has recently set up his own business said:

With the support from Talent Match London I was starting to see what other people could see in me and started believing in myself a bit more and not to be scared of taking risks.

you can download your copy of Reach out. Enable. Connect. here.