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If you're not in education, work or training,Talent Match could help you!


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If you're not in education, work or training,Talent Match could help you!

Posted by The Source on 12 April 2017

Talent Match is a youth project helping young people into work, if they are aged 18-24 and have been unemployed or out of education for 12 months or more.

Talent Match is a 5 year Big Lottery funded project, creating new opportunities for young people. Talent Match brings together a variety of employers, education and training providers, and works in partnership with local charities like the Prince's Trust and Community Action Suffolk.

The overall aim of Talent Match is to tackle youth unemployment across England, and help young people overcome barriers to get the skills they need for work.

Young people helped design this project, and they will continue to be involved in planning and decision-making throughout the programme.

Talent Match puts young people at the centre of the process, and can support you to find work in a variety of different ways to suit you and your needs.

If you have been unemployed or out of education for 12 months or more, you can receive free one to one support to get the job you want.

Talent Match provides information, advice and guidance in everything relating to your learning and employment. This includes things like:

  • Interview skills
  • CV writing
  • Confidence building
  • Personal development workshops

Talent Match will also help find you relevant training, volunteering or work experience, to make sure you get the job you want.

They can work with you and find out about your skills and interests, to find a work experience placement that suits you. They will speak to local employers, and can find opportunities for you that might not even be advertised to the public.

Talent Match also offers subsidised work placements - meaning you will have a paid job for up to 6 months. Throughout your placement, you will receive full support, and there are also opportunities to progress on to a full-time, permanent job.

There is also funding available for some young people to make life easier, and make sure nothing stops you from getting that job.

This could include money for things like:

  • Travel costs
  • Smart clothes for interviews
  • Work uniform
  • CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) which shows you have the skills to work in your trade
  • And even the possibility of funding to start your own business!

If you want to know more about Talent Match and how they could help you, just get in touch:

Ipswich area - contact Daniel Flory, email; daniel.flory@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

Waveney - contact Steve Skippen, email; steven.skippen@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or Lydia Metcalf, email; lydia.metcalf@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk

You can also find them on social media - drop Talent Match a message on Facebook or Twitter.

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