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Talent Match

Pedestrian named partner for the Big Lottery Fund’s Talent Match initiative

Pedestrian has been announced as a partner for Talent Match, a Big Lottery Funded initiative that will help local 18 to 24 year-olds who have been out of work for more than 12 months.

Together with lead Talent Match partner for the Leicester and Leicestershire, The Prince’s Trust, a panel of local young people and a number of local partners from across the voluntary, public and private sectors, we’ve been awarded £2.5 million to deliver local solutions for long-term unemployed young people living locally. Our partnership aims to engage, inspire and support those who are furthest from the labour market and we are focusing on local areas with high unemployment - Beaumont Leys, New Parks, Braunstone and Rowley Fields and Spinney Hill wards and in Leicestershire, the Greenhill Ward near Coalville in the District of North West Leicestershire.

Together our partnership will devise the best ways to support local young people to boost their confidence and skills, and support them back into the workplace. Those involved include DHL Logistics Ltd, Highfields Community Association, JobCentre Plus, Leicester & Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Leicester & Leicestershire County Council, Leicester College, Leicester College of Further Education, Leicester Community Music Project, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Leicestershire County Council, Menphys Ltd, North West Leicestershire District Council, Pedestrian Ltd, Prescient Power, Ltd, Seed Creativity Ltd, Somali Development Services, UR Choice Young People’s Project, Whitwick Community Enterprises (Community Connections) and Wotbox Participation.

About Talent Match – the national picture

Talent Match is a £108million investment aimed at tackling youth unemployment in 21 areas of England hardest hit by the economic downturn. It will support young people who are furthest away from being work-ready to secure employment or take up enterprising opportunities. Talent Match is a five-year investment for young people aged 18-24 who have not been in employment, education or training (NEET) for 12 months or more, and need particular support to help them into work. The investment was co-designed with young people and will continue to have young people at the heart of decision making throughout the programme.

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Nat Sloane, England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said ‘Youth unemployment is an issue that threatens the hopes of an entire generation as well as our whole economic wellbeing. Talent Match promises to help the very hardest to reach young people to make the most of their skills and ambitions, not just as an end goal, but by giving them a say in how the programme itself is designed and put into practice.

‘The funding announced today is a key step on a very exciting journey as it means the real work can now begin. By bringing together employers and the knowledge of key charities, Talent Match will help ensure today’s young people have the maximum help and support they need to find a fulfilling and rewarding career.’

Blake Pain, the county council's Cabinet member for economic development, said: "It's great news that the Greenhill area of Coalville has been successful in securing Big Lottery funding for the exciting Talent Match initiative.

"Talent Match is something I've followed with great interest since attending the inaugural meeting in 2012 and I'm sure many young people will benefit from the opportunities which the programme offers and that can only be good for the future economy of the county."

John O’Reilly, Director at The Prince’s Trust in Central England, added: “Talent Match will support long-term unemployed young people in Leicestershire by matching them with a dedicated mentor who will help boost their confidence and skills, and support them back into the workplace. The Prince’s Trust and all its partner organisations would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to The Big Lottery Fund for this incredibly generous investment in young people. Last year, three in four young people on Prince’s Trust programmes moved into work, education or training. We look forward to helping many more as a direct result of this funding.”

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