The New Year is looking a lot brighter for young jobseekers in the Sheffield City Regions as the Big Lottery Fund announces the area is to receive £10m from Talent Match, its £100m youth unemployment initiative. Youth charity Sheffield Futures is delighted to announce they are the lead organisation for the programme. The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of good causes money from the National Lottery, launched the nationwide Talent Match scheme, designed by young people for young people, with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities. Now the Fund has awarded the Sheffield Futures £9,898,497 to help local young people who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months.
Sheffield Futures will now use the money to work up local solutions to a nationwide problem that threatens serious consequences for an entire generation of young people and the wider economy. The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment has estimated that the issue will cost £28 billion over the next decade.
Sarah Gregory, Sheffield Futures Project Manager for Talent Match said ‘A provider framework has been completed during September 2013 and we are a pleased that this network is now in place. However, if you are a local employer and are interested in getting involved to support young people, then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org’
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 the private sector 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.’
Sheffield Futures Interim CEO, Lynne Hilson, says “Talent Match is a targeted programme for young people (aged 18-24) who have really struggled to find their career path or find work. We are delighted the programme is to be lead by the community voluntary sector as these are grass roots organisations which have direct access to the young people who need it most. We are already working with many young people on a regional basis and have started to bring together the range of challenges facing young people from across the regions. Talent Match hopes to help young people overcome barriers to employment. Sheffield Futures is really excited to be leading on a project like Talent Match as we see it as a spring board to hopefully attracting other vital programmes of support like this to our regions’ young people”
The Talent Match partners in Sheffield City Region have responded positively to the launch. Neil Coulson, Project Lead for Doncaster Consortium says ‘Talent Match presents a fantastic opportunity to change the lives of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) across the Sheffield City Region, especially in these challenging economic times. By providing a range of support such as coaching, mentoring and specialist advice and help, the programme will be a route into employment and enterprise for many of our young people who are furthest away from the jobs market.’
Steve Kirk, Managing Director, Independent Local Solutions CIC (the trading arm of Rotherham’s Children Young People and Families voluntary sector consortium) says “I am delighted to be the Rotherham Partner for Sheffield City Region Talent Match programme. We are looking forward to working with a wide range of providers to help locate and work with the hardest to reach young people in our borough not currently engaging with in employment, education or training. The Talent Match funding from the Big Lottery will make a huge difference to the lives of individuals in their journey into employment and the community as a whole in Rotherham’
A group representing the voice of young people from the Sheffield City Regions have played a crucial role in the commissioning process. Peter Robertshaw, aged 21 says ‘I loved the training and I have met everlasting friends. Taking part in the Talent Match programme for us has changed lives. No matter what, we all need help into work and this is a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people; helping them into work by developing their skills’.
“Talent Match is an excellent opportunity for young people and it will offer many a brighter future” says Samantha Doyle, aged 24.
For other enquiries regarding Talent Match from across the regions, please get in touch with our local partners working across the region on our behalf:
The 21 areas in England where investments are being made are:
The Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Coventry and Warwickshire
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Greater Birmingham and Solihull
Leeds City Region
Leicester and Leicestershire
Liverpool City Region
Sheffield City Region
Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire
Hereford, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
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