Celebrating Young People’s Achievements

Celebrating Young People’s Achievements

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Talent Match, an employment programme for Sheffield City Region (SCR) celebrated the achievements of young adults at their annual awards ceremony in December.

Talent Match Coaches voted for 24 young people to win awards for their achievements in volunteering, helping to shape the programme, entering education, doing well at enterprise camp, being young entrepreneurs and gaining employment on the wage subsidy programme (where employers receive funding to take on a new employee.)

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Talent Match is a wage subsidy programme for 18 – 25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training, aimed at getting those furthest away from the job market into employment. The programme helps young people to promote themselves, build skills, find employment, get work experience and even helps to make business ideas happen!

Talent Match Manager Jo Booth said: “We’re so proud of the achievements of the young people on the Talent Match programme and we wanted to recognise that at our annual awards ceremony. Many of the young people lacked confidence when they started the programme and for some, collecting their award in front of a room full of people is a huge accomplishment.”

“Since January 2013, Talent Match has supported over 1600 people in the region, through hubs in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bolsover, Bassetlaw and North East Derbyshire. We are trying to get young people into jobs that last. In 2016 we helped 177 young people into employment and of those, 153 are in long-term positions. Across the region there have been some huge achievements, including 131 have begun volunteering, 442 have re-entered education.”

Sarah, a Talent Match Client said: “in a year, my life’s completely changed. I’ve got two parents with schizophrenia that are very ill and have never worked. I was a young career. I wanted to get a job but I found it very difficult but [Talent Match partner organisation] Changing Lives helped and made it very easy. When you normally get a job you worry about travel and stuff but having Talent Match – it just took all the worries away. It makes you a stronger person having that kind of family, as everyone’s nurturing you. Especially when I had a lot of anxiety it helped my confidence. Before Talent Match I barely opened my curtains. I’m a changed person. I always wanted to work in the NHS and last Thursday I got offered a permanent job as a Medical Receptionist. So much has changed in a year.”

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