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Celebrating young people’s achievements

Celebrating young people’s achievements

Ruth Durkin No Comment

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

Talent Match Coaches voted for 21 young people to win awards for their achievements in volunteering, helping to shape the programme, entering education, meeting challenges at enterprise camp, being young entrepreneurs and gaining employment on the wage fund programme (where employers receive funding to take on a new employee) and independently.

Talent Match is a programme for 18 – 24 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 1100 people in the region, through hubs in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bolsover, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. 150 young people are now in employment and of those, 100 are in long-term positions. Across the region there have been some huge achievements, including 100 young people taking on work placements, 80 have begun volunteering, 200 have re-entered education and 40 young people have taken an apprenticeship.”

Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer, Gail Gibbons said: “We are proud to celebrate Talent Match and pleased you could join us. I would like to thank all the Sheffield Futures and partner staff involved in this work”.

Phil Hayes from Groundwork South Yorkshire said: “At Talent Match, we tailor our work to each young person and recognise their needs. This is so important and creates a holistic and creative approach to helping young adults to achieve their goals.”

The young people were awarded with Sports Direct and other gift vouchers; worth up to £50 each and all runners up received £20 worth of vouchers. Sports Direct kindly donated the vouchers and a few extras that were entered into tombola.

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