Our Talent Match project supports young people into employment.

Youth workers based at our Bradford Centre have successfully helped more than 600 young people to find appropriate work opportunities or training.

Operating under the Talent Match project – a national programme to support young people into employment and backed by Big Lottery Funding – our key workers have been providing regular weekly contact time with individuals who for various reasons may not be equipped to find work by themselves. They may have left care, have no sense of direction, have no positive role models to help motivate them, or may have mental health problems.

During the weekly sessions they are helped to set goals and are coached on how to reach their targets. The aim is it get them into volunteering roles, apprenticeships or even work. Talent Match allows for individual contact time for up to a year so key workers have time to get to know participants and have a better chance of matching the right people with the right employers.

Our thanks go to the wonderful Brathay key worker who took a genuine interest and made sure to put forward the right people for our business. With her help we took on Nicole who was the most quiet, unassuming person any of us had come across. We were a bit unsure but then she brought out her portfolio and literally came to life. She’s now a huge asset to the business and a great member of the team.

Nicole's employer

One of the best things about the programme was that my key worker helped me to find jobs in areas I wanted a career in, unlike the Job Centre where I felt pressured to apply for jobs I wouldn’t enjoy.