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Posted 19 January 2016

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£100,000 to support young people

We have successfully secured up to £100,000 to fund our Talent Match programme for a further 12 months.

Talent Match is a programme, funded by the National Lottery through the Humber Learning Consortium, aimed at 18 – 24 year olds that are have not been employed for more than 12 months or in education or training. The aim of the project is to support young people back into employment or training.

It is a mentoring programme where young people work on a one to one basis with their assigned mentor. They will be given support in applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, building confidence and life skills along with group activities to improve their team working ability.

The programme has been running for 12 months and has successfully supported 37 people. It was a successful first year with one person progressing onto a University degree, seven into employment, apprenticeships or traineeships, one into further education and the rest are currently working with the Employment Support Team, based at Crosby Employment, to further their skills and qualifications.

Jan Williams, Head of Community Investment at Ongo, is delighted that the funding has been secured for a further 12 months. She said: “It’s brilliant that the team can carry on with the great work they’ve been doing on the Talent Match programme. They have given some extremely valuable support to young people and the results have been fantastic.

“Over the next 12 months we aim to support 40 more young people living in North Lincolnshire who haven’t worked for at least a year and are not in education or training. People often find it daunting and difficult getting back into work after a long gap in employment and and for some it will be their first job.  This programme helps to tackle these barriers and give them the confidence and skills they need.”

The £100,000 funding will be spent on staff costs for the mentors, paying for training courses for the people on the programme along with travel costs, child care payments and even providing interview clothes when they’re ready to apply for work.

The team are keen to find young people who meet the criteria for the programme.  If you are aged 18 to 24 and have not worked for more than 12 months then please get in touch.   

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