Since 2014 Talent Match has worked alongside young adults, providing safe places where young adults can go to receive intensive mentoring support, access information, advice guidance and a wide range of bespoke support packages.
The uniqueness of Talent Match is that it is led by the aspirations, needs and wishes of the young adults it is designed to support.
Young adults work alongside key stakeholders to realise shared ambitions, play the central role in deciding how the project is delivered, how it’s governed, and how it and its aims are communicated and how it delivers its outcomes. Young adults from the outset are involved in co-designing their own tailored support to develop personalised pathways, access bespoke support and the right advice and guidance.
Talent Match is a project for young people by young people and one that fully recognises that “if you carry on doing what you’ve always done you will always get what you’ve always got”.
Talent Match supports young adults who are in greatest need, face the biggest challenges and experience inequalities on a daily basis. Young adults in the justice system are predominately drawn from the poorest and most disadvantaged families and communities, have multiple problems and complex needs. Young adults who face long term unemployment, experience the care system or have been homeless often have poor mental health, increased levels of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness. All of this is now compounded by the global pandemic during which young adults have been adversely affected, with increased levels of mental ill health and increased unemployment.
Our experience shows that the Talent Match intensive, holistic, person centred approach works for young adults who are most vulnerable and furthest away from the labour market.
Working alongside young adults so that they;
- Take up training, Further or Higher Education or specialist support services e.g. dependency support.
- Have access to young adult led projects and peer support.
- Are able to access suitable, stable and safe accommodation.
- Are able to access ‘safe spaces’ within the community where they can go to access the individual support they need.
- Have access to quality vocational training and local employment opportunities.
We know from our work since 2014 that this approach will lead to young adults;
- Having improved confidence, motivation, optimism and resilience.
- Ceasing or reducing their offending behaviour.
- Securing employment or self-employment.