Collaborative working in Calderdale to promote Talent Match

Collaborative working in Calderdale to promote Talent Match

It was announced at the beginning of the year that Calderdale College are the Local Strategic Partner for Talent Match in Calderdale. Since then the College have hosted their first meeting with representatives from organisations in Calderdale who work with young people to support them into work or closer to work. Organisations included:

•Ahead Partnership
•C&K Careers
•Calderdale College
•Calderdale Council
•Calderdale Foundation
•DWP
•G4S Employment Support Services
•Groundwork
•Interserve
•NB Forum
•Orange Box
•St Augustins Centre
•Together Housing
•Womens Centre
•Your Consortium
•Youth Association

Mark Lunn, Director of External Funding at Calderdale College comments on the first meeting: “Initial discussions suggest that organisations in Calderdale are doing great work to engage with young people furthest away from the job market; however we need to collate all this information and work together on initiatives to better support young people to get into, or closer to work. We hope to work more closely together and collaboratively going forward”

Since the programme was launched in the Leeds City Region key successes include:

  • 874 Young People have enrolled onto Talent Match.
  • 1018 Interventions (Work Experience, courses and specialist support) have been accessed by young people through Talent Match.
  • 197 Young people have progressed into full time work (16+ hours) at National Minimum Wage or over.
  • 41 Young people have sustained their job for 6 months.

The aim of the Leeds City Region Talent Match Project is to engage with approximately 2,300 young people aged 18-24 who are long term unemployed and who require intensive support and coaching through a Key Worker approach in order to access a flexible and responsive pathway which will support them to get into, or closer to work.

The next meeting will take place at the Orange Box from 1pm on Tuesday 19th April. Representatives and organisations in Calderdale who would like to find out more information about Talent Match or be involved in the meetings you are more than welcome to attend. Please email alexa@calderdale.ac.uk or call 01422 399339. 
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