Praise for employment scheme which has closed after helping almost 400 Doncaster youngsters

Some of the young people who have been helped by the Talent Match employment programme.
Some of the young people who have been helped by the Talent Match employment programme.

An employment scheme which has closed after helping almost 400 young people in Doncaster has been praised.

Since 2014 the Doncaster arm of the national project Talent Match, which works one-to-one with 18-24 year-olds who have been jobless for over a year, has supported 392 of the town’s most vulnerable young jobless.

The scheme has closed due to the funding from the Big Lottery finishing, but the team at Doncaster Community Arts, where the scheme was housed, have said it was an excellent service.

Assistant Director Lucy Robertshaw, said: “We have loved having the opportunity to meet and work with some extraordinary young people through Talent Match.

“Our approach has always been to listen to what young people are telling us. By listening and believing in them, we were able to equip them with the personal skills, emotional resilience and practical tools  they needed to move forward into education and employment.”

Talent Match worked with 19 local businesses and helped 144 clients into employment.

Of those young clients , 88 were still in sustained employment six months later, while others had been put on their journey to work via apprenticeships, voluntary work, work placements, full time education or part time employment.  

Clients were helped to grow their skills and confidence, and equipped for work with additional financial support for training courses and travel expenses for workwear and tools.  

In Doncaster an average of £170 was spent on financial help per client, a total spend of £66,921.

A ‘No One Left Behind’ conference’, a celebration of Talent Match SCR’s achievements, was held at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium where stakeholders praised the results gained by the programme.

Scott Hignett, head of funding at The Big Lottery Fund, said: “Talent Match has taught us that and exceptional mentors have resulted in exceptional success.”