Youth Employment Tackled with TalentMatch LCR

Liverpool City Region investment charity, One Ark, is partnering with TalentMatch LCR, a Big Lottery funded initiative which has invested £6.6 million into the region to provide unique mentoring and employment opportunities for young people who may be struggling to secure work.

Tomorrow [Thursday 22nd January] sees the initiative celebrate its one year anniversary with an event at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Young people helped by TalentMatch LCR have been invited to a question and answer session where they can gain frank advice and opinions from a panel of decision makers from the region, including One Ark’s social impact coordinator Helen Paton and Councillor Nick Small. This event will also celebrate a year of success for the initiative via an exhibition.

TalentMatch LCR is aimed at young people aged 18-24 who have been out of employment, education or training (NEETs) for over 12 months and who are furthest away from the job market. The programme provides mentoring, training and support, for example assistance with job applications or interview preparation. It also works with hidden NEETS – young people, often with complex barriers to employment, who are not engaged with employment or training programmes and who require intensive support.

TalentMatch LCR aims to help Liverpool’s youth back onto the career ladder, by helping them capitalise on new job opportunities. Key to this are ‘youth champions’; young ambassadors embedded within each of the city’s communities, working closely with the people that TalentMatch LCR supports to fully understand their needs and future goals. 

One Ark has joined the initiative’s board and has plans to forge future partnerships with TalentMatch LCR and other likeminded organisations to provide even greater training and mentoring opportunities for Liverpool City Region residents.

Director of enterprise and investment at One Ark, Helen Wills, said: “We partner with local agencies and likeminded organisations wherever possible to create inspiring and sustainable opportunities for Liverpool City Region residents who wouldn’t normally have access to them. Everyone we work with shares our desire to help and support the people who live in the communities that surround us.

“Our work with TalentMatch LCR is a perfect example of this and we’re proud to team up with the initiative to create real chances for young people who haven’t had an easy start or who may be considered vulnerable. We’re passionate about championing projects which raise the aspirations of young people and generate even more positive life changes for people throughout the region.”

TalentMatch LCR is a Liverpool City Region programme. It is part of the nationwide TalentMatch initiative, running projects in 21 areas of the UK. The total fund being distributed across the country is valued at £108 million.

TalentMatch LCR, which is part-funded by the Big Lottery, last year exceeded its target for finding lasting employment for young people engaged with the programme by 10 per cent.

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