Talent Match

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 project is worth £6.9m over 5 years and will operate across the 5 districts of West Yorkshire including; Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield and will therefore be responsive to need identified by local panels and collated by Local Infrastructure Partners.
Partnership Information
For information about the members of the Talent Match partner members in the Leeds City Region please click here…



Talent Match provides dynamic support for young people across the five areas of the Leeds City Region – helping them get employment and volunteering experience through a range of keyworker and intervention partners based in the community and voluntary sector.
The current programme has been running for 4 years and these statistics are drawn from the operation to October 2017

2242 young people engaged on the programme
773 progressed into work
423 sustained full time employment for 6 months
144 progressed into formal education
520 taken part in volunteering


65% have improved their confidence due to taking part
51% have reduced their feelings of anxiety
63% feel more worthwhile as a result of Talent Match
67% now feel more satisfied with life as a whole

The success of the programme is due mainly to the dedication, commitment and energy of the Keyworkers in the field.  From January to October 2017 the Keyworkers logged 28,611 hours of mentoring and support to young people in the area.
That’s the equivalent of:
1192 days or
3.25 years of continuous support!
If you would like to download a Statistics Fact Sheet in pdf format then please click here…




A huge thank you to all who made the 2017 Celebration Conference that was held in Leeds at the beginning of December.  A special thanks goes to Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK for here powerful presentation and to all the Youth Ambassadors who made the event ‘happen’.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Talent Match Awards.  They are:
Inspirational Story of the Year:
Winner – Nikita Wilson
Runner Up – Madeyah Asghar
Keyworker of the Year:
Winner – Tasha Clement
Runner Up – Anne Hampson
Employer of the Year
Winner – Code Blue Communications
Runner Up – Paperworks
Youth Ambassador of the Year:
Winner – Jonathan Whettlock
Runners Up – Mellissa Perkes and Naomi Gallagher
We’ve uploaded all the videos that were used at the conference and you can find them by following the links below…
Beth’s Story…
Amber’s Story…
Youth Ambassador’s Story…
Conference End…
We asked those who attended the conference to complete a feedback form and a copy of the form is available for download in pdf format here…
Finally thank you to all the Keyworkers and Intervention Partners across the Leeds City Region for all their great work and a big thanks goes to all the staff at the Leeds Marriott Hotel for making us feel so welcome.
Here’s to next year!!!!


SESKU’s Story
SESKU Academy has been involved as a partner on the Talent Match programme since the very beginning.
We’ve just produced a new video featuring Lewis and Jack – two people who took part in the programme – and Adam who runs SESKU.  To check out the video please click here…

Adam’s Story

Adam spent some time unemployed due to a lack of skills.  He has been supported by Talent Match into paid employment – working with HR Training in Leeds.
The company specialises in training and skills development in the construction industry.
Check out our new short case study video here…


Stacey’s Story

Stacey is a recent participant on the Leeds City Region Talent Match programme.  After receiving intense support from Jenny, her keyworker at Learning Partnerships she is moving on with her life and taking part in new volunteering and training developments – with a particular focus on sport.
Click here to check out her video.