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…


Aaron’s Story
it was great to catch up with Aaron as he works towards his apprenticeship qualification in Business Administration and Management with Prospects Bradford.  As a young person he has had a number of major challenges including spells of homelessness and addressing his ADHD.  He has really progressed as a Talent Match participant and also as an ambassador for the programme.  You can check out his video here…


Vivek’s Story
Vivek got involved with Talent Match through a Keyworker at Paddock Community Trust in Huddersfield.  They supported him and helped him make contact with Code Blue Communications and he is now employed with them full time.  We interviewed Vivek, Christina and Russell and put a short case study together which you can see here…


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…