Talent Match

The aim of the Leeds City Region Talent Match Project is to engage with  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 Celebration Conference 2019
11th June 2019
The Leeds Marriott Hotel

Talent Match has proven to be a profound and life changing project for over 2690 young people across West Yorkshire.  As the current programme comes to a close we want to celebrate the dedicated work of Keyworker partners and highlight the stories of challenge, change and hope told by young people. Over the last five years Talent Match has delivered innovative and dynamic support, giving a voice to young people and providing practical support into training and employment. We’ve seen 851 young people enter into sustained employment and move on in their lives in many different and exciting ways.
Please join us on the 11th June 2019 as we celebrate all the successes of the current programme and make plans for the future.
If you are a Talent Match Young Person or Staff Member please click here to go to the online booking form
Maybe you are interested in hearing all about the programme, meet some participants and here  fantastic and inspirational stories? Please click here to book your free external organisation event ticket.
For more information about the conference and the wider programme please click here to download an information A4 in pdf format.
Come along and help us celebrate 5 years of making positive changes in the lives of young people across the Leeds City region LEP area.



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…