Project to help unemployed

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A project to help unemployed young people will be in Hastings town centre tomorrow (Saturday) to offer advice and guidance to help those looking for work.

Talent Match South East, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, helps long-term unemployed young people aged 18-24 gain employment across the region, including Hastings.

There are currently one in four young people (20 per cent) in Hastings struggling to find work, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Population Survey covering the period from October 2013 to September 2014.

Talent Match works in partnership with voluntary, public and private sector organisations and young people to offer opportunities such as mentoring, training, access to bursaries and work placements.

Rowan Pringle, from Talent Match in the south east, said: “Despite unemployment figures dropping across the UK, there are still far too many young people struggling to get back into work.

“At Talent Match our aim is to work with organisations across Hastings to give young people in the area the best possible opportunity to get back into work, education or training. We would encourage any young person who has been unemployed for more than a year and living in the Hastings area to come down on Saturday and find out a bit more about how we can help them.”

The young people helped by Talent Match have been unemployed for at least 12 months and many are also facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

Talent Match South East is one of 21 Talent Match projects across England funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It is designed by groups of young people, with direct experience of the specific issues where they live to help them back into work.

To find out more information about Talent Match call 0800 842 842 or email talentmatch.southeast@princes-trust.org.uk.