Getting the young into work


A scheme to help unemployed young people in Hastings and Rother is aiming to bring employers and local organisations together to get young people back into work.

Talent Match is a £108m Big Lottery Fund investment in 21 Talent Match Projects in England aimed at helping long-term unemployed young people, aged 18-24, to gain employment.



Its aim is to ensure the skills and experience of the voluntary and community sector can be used to help tackle youth unemployment and it has been designed by young people, for young people.

The project in the South East of England is being led by The Prince’s Trust.

In East Sussex, the team works primarily in Hastings and Bexhill, also reaching out to young people in rural areas.

Since it was set up, Talent Match has engaged with 190 young people locally, providing support and mentoring as they seek employment.

The team recently joined forces with Culture Shift to programme a series of Creative Cafes – events designed to support young people to meet employers and businesses.

The Creative Café at the Stade Hall in Hastings gave young people the opportunity to meet a range of employers from large national businesses to small start-ups, including construction, banking, retail, and engineering.

Young people interested in being supported by a Talent Match Mentor can call Stacey Hide on 07415 366023.

Businesses able to offer a job, apprenticeship or work experience can call Vicky Fagan on 07734 777055.