Talent Match: Leeds City Region

Information about the Leeds City Region Talent Match Project, which aims to help young people that are long term unemployed to get into work.



What is Talent Match?

Talent Match targets young people who are furthest away from the job market including those who are outside the benefits, work or training system and facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the Leeds City Region Talent Match Project aims 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.

Who can benefit?

Young people are eligible for the project if:

  • They are aged 18-24
  • They must have been unemployed for 12 months
  • They are resident within West Yorkshire.
  • Private, public and community and voluntary sector organisations can benefit by recruiting young people on Talent Match.  Opportunities for organisations include fully funded job creations - 30hrs a week over 6 months.

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Which organisations are involved?

Full details of the organisations involved in the delivery of Talent Match in the Leeds City Region can be found on the Your Consortium website

The following 5 organisations act as delivery partners in Leeds district:


Organisations around the Leeds City Region are also supporting Talent Match by signing up to our Employer’s Charter for young people, here is our most recent list: 


Action For Children

Ahead Partnership

Behind Closed Doors

Centre for Enterprise

Chain Lane Community Hub

CrossEyes Leeds

Dusty Miller Inn

Face the Future Online Ltd

Fresh Horizons

High Pole Haulage

Housing Leeds - Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Learn2fish Ltd

Licence First Ltd

Local Services 2 You

LW Autos

MacComms (Yorkshire) Ltd

Metals4u Ltd

Mr Flyer Ltd

Pediwear Shoe Centre Online

Pinsent Masons LLP

Purple Dog Training Ltd

Renew Leeds Limited (re'new)

Seven Search & Selection Ltd

St George's Crypt

The Cooking School at Dean Clough

The Rainbow Centre

Your Consortium Ltd

Organisations that have recruited through Talent Match

Over 100 organisations have benefited from Talent Match by employing young people through job creations, The full list can be viewed at the bottom of the page, here are just a selection of those who have recruited so far.

Aim Education



Northern Gas Networks

Freshly Made


Fusion Care IT



Science Warehouse


Seagulls Reuse

Housing Leeds

Skills Education

HR Training & Development

Slate Leeds

Hyde Park Source

TVC Holly Bush Conservation Area

Jigsaw Visitors Centre



Voluntary Action Leeds

Language Expertise LTD

YCM Cleaning

Language Partnerships Leeds Mind
Leeds Womans Aid  

For more information on recruiting young people working with Talent Match please contact Emily Hanlon at Ahead Partnership, Emily.Hanlon@aheadpartnership.org.uk

Young Lives Leeds NEET Report 2015

This research report is based on 12 young peoples’ focus groups across Leeds that engaged with young people (18-25) who were not in education, employment or training (NEET). The aim of this research was to access the views, issues and aspirations of young people who are NEET and to give them a voice in the development of the support that is available to them. 
A copy of the report can be downloaded at the foot of this page.

A flyer for organisations interested in recruiting through Talent Match can be downloaded below.

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