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22 January 2015

Thursday 22 January 2014

Today marks one whole year of Talent Match London, our employability programme to support 18-24 year olds into positive and productive futures.

There's been a lot of learning over these past 12 months – for both us as the strategic lead and across the delivery partnership, as well as for the young people who have engaged with the programme to date. Watch out for a blog from our chief executive, Rosie Ferguson, on what we have learnt so far – coming soon!

But one crucial thing that we know remains true, youth unemployment is still unnecessarily high, despite a fall more generally in the UK over recent years. And in particular, many young people experience multiple barriers to employment despite a willingness to work.

23 year old Fern Glennie-Smith, a Talent Match London participant through Collage Arts, commented:

"I’ve been trying to find paid work in London as a British citizen, but it hasn’t worked. I’m one of a million others just like me who have grown up here. For me, it’s not because there are a lack of jobs, but rather an inability to get one. 'If you want a paid job, you have to have experience in a paid job.' I am looking for my first job ever; hence I have never had a paid job, so how am I supposed to get experience in a paid job if you won’t give me a chance?  I’m running in a circle."

To read the full blog from Collage Arts and hear more about Fern's journey with Talent Match London, click here.

All that's left to say now is…

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY TALENT MATCH LONDON!!!