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…