Young people and youth organisations consistently tell us that employment and job prospects are among the biggest concerns that young people have about their lives. In London the situation is particularly challenging.

Even though there are potentially many more opportunities in London than in other parts of the country, the variety of programmes and players are not well co-ordinated and young people who are out of work – particularly those facing the biggest barriers – find the system very hard to navigate.

In 2014, we launched our employability offer, Talent Match London, to young people aged 18-24. Followed in 2017 with the launch of our Talent Match Croydon programme.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, London Youth is leading a partnership of organisations testing innovative youth-led solutions to unemployment and supporting young people who have been out of education, employment and training for at least 12 months, into sustainable employment.

Through a distinctive ‘youth work’ approach to employability, Talent Match London aims not only to get young people into jobs but also to equip them with the skills, capabilities and desire to navigate a fulfilling career pathway. Talent Match London is focused on the long-term, equipping young people with tools for life.

There are three elements that make our approach successful:

  1. Outreach: Talent Match London uses creative ways to engage young people disengaged from existing provision. The programme works within communities and localised networks to reach out to those who may not proactively access support.

  2. Youth Centred ApproachTalent Match London empowers and supports young people to carve out their own career plan. Each young person has a designated worker, who provides them with tailored support to meet their needs and aspirations.

  3. Employer Engagement: Talent Match London works with employers to give young people insight into the world of work. Beyond creating specific job opportunities, this is about helping young people become job ready, and helping employers to be better able to support and sustain them in jobs.

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Latest Programme Data

Since January 2014, when we launched our employability offer, 2201 young people aged 18-24 that were previously not in education, employment or training have been supported. To date:

  • 340 young people have started work, with a further 106 having sustained employment for six months or more

  • 37 young people have turned their idea into a reality by starting a business.

  • A further 11 have been running their business for at least 12 months

Download our latest programme data report for full details of the young people that Talent Match London is reaching and the outcomes they are achieving –  including a breakdown of those young people who were previously not being supported by statutory support services. 

Areas of Delivery

Talent Match London is supporting young people across nine boroughs; Barking & Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest.

These boroughs have been identified as having large gaps in provision for supporting disadvantaged young people’s needs – particularly those with entrenched barriers.

We are interested in sharing our learning for the benefit of all young Londoners and welcome enquiries about working in new boroughs.

London Youth takes a partnership approach to employability so that all young people can benefit from the expertise and experience of different organisations. This includes organisations that are rooted in their local community as well as those with a particular specialism in finding and supporting different groups of people into work.

Contact us

Talent Match Croydon


020 8663 5641

Talent Match London


020 7549 8800