Talent Match Croydon

Talent Match Croydon is an innovative employment programme for 18-24 year olds living or accessing services in Croydon who have been out of education or work for a year or more. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the programme is designed to build young people’s confidence, resilience, networks and skills to enable them to enter and sustain work. Talent Match Croydon is a place-based model, developed implementing learning from four years of Talent Match London delivery.

Talent Match Croydon began in January 2018 and is a two year programme that aims to tackle the high levels of youth unemployment in the borough using a youth work approach. The programme is delivered using a partnership approach; including diverse youth organisations, statutory and voluntary services. The approach implements the recommendations that came out of Talent Match London:


Using innovative ways and youth work organisations to find and engage young people for whom previous employment programmes have failed, or for whom access to statutory services is challenging

Youth-centred approach

Let young people define what their aspirations are and put their needs and peer networks at the heart of how they progress

Employer Engagement

Design solutions with employers and ask them to provide opportunities for young people who are unemployed to explore possible future careers and develop the skills they need for work; prior to entering their first job.

Find your nearest partner

South Croydon: Sports Active Coaching

  • Selsdon and Ballards
  • Sanderstead
  • Purley
  • Kenley
  • Coulsdon East

East Croydon: Play Place Innov8   

  • Ashburton
  • New Addington
  • Shirley
  • Heathfield
  • Fieldway


North Croydon: Palace for life

  • Norbury
  • Upper Norwood
  • Bensham Manor
  • Thornton Heath
  • South Norwood
  • Selhurst
  • Woodside

Central and West Croydon: London Learning Consortium

  • West Thornton
  • Broad Green
  • Addiscombe
  • Fairfield
  • Croham
  • Waddon

Find out more about Talent Match Croydon

Get in touch

Email us: talent.matchcroydon@londonyouth.org

Call us: 0208 663 5641


24 George St, Croydon, CR0 1PB