The New Year is looking a lot brighter for young jobseekers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as the Big Lottery Fund today announces the area is to receive £1.7m from Talent Match, its £100m youth unemployment initiative.
The news comes as the latest ONS job figures are released today.
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of good causes money from the National Lottery, launched Talent Match, a scheme designed by young people for young people, with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities. Now the Fund has awarded the Real Ideas Organisation £1,728,085 to help local young people who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months. The project has won the backing of Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.
Talent Match projects are led by a cross-sector partnership with a key focus on employers, particularly from the private sector, to ensure that it meets local needs and young people are given opportunities get the skills to find employment.
The Real Ideas Organisation will now use the money to work up local solutions to a nationwide problem that threatens serious consequences for an entire generation of young people and the wider economy. The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment has estimated that the issue will cost £28billion over the next decade.
Nat Sloane, England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said “Youth unemployment is an issue that threatens the hopes of an entire generation as well as our whole economic wellbeing. Talent Match promises to help the very hardest to reach young people to make the most of their skills and ambitions, not just as an end goal, but by giving them a say in how the programme itself is designed and put into practice.”
“The funding announced today is a key step on a very exciting journey as it means the real work can now begin. By bringing together employers and the knowledge of key charities, Talent Match will help ensure today’s young people have the maximum help and support they need to find a fulfilling and rewarding career.”
Kate Reed at RIO said: “We’re delighted to be leading this exciting and innovative partnership in Cornwall. This programme will see young people play an integral role in the design, development and delivery of the project to explore and create new solutions to youth unemployment for those furthest away from work.”
“We hope Talent Match will influence how decisions are made regarding future changes and challenges the county’s young people will face, by ensuring young people and the wide range of partners are part of the process.”
“Talent Match in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will bridge the gap between the skills, knowledge and aspirations of young people and the needs and requirements of the county’s employers. We’re particularly excited about Generation E – the new young people’s communications agency that will emerge from the programme – which will be run by and for young people. We’re also looking forward to developing current and future relationships and partnerships with a wide range of employers from across Cornwall.”
Michael Rabone, Head of Human Resources for The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, said: “The Seafood Restaurant has pledged support to the Talent Match programme as we recognise the significance of the youth employment agenda in Cornwall. As a local employer with 40% of our team aged under 25, we understand the importance of collaborating with voluntary organisations, public sector services and other private business to enable young local people to fulfil their potential.”
“I was particularly impressed that the Talent Match programme provides scope for young people to work together to explore opportunities to develop business and enterprise skills, building confidence and optimism along the way. Offering the security of a supportive professional network, our ultimate aim is to encourage individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to secure a meaningful local employment opportunity.”