Over one action-packed week commencing 12th September, Talent Match London visited North Cornwall with members from Talent Match Cornwall to experience various Cornish industries.
Talent Match is a Big Lottery funded project which helps 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for a year or more to find work through developing their skills and confidence and connecting them with opportunities for work.
Robert, 23 from Talent Match London was one of the members who took part. He said of his experience, “The work opportunities in London are warehouse work or in retail which do not interest me. I can see myself being a fisherman or a chef and I would definitely consider moving to Cornwall, I can’t fault it.”
The Talent Match team started their week with a 5 mile bike ride across the Camel Estuary. Members tried their hand at mackerel fishing, before visiting Padstow Kitchen Garden where they were educated in the importance of organic produce and toured the Porthilly beach on a tractor before being treated to beer tasting, where they learnt about the history of Sharps Brewery.
All of the members enjoyed a delicious lunch at Rick Stein’s takeaway in Padstow. They were then whisked off upstairs to his cooking school, where the food that the Talent Match team had foraged for earlier in the day was used in a hands-on cooking class.
Keishawn Hunt, 20, a Talent Match London member, said, “Chopping the organic fresh vegetables was really good. At home I cook a lot of Jamaican food so cooking and trying Cornish food was new and I really enjoyed it.”
Later in the week, Talent Match members visited Headforwards where they learnt about digital technology and software development in a talk by founder Toby Parkins. Members then visited Pirate FM where they had a tour of the studio before recording a segment on their Talent Match journeys and this week’s experiences around Cornwall.
On Thursday 15th September, Talent Match members visited South Cornwall where they began at Falmouth Marine School touring around the boat building facility and members learnt of various types of crafts and the opportunities for employment within the industry. Next, Talent Match members took part in a surfing experience with Global Boarders. This was a new experience for all London members and gave them a real insight into the various Cornish industries.
Keishawn said of her surfing experience “I didn’t think I was going to get in the water but I did and I nailed, it was a beautiful thing.”
After a morning of surfing, the group were treated to a colossal meal at Boo Koos in Helston. They shared highlights of their day and discussed everything that they had come across.
This week has brought together Talent Match members from Cornwall and London to experience Cornwall’s job industry, learn about social issues in both locations and to encourage support between members. Most experiences for Talent Match London members were new and an opportunity that they may not have otherwise had.