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Case Studies

Talent Match

By 21st February 2014 No Comments
sean quelch

Helping unemployed young people back into work

sean quelch


Truro, Cornwall


September 2012 – present


Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, Cornwall Youth Work Partnership, Seafood Restaurant, United Response, Cornwall Council

Funded by:

The Big Lottery Fund

The challenge:

Help a passionate NEET young person with few opportunities improve his chances of a better future through engagement and support

The RIO solution: Sean Quelch has embarked on the Talent Match employment programme led by Real Ideas Organisation, to help gain vital employability skills, as well as providing him with communication skills, IT skills, opportunities to meet new people and make a difference to his future and the lives of others around him.

Talent Match is an employment programme funded by The Big Lottery, which aims to support unemployed young people back into work.

Sean Quelch was first introduced to Talent Match by Careers South West, who referred him in August 2012. Now aged just 20, Sean is a founding member of Generation E, the young people-led arm of Talent Match, and will play an active role in the Young People’s Communication Agency, working alongside other young people to create real job opportunities.

Sean has been instrumental in highlighting Talent Match to lead Cornwall MPs, and has also worked with Careers South West and Job Centre Plus to raise the profile of the programme.

Sean Quelch:

“I joined Talent Match because I didn’t want to see other people in the same situation that I was in. I was unemployed and saw Talent Match as an opportunity to open doors for myself and other young people. I wanted to learn new skills throughout, and hopefully come out with a job at the end of it.”

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