On Thursday 15th September, Talent Match London took a trip to south Cornwall with members from Talent Match Cornwall to visit various Cornish industries and experience what it is like to work, and play, in Cornwall.
The day began at Falmouth Marine School where the Talent Match members had a tour around the boat building facility, a long tradition in this area. Alongside boat building, Talent Match members learned about various types of crafts and the opportunities for employment within this industry. As members of the national employment programme, they are all long-term unemployed through various circumstances and it provided them with opportunities to gain a real insight into working life in Cornwall. Members were shown around the marine biology department where they were able to get close to seahorses, starry smooth hound sharks and piranhas.
Kanesha Markland, 25, a Talent Match London Leader expressed how she “loved the way the seahorse’s eyes were independent from their bodies.”
Keishawn Hunte, 20, Talent Match member from London said, “When I was looking through the microscope at this microscopic organism, I just found it completely mind blowing.”
Head of College, Justin Olosunde commented; “It was great to have the Talent Match group on site. Our marine biology students enjoyed showing them around and informing them of the types of projects they get to work on their course.”
After lunch, Talent Match members dived into a surfing experience with surf company Global Boarders at Sandy Acres Beach near Hayle. This was a new experience for all London members and the enthusiasm was high.
Keishawn Hunte exclaimed, “I didn’t think I was going to get in the water but I did and I nailed, it was a beautiful thing.”
James Brookes, 20, a Cornwall Talent Match member expressed that “it has inspired me to get back into my old career path.”
After their surfing experience all members worked together to build a raft out of their surf boards for all to ride the waves on. This was a great team building exercise and encouraged a sense of community and support as members helped each other onto the raft and worked together, holding a strong stance to avoid plunging into the sea.
Surfing proved to be hungry work, so members were treated to a colossal meal at Boo Koos in Helston, ‘voted best burger in town by some guy who likes burgers’.
They shared highlights of their radical day whilst slurping Boo Koos’ scrumptious milkshakes.
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. The Real Ideas Organisation is the lead delivery partner for Talent Match Cornwall.