Mel’s made it


Long-time Talent match Ambassador, Mel has finally secured the career-job she’s been looking for since university didn’t work out for her.  As she starts her higher-level apprenticeship that will lead to a permanent Executive Officer job in the Civil Service, she has spent a little time reflecting on the changes that Talent Match and being … Continue reading Mel’s made it

Hexthorpe girls get ready for their big performance


Our Hexthorpe girls group were busy this week, collecting their costumes and enjoying a well earned KFC after months of hard work planning and preparing for Hexthorpe Community Awards Night on 15th November. They took part in community cleans-ups over the summer with other community members and will now host an awards night to celebrate … Continue reading Hexthorpe girls get ready for their big performance

Ambassadors present at National Conference


Three of our longest serving Ambassadors attended the Talent Match National Conference, which was held at the Sheffield Hilton last week, to speak about the power of partnership working, their involvement in co-production and how it has impacted on them. The team certainly dressed for the occasion, suited and booted, they impressed the audience by … Continue reading Ambassadors present at National Conference

Toni’s turning to youth work


Toni, a long-time Talent Match Ambassador, has left the programme, but she’s been keen to tell us just how much her experience has meant to her and how much it’s changed her life.   As she prepared to speak to the National Talent Match Conference in Sheffield this week, she took the time out to … Continue reading Toni’s turning to youth work

Youth Board’s onboard


The first, brand spanking new Youth Board has been assembled!  Talent Match ambassadors were asked by Your Consortium to design a Youth Board for the programme. The decision was taken to smash the traditional format and to go with something more up-to-date that fits with the lifestyles of the young people involved. This Youth Board … Continue reading Youth Board’s onboard

Boxing clever


Young people in Kirklees with personal experience of long-term unemployment have been giving up their time to help local employers understand some of the serious barriers faced by some young people in getting and keeping a job, and what employers can do to help. Our ‘Outside the Box’ project, supported by the iWill Fund and … Continue reading Boxing clever

Street Safe Leeds


Our detached team in Leeds have responded to local young people’s concerns about knife crime and the choices some of them are making to carry knives, by taking innovative ‘street safe’ workshops out onto the streets. Over the last year, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and knife crime statistics have risen in Leeds, with 10 gun and … Continue reading Street Safe Leeds

Top of the class


This week we welcomed the ‘class’ of 2018-19 to TYA, when Huddersfield University students Sherry, Celina and Cameron joined us at the start of their placements with us for the coming year.  We only take on the best and all 3 will be planning and delivering quality youth work sessions throughout West and South Yorkshire, supported … Continue reading Top of the class