We delivered the Big Lottery funded Talent Match programme for 5 years mentoring young people (aged 18-24) who were furthest away from the job market into education, employment and training. We had 2 full-time equivalent Talent Match Coaches that worked with up to 70 young people a year in the Sheffield Region.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING: As part of the mentoring young people were encouraged to take part in an activity of their choice with the mentor. This could be anything from horse riding, kickboxing, music studio time to football. Whatever would be of most benefit to them to help to raise their confidence.
MATHS AND ENGLISH SUPPORT: The Talent Match Coaches worked one-on-one with young people to help them to improve their Maths and English Skills. Activities included budget planning, CV Writing, help with application forms etc.
CAREER PLANNING: If young people were unsure about what they wanted to do in the future the Talent Match Coaches helped to draw up action plans to get them on track to achieving their dreams.
COUNSELLING: At Really NEET we understand that they might be going through really difficult things in their life and that maybe some extra support might help them get through the tough times. As part of Talent Match, we helped young people to access counselling that best suited their needs.
BARRIER BUSTING: Barrier-busting is simply the Talent Match mentor helping young people to overcome any barriers that were preventing them from achieving their dreams. We helped find accommodation, whether it was shared housing or independent flats. We provided support around benefits, support in claiming them or if they had been put on a sanction we could help. We have very good links with organisation’s that give assistance with emotional wellbeing and substance misuse which helped if young people felt they needed extra support in these areas, we were there to help them to build a support network around them so that they didn’t feel isolated in dealing with their issues on their own