Talent Match is Recruiting

Talent Match is Big Lottery Funded project, positively changing the aspirations and employment prospects of young people aged 18 – 24 in Kettering and Wellingborough.

We now need three committed high performers on a fixed term basis until March 2019 to help build on the Talent Match success.  


 Champion (Intensive Support)

£20,861 37 Hours per week

We are seeking a passionate and experienced youth mentor to join our wrap around support team; to provide comprehensive employment support for young adults with multiple and complex barriers; You’ll be able to juggle a high volume caseload, whilst being committed to providing the highest quality of support at all times. Working closely with IAG and support staff to build effective action plans that meet the needs and aspirations of those you are working with, promoting a solution focused and creative approach to the support you provide, you’ll be familiar with the communities of Northamptonshire, and comfortable working in a various community settings.



Champion (Intensive Support –Mental Health)

£20,861 37 Hours per week

We are seeking a qualified and experienced youth mentor to join our wrap around support team, to provide specialist employability support to young adults with mental health difficulties; you’ll be able to juggle a demanding and intensive caseload, whilst being committed to providing the highest quality of support at all times. Working closely with IAG and project counsellor, to guide the young adults on your case load into positive and supported employment and training outcomes. You’ll be familiar with the communities of Northamptonshire, and comfortable working in a various community settings and in close partnership with external partners and agencies.



External Development Worker

£23,398 37 hours per week

We are seeking an experienced professional, ideally with a Not-for-Profit/learning background, to facilitate collaborative working between partners in Northamptonshire in a way which compliments the projects sustainability agenda. Confident in your ability to liaise professionally at all levels; You will work with both partners and funders strategically to facilitate partnership delivery of funded learning opportunities. With a demonstrable ability to up sell opportunities for work experience, apprenticeships and jobs, to benefit the young people we work with.



To apply for these roles, please download and complete the Application Form and Recruitment Monitoring Form and send them to hannah@enable.uk.net



CV’s will not be accepted – NO AGENCIES



16th April 2018 Champion post

       18th April Development Worker post      

Talent Match does Dungeons and Dragons! (Blog post)

Every now and then we like to try and do things a little differently at Talent Match, and try to incorporate many different styles of learning into the activities we deliver. This time, we decided to try something very different. We decided to play Dungeons & Dragons.

I know, I’m shocked too. Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop fantasy role-playing game where a group of people get together, create characters for themselves and then play out a story written by the Dungeon Master while rolling dice to see how well they do. The Dungeon Master creates an entire story and helps keep things fair and ensures the players stick to the rules. Their job is pretty important.

But what’s all this got to do with helping people get into work or helping them to find jobs I hear you ask. Well, that’s where I come in. I’m a pretty big fan of the game, and play it myself with a group of friends on most weekends, so if I get the chance to play it at work? You can be certain I’m jumping at it.

Recently we had a Job Club session that unfortunately couldn’t go on due to staff absences. A colleague of mine suggested I try running a game of D&D in its place, so I did my best to come up with a short scenario that beneficiaries could play through that will also help them gain the skills they need for job searching.

I picked a bunch of skills that the beneficiaries would need going forwards and tried to incorporate them the best I could. I chose interview skills and information gathering. Meanwhile communication and team working are skills you can improve just by playing the game itself.

I created a setting of a small village that knew a dragon was going to come and attack soon. Someone had put up a job posting in the centre of the village asking people to find him as he would pay them for slaying this dragon before it got to the village. The player’s role was to then find this person, and go through a series of challenges that would prove that they could be the ones to slay this dragon.

So you can see that we’ve now got our information gathering and the set-up for an interview.

During the “interview”, Craig, who is the person who put up the job posting, asks them exactly what they can do. Each player had a character sheet in front of them which detailed what they could do, and they worked from this to convince Craig that they could slay the dragon. Now here is where I bring the dice rolling into it. After all, it’s not really D&D if there’s no dice. Once a player had stated what they could do, I asked them to make a series of dice rolls. The higher they rolled, the better they did. The players showed off their skills at archery, sword fighting, and casting magic, with a roll of the die for each thing they wanted to do.

Eventually, after the players had proved their worth, they found themselves in the employment of Craig and getting ready to fight this dragon. We ended the session there, and I spoke to them about what skills they felt they had learnt. They felt that they had learnt communication skills, team work skills, interview skills and problem solving skills.  I also told them that if they enjoyed it and really felt it was worth doing in regards to building the skills they need, then the possibility of doing more was there.

All in all, I felt the session was successful, with the players gaining the experience they need, and actually coming away realising what they had done, and how it could help them in the future regarding job searching and interview skills.

Supporting Young People Aged 18 – 24 Into Employment