January 2015 Update

alexisIt’s been a busy start to the year.

Talent Match Northamptonshire Project Officer Alexis McLeod reports on our latest activities:

Key Facts

  • 62 beneficiaries have now been engaged
  • 12 beneficiaries have secured job outcomes
  • One of our case studies was chosen to be featured in a national Big Lottery Fund publication.

We are pleased to be working with Connexions who will be supporting our activities in 2015. Connexions will signpost young adults to us when they reach an age where they are no longer eligible for their help. Our mentoring team will be able to make contact and follow up on referrals. Last year’s figures showed that 271 young people were NEET when leaving Connexions so Talent Match Northamptonshire could play an important role here.

Engaging employers continues to be a high priority for us. Michael is working with our Champions to identify suitable candidates for work placements and paid working opportunities. We’ve made links with 45 employers so far, and Michael continues to work with our partners to find more ways for even better partnership working. Eg working with Curtis Instruments to facilitate ‘taster days’ into the world of work and business.

The Talent Match Champions have been doing their Apprenticeships homework. We made it a priority for January that all our team improve their knowledge about this important programme and I’m pleased to say they all passed! Apprenticeships continue to be an important aspect of our work and Michael has been working closely with a local employer to employ two new recruits as Apprentices.

We are also taking a keen interest in Traineeships for those who would benefit from this route into employment.

Our Wellingborough team is  supporting young people to run their own, user-led sessions. The first session was a gaming social afternoon which was organised and led by three young people. This helped them to build their own skills in organisation and communication, but also help Talent Match reach a wider audience.

Finally, the Challenge Groups have grown so big that we have split them into two groups, one for each priority town. These run on a fortnightly basis on a Thursday afternoon, led by Groundwork team.