Talent Match Croydon
Talent Match Croydon is an innovative employment programme from the Palace for Life Foundation for 18-24 year olds living or accessing services in Croydon who have been out of education or work for a year or more.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the programme is designed to build young people’s confidence, resilience, networks and skills to enable them to enter and sustain work.
The programme began in January 2018 and is a two-year scheme that aims to tackle the high levels of youth unemployment in the borough using a youth work approach.
The programme is delivered using a partnership approach; this includes diverse youth organisations, statutory and voluntary services. The approach implements the recommendations that came out of Talent Match London:
Using innovative ways and youth work organisations to find and engage young people for whom previous employment programmes have failed, or for whom access to statutory services is challenging.
Let young people define what their aspirations are and put their needs and peer networks at the heart of how they progress.
Design solutions with employers and ask them to provide opportunities for young people who are unemployed to explore possible future careers and develop the skills they need for work, prior to entering their first job.
Boys & Girls 18-24 Years
- North Croydon
- Upper Norwood
- Bensham Manor
- Thornton Heath
- South Norwood
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