Talent Match Strategic Partner Conference 3rd March 2017


Against a backdrop of significant national and international uncertainty, Talent Match Black Country was eager to strengthen relationships with partners and employers alongside the young people the programme supports. No One Left Behind, was the theme for a conference held on the 3rd of March hosted at West Bromwich Albion Football Club. The conference engaged stakeholders in a thought provoking event which focused on the future challenges of sustaining employment for young people and understanding the barriers they face in the Black Country Region.

Big Lottery and European funding will come to an end in 2018, it was therefore timely to consider the excellent outcomes achieved by Talent Match and how future employment support could be achieved through collaborative working. Throughout the day, delegates considered the positive impact and outcomes achieved by young people as a result of  the Talent Match programme. Benefits include the Social Return on Investment of of £7 million evidenced to date.

The day hosted a number of high profile contributors including:

v          Ian Austin MP, Dudley North

v          Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor

v          Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder & Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK

v          Professor Ian Oakes, Chair, Talent Match Black Country

v          Helen Scurr, Company Director, ARK

v          Matt Poole, Head of Funding and at the Big Lottery Fund

v          Ian Darch, Chief Executive, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council

Helen Scurr Company Director at ARK commented: “We are privileged to be working in partnership with Talent Match Black Country, who are supporting young people with multiple barriers into training and employment. The individual journeys we capture highlight, the complex issues endured, and the barriers participants overcome to gain new skills, and increase their self-esteem and confidence levels. ARK’s role has involved measuring the social return on investment achieved as a direct result of support and interventions provided by TM. It is pleasing to see such a high level of return and the positive impact made to people’s lives.”

To learn more about the Black Country Talent Match project and the event visit https://www.bctalentmatch.com/