Big Lottery Fund launches new Talent Match scheme, targeting national youth unemployment crisis in areas of England hardest hit by the economic downturn. The scheme will focus on 21 hotspots where those aged 18-24 are finding it hardest to secure jobs or training opportunities.
Talent Match will put charities at the heart of local partnerships established between local councils, charities, employers, and colleges to work up proposals on how they will best use lottery funding to help match the talents of young people in their hotspot with skills and opportunity of the future.
The 21 areas in England where investments will be made are:
- The Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton)
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- Coventry and Warwickshire
- Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
- Greater Birmingham and Solihull
- Greater Lincolnshire
- Greater Manchester
- Leeds City Region
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Liverpool City Region
- New Anglia
- North Eastern
- Sheffield City Region
- South East
- Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire
- Tees Valley
- Hereford, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
For more information please read the press release.