Inspiring a future workforce

The Talent Match Mark recognises and celebrates outstanding employers that support young people throughout their journey to work – encouraging and providing them with opportunities to explore and experience work as well as creating opportunities for employment.

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The Talent Match Mark…

was launched by Talent Match and Youth Employment UK in 2017, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The Mark draws on the principles of youth friendly employment created in 2012 by Youth Employment UK and uses the learning from the 21 Talent Match regions. The Talent Match Mark is underpinned by a comprehensive framework which has been externally assessed by Goldsmith University of London.

Having spoken to employers across the country, it was clear that they were keen to offer young people opportunities to develop their skills, however many did not have a solid framework of providing pre-employment support. Equally young people were unaware of which employers had good youth employment practices. With 2017 being the year of significant youth employment support reform, the Talent Match Mark is committed to helping employers and young people connect better together.

Youth Employment UK is a not-for-profit membership organisation working hard to tackle youth unemployment and underemployment in the UK.

Providing a free Young Professional Membership to all 14-24 year olds, which helps to develop the skills that they need to progress and recognises them for their commitment to their own development. With a growing network of over 15,000 Young Professional Members. Youth Employment UK also supports more than 350 organisation members with best practice expertise to engaging, recruiting, supporting and retaining young people. Youth Employment UK represents its members at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment and across work with DfE, DWP and the Cabinet Office. 

Talent Match is the UK’s largest voluntary programme to tackle youth unemployment in the UK youth unemployment hotspots.

The programme is a £108 million Big Lottery Fund initiative delivered by over 200 charities across 21 areas in England. Talent Match targets young people who are furthest from the jobs market, including those who are completely outside of the benefit system and not currently in work, in education or training. The programme focusses on those who are facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work. Talent Match boosts opportunities for young people in these areas by bringing together partnerships of employers, education providers and others, led by local charities.

The Talent Match Mark…

was launched by Talent Match and Youth Employment UK in 2017, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The Mark draws on the principles of youth friendly employment created in 2012 by Youth Employment UK and uses the learning from the 21 Talent Match regions. The Talent Match Mark is underpinned by a comprehensive framework which has been externally assessed by Goldsmith University of London.

Having spoken to employers across the country, it was clear that they were keen to offer young people opportunities to develop their skills, however many did not have a solid framework of providing pre-employment support. Equally young people were unaware of which employers had good youth employment practices. With 2017 being the year of significant youth employment support reform, the Talent Match Mark is committed to helping employers and young people connect better together.

Youth Employment UK is a not-for-profit membership organisation working hard to tackle youth unemployment and underemployment in the UK.

Providing a free Young Professional Membership to all 14-24 year olds, which helps to develop the skills that they need to progress and recognises them for their commitment to their own development. With a growing network of over 15,000 Young Professional Members. Youth Employment UK also supports more than 350 organisation members with best practice expertise to engaging, recruiting, supporting and retaining young people. Youth Employment UK represents its members at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment and across work with DfE, DWP and the Cabinet Office. 

Talent Match is the UK’s largest voluntary programme to tackle youth unemployment in the UK youth unemployment hotspots.

The programme is a £108 million Big Lottery Fund initiative delivered by over 200 charities across 21 areas in England. Talent Match targets young people who are furthest from the jobs market, including those who are completely outside of the benefit system and not currently in work, in education or training. The programme focusses on those who are facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work. Talent Match boosts opportunities for young people in these areas by bringing together partnerships of employers, education providers and others, led by local charities.

Principles

The Talent Match Mark has been created to underpin five core principles to supports organisations to develop their strategy to inspire a future workforce.

Creating Opportunity

Commitment to providing diverse opportunities for young people to gain the skills and experiences they need for work and life.

Fair Employment

Commitment to removing barriers for young people to enter the workplace. Offering fair opportunities and rewards based on the role recruiting for and in accordance with the highest industry standards.

Youth Voice

Commitment to listening to young people and to providing opportunities for their voice to be heard within a community or organisation.

Recognising Talent

Commitment to recruiting young people based on their ability, talent and potential. Understanding they are still developing and may have had limited work experience during full-time education.

Developing People

Commitment to training and supporting the development of young people, so they are motivated to take ownership and responsibility for their careers and they are equipped to progress.

Principles

The Talent Match Mark has been created to underpin five core principles to supports organisations to develop their strategy to inspire a future workforce.

Creating Opportunity

Commitment to providing diverse opportunities for young people to gain the skills and experiences they need for work and life.

Fair Employment

Commitment to removing barriers for young people to enter the workplace. Offering fair opportunities and rewards based on the role recruiting for and in accordance with the highest industry standards.

Youth Voice

Commitment to listening to young people and to providing opportunities for their voice to be heard within a community or organisation.

Recognising Talent

Commitment to recruiting young people based on their ability, talent and potential. Understanding they are still developing and may have had limited work experience during full-time education.

Developing People

Commitment to training and supporting the development of young people, so they are motivated to take ownership and responsibility for their careers and they are equipped to progress.

Benefits to your business

Being an employer with the Talent Match Mark could help you discover someone your
business just can’t do without. It can benefit your business by:

be recognised as an employer that creates opportunities for young people in your community

work with a national network of organisations providing pre-employment support to thousands of talented young people

provide employees with the opportunity to support young people and therefore develop their management, public speaking and presentation skills


create real opportunities for social mobility


improve staff retention and employee investment

The Talent Match Mark finds the right balance between directing employers towards important considerations in the employment of young people and allowing for the specificities of each employer to benefit from it. Industry-specific considerations can easily fit within the requirements of the Talent Match Platinum Mark framework. The Bronze, Silver and Gold marks allow organisations to develop their approaches to recruiting and supporting young employees, whilst the Platinum Mark really enables them to undertake transformative organisational approach to developing new talent. The Talent Match Mark is a quality tool that will aid employers in being recognised for and developing best practice for youth employment.

Dr Anna Carlile

Endorsed by Goldsmiths, University of London the Talent Match Mark gives organisations the tools and support they need to ensure their organisation is positioned to maximise the potential of the young people it engages as employees, customers or other stakeholders

Current Recipients

BAE Systems is proud to be receiving the Talent Match Mark because it’s a signal of the quality of the opportunities we have on offer to young people

Richard Hamer Education

Skills Director, BAE Systems

We are trying to do significant things for our own future and also for society as we try and bring young people into work, receiving this award is a of a signal that we must be getting some of it right.

Iain Conn

Group Chief Executive, Centrica plc

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Platinum Mark holders

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Gold Mark holders

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Silver Mark holders

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Bronze Mark holders

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Achieving the Talent Match Mark

There are four award levels of the Talent Match Mark; bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Employers are awarded for how many stages of a young person’s journey they offer career interventions, for example:

Explore

Short intervention
Taster Days
World of work visits
Coffee & Chat

Experience

Work experience
Traineeship
Two to six weeks

Employment

Apprenticeship
Entry level role
Graduate role

Ready to get started?

To apply for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award you will need to complete the Talent Match Mark Application form, once complete you return the form to us and we will then get in contact to arrange a call to discuss and assess your application. For organisations that wish to apply for the Platinum Award we ask you to complete the contact form below and a team member will be in touch to discuss the process and support that is available.

Get in touch

Please get in touch to learn more about Talent Match.

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The Talent Match Mark was founded by London Youth (Charity Registration: 303324) and Youth Employment UK CIC (Company Registration: 08290820) to celebrate youth friendly employers. It is led by Youth Employment UK and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.