The taxpayer has been saved nearly £4.5 million in an innovative programme to support long-term unemployed young people in Birmingham and Solihull – according to an independent report.
More than 350 young people are now in jobs because of the work of Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull – the pre-employment programme that works with jobless young adults across Birmingham and Solihull to help them secure and sustain work. As at 11 September 2018, the programme has achieved sustained employment for 116 young people who were previously out of work – and employment for a further 246.
The independent report calculates that for every £1 invested in the Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match Programme, the value generated is £3. Nearly £10 million of social value has been created over the four-year life with the use of £3.23 million of programme investment.
The programme is now on course to achieve all its targets by the end of its life in December 2018. It is being delivered by BVSC, in partnership with Solihull SUSTAiN, who have been supported by a host of other programme stakeholders since its formal launch in July 2014.
Gurdeep Hanspaul, programmes manager at Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull, said that the results prove that a sustained effort of well delivered activity makes a huge difference to individual lives and communities.
“Whilst the savings to government – and the taxpayer – are hugely impressive, it is the difference that this programme has made to individuals and their families. Each person in employment not only contributes to the economy but being in work also has a huge impact on their families and the communities in which they live,” said Gurdeep.
“However, whilst this programme is ending, the need is not going away. Young people who are not in employment or training (NEETs) continue to need support. Further education and apprenticeships do not suit everyone. By concentrating our efforts on these young people, we have demonstrated that our referral process, the use of coaches and our employment model can achieve long-term success.
“We have worked with hundreds of employers across Birmingham and Solihull to whom we are really grateful for their willingness to get involved. My hope is that more employers will include such young people in their recruitment plans. The individual success stories speak for themselves.”
Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull is a Big Lottery funded £4.6 million, 5-year investment aimed at supporting 18 to 24-year-old young people who have been out of education, employment or training (NEETs) for 12 months or more.
Each participant going through the programme has their own coach and in-work support. Since the programme began, nearly 800 young long-term unemployed young people have benefited from Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull.
For further information on Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull, visit the website www.talentmatchbirminghamsolihull.org
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