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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Talent Match in Solihull

What is Talent Match?

Talent Match is a 5 year programme, working with 1000 long-term unemployed young adults (18-24) across Birmingham & Solihull. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the local partnership is led by BVSC with Solihull SUSTAiN.

For Young People

Talent Match is a pre-employment preparation programme with a suitcase full of opportunities that will support you on your journey to secure long term employment. We aim to harness your potential and to support you to shape new skills that will enable you to unleash your talent to local employers.

A taste of what we can offer:

  • Paid work experience placements
  • Opportunities to upskill
  • Volunteer tasters
  • Business start up advice
  • Personal development budget
  • Personalised support from a dedicated Coach/Mentor

Talent Match will support those young adults in Birmingham and Solihull who are 18 – 24 and have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

Contact: 0121 643 4343

You can download the Talent Match flyer for young people here.

Work Placements

Tackling youth unemployment is an issue that requires a joined up response. Young adults need to put in the work to overcome their barriers to employment, specialist agencies need to provide the right support and resources at the right time, and employers need to give young adults a chance to develop their talent.

We understand the concerns of employers and throughout the Talent Match business planning structures have been developed to minimise risk, red-tape and costs of employing a young adult through the programme.

Volunteer Placements

We believe in volunteering and the positive impact it has on the individual and communities. Talent Match participants are encouraged to take on a volunteering placement with a voluntary sector organisation in an area of their interest to broaden their skills and benefit their community.

We recognise there are costs to supporting volunteers and are able to cover volunteer expenses and provide a small subsidy  to the organisation (subject to criteria). Talent Match participants will continue to access specialist support and engage with the Coach/Mentor throughout their volunteer placement.

For more information on how you could take on a supported volunteer in Solihull please email mikef@solihull-sustain.org.uk.

Subsidised Work Placements

We’re looking for host businesses to take on a young adult for a 6 month paid work placement with the potential for ongoing employment.

Read about one employer’s experience of Talent Match Company

Download the flyer

Talent Match supports employers. We…

  • reduce the financial burden to host employers through wage subsidies.
  • minimise the risk to host businesses by employing young adults through the Talent Match Company.
  • only recommend suitable participants and encourage hosts to interview prospective candidates.
  • prepare young adults to be ‘work ready’ before matching them with a host employer through sustained, personalised wraparound support.
  • continue to support the young adult throughout their first six months of employment.

For more information on how you could take on a young adult for a subsidised 30 hour paid work placement, please email talentmatch@bvsc.org or call 0121 643 4343.

Alternatively, please check out our FAQs for further details.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

NHS England publishes guide for grants to VCS

NHS England has published ‘A bite size guide to Grants for the Voluntary Sector’, aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It “sets out the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary and community sector and suggests some Practical Steps commissioners can take to use grants in the most effective way to support local priorities”.

You can download the guide here.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Future of VCS Infrastructure Services

Report coverThe Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure was set up in March 2014 to look at the provision local infrastructure support services in the voluntary and community sector and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years. The Commission has just published its report along with a summary document.

It gathered evidence from current infrastructure providers, charities and community groups, public sector bodies, the private sector, academics and other interested parties and held a number of evidence-gathering sessions across the country.

The Commission found that infrastructure providers will be needed in some form as long as people come together to form voluntary organisations and community groups. But it also concluded that the organisations providing infrastructure services in the future is likely to be a much leaner enabler, broker and catalyst rather than necessarily a deliverer.

As a key provider of infrastructure support in Solihull, SUSTAiN is interested to hear views from across Solihull’s VCS to inform our own response to this report. Please email davep@solihull-sustain.org.uk with your thoughts.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

10 Jul: SUSTAiN and Age UK’s ‘Under the Sea’ charity ball

Friday 10th July 2015, 7.00pm

To book a place, go to the Under the Sea Ball page.

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Download the Under The Sea Ball Flyer

Find out about opportunities for sponsorship:

Download the sponsorship details

 

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Revised Cold Weather Plan for 2014/2015

A new Cold Weather Plan has been published for Solihull for 2014/15.

It details the responses of key agencies to protect their clients during severe weather conditions.

Download the Cold Weather Action Plan 2014-15

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Can You Help with Trustee Recruitment?

Wanted Trustees

SUSTAiN has launched an appeal for new charity trustees and community group board members (more details here).

We are now looking for public venues and other organisations to promote this appeal by displaying a poster. Can you help by displaying one on a noticeboard?

If so there are A4 and A5 versions available to download:

Download – A4 Poster

Download – A5 Poster

or contact Dave Pinwell (davep@solihull-sustain.org.uk) for printed copies.

 

 

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Keep a local child warm – donate a coat!

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Any unwanted coats can be taken to Bosworth Community Centre, where they will go to a child who needs it this Winter. If you know of any children that would benefit from a coat you can use this referral form – or they can contact us directly.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

HS2 Community and Business Support Funds (from 2017)

The Government has announced that communities and businesses near the new HS2 high speed railway will benefit from grants. The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) will make up to £30 million available for residents and local communities between London and Birmingham to invest in public projects such as the refurbishment of local community centres, nature conservation and measures to support local economies and employment.

Community groups, charities, non-governmental organisations and business support organisations will be able to bid for grants from the new funds, which are expected to be rolled out when construction starts in 2017.

Grants will be awarded until the end of HS2’s first year of operation in 2026.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/30-million-hs2-community-and-business-support-funds-launched

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rough Sleeping – protocol for Solihull (October 14)

The updated Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol has been published by Solihull Council.

The full protocol can be downloaded below. The appropriate responses to rough sleepers are:

Download the protocol: Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol – 2014-15 Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull

talent_match_logoTalent Match is a 5 year programme, equipping 1000 long-term unemployed young adults (18-24) across Birmingham and Solihull with the skills to sustain employment. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the local partnership is led by BVSC with Solihull SUSTAiN.

We aim to achieve…

  • By May 2018, 1000 young adults will access Talent Match support with at least 50% entering the paid work experience option for at least 6 months.
  • Each year, 70% of participants report improvements in skills, confidence, and self-perception as a result of involvement in paid work experience & complementary volunteering placements with local charities.
  • 150 young adults specifically access enterprise mentors and business support and as a result, by May 2018, 100 of these are self-employed and/or engaged in local enterprise & social enterprise.
  • By May 2018, at least 200 TM participants are in sustainable paid employment with 100 local employers, and both groups actively share their positive TM experience with peers and policymakers

Talent Match can work with 18-24 year olds living in Birmingham or Solihull who have been out of employment or training for at least 12 months.

In particular, Talent Match Birmingham & Solihull can offer support to:

  • Care leavers
  • Ex-offenders
  • People with learning difficulties or disabilities

Download the Talent Match flyer with essential details of the programme for young adults.

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Further details from

E: talentmatch@bvsc.org
T: BVSC 0121 643 4343 (8) | Solihull SUSTAiN 0121 711 3148
W: www.bvsc.org/talent-match