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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

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 or call 0121 643 4343.

Alternatively, please check out our FAQs for further details.