What is Talent Match?

Talent Match is a project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, designed to support 18 to 24-year-olds who have been out of work or training for over 12 months.

Talent Match brings together a range of local organisations to help young people overcome the barriers they’re facing, and uses feedback from young people to help make decisions on delivery, marketing and events. We work with local and national employers, educations providers and other charities to provide this support.


  • One-to-one support tailored to a young person’s needs 
  • Voluntary – mentors meet with a young person to match their interests and hobbies to a job or training course
  • Increased confidence and motivation through a range of experiences
  • Optional support to start up a business  
  • Develop skills for employment through free courses 
  • Ongoing support after getting a job - this could be for a few months or over a year

Who is eligible for support from Talent Match?

  • Be aged between 18 and 24-years-old, at the time of the referral
  • Have been unemployed/seeking work for 12 months or more
  • Facing barriers to entering employment, education or training

We have helped hundreds of young people including those who have experienced confidence issues, addiction or homelessness; have a mental health diagnosis or disability; are a single parent; are rurally isolated; care for someone at home or are simply ‘stuck’ with few or no qualifications and/or work experience.

Get in touch

Are you a young person, an employer who is able to offer jobs, apprenticeships or work experience, or a referrer with a question? We want to hear from you.




Leicestershire talentmatch.leicestershire@princes-trust.org.uk 07436581313
Lincolnshire talentmatch.lincolnshire@princes-trust.org.uk
Middlesbrough talentmatch.middlesbrough@princes-trust.org.uk
New Anglia (Norfolk and Suffolk) talentmatch.newanglia@princes-trust.org.uk 
South East
(Essex, East Sussex and Kent)
talentmatch.southeast@princes-trust.org.uk  07983385418 
Live in another area? Talent Match is delivered across England.   www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/talentmatch

Volunteer for Talent Match

In some areas, it is possible to support Talent Match young people by becoming a volunteer mentor. Your expertise can make a real difference.

Find out more

Be inspired by our Talent Match case studies