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£2.5m announced to help East Anglia’s young jobless

08:00 22 January 2014

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The New Year is looking a lot brighter for young jobseekers across Anglia as the Big Lottery Fund today announces the area is to receive more than £2.5m from Talent Match, its £108m youth unemployment initiative.

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The news comes as the latest job figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are released today. Recent figures showed that 3,780 young people living in the East of England had been claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance for more than 12 months.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of good causes money from the National Lottery, has launched Talent Match, a scheme designed by young people for young people and with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities.

Now the fund has awarded lead partner, youth charity The Prince’s Trust, £2,534,975 to help young people living in areas in East Anglia who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months.

The areas, which were chosen due to their high proportion of unemployed young people, are Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Norwich, Ipswich and Waveney.

Talent Match projects are led by a cross-sector partnership with a key focus on employers, particularly from the private sector, to ensure that it meets local needs and young people are given opportunities get the skills to find employment. The Prince’s Trust will now work in partnership with local organisations and young people to devise the best ways to support unemployed young people.

Partner organisations for East Anglia include: Business in the Community, Community Action Suffolk, Job Centre Plus, Momentum Norfolk, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norfolk County Council, Norse, Suffolk County Council, The Discovery Centre and Voluntary Norfolk.

The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment has estimated that the issue will cost £28 billion over the next decade.

Nat Sloane, England Chairman of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Youth unemployment is an issue that threatens the hopes of an entire generation as well as our whole economic wellbeing. Talent Match promises to help the very hardest to reach young people to make the most of their skills and ambitions, not just as an end goal, but by giving them a say in how the programme itself is designed and put into practice.”

Andrew Cawthorpe, head of public sector partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, said: “Talent Match is an exciting new initiative supported by young people and bringing together the talents of many different organisations, all with the sole objective of supporting long term unemployed young people to find a job.”

John O’Reilly, director at The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said: “Talent Match will support long-term unemployed young people in New Anglia, by matching them with a dedicated advocate who will help boost their confidence and skills, and support them back into the workplace.”

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