About Talent Match Humber

Talent Match is a Big Lottery Fund programme aimed at helping young people into employment in England's worst hit areas.  

Launched in June 2012, the £108 million programme is targeting 21 Local Enterprise Partnership areas in England with the highest numbers of 18-24 year olds not in education, employment or training. 

The overall aim of Talent Match Humberis “to improve the lives of 1,455 long-term unemployed young people living in the Humber LEP area”.

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Thematic groups

  • Mental Health Issues
  • Homelessness or in temporary 
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Ex-offenders
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • BME (Black and Minority Ethnic)
  • Young Carers
  • Lone Parents

"Hotspot" Wards


  • Myton
  • Orchard Park & Greenwood
  • Marfleet
  • Newington
  • Southcoates East
  • Longhill
  • Drypool
  • Newland
  • Bransholme East

North Lincolnshire

  • Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens
  • Frodingham
  • Town

East Riding

  • Bridlington South
  • Bridlington Central & Old Town
  • Goole South
  • Driffield & Rural

North East Lincolnshire

  • East Marsh
  • West Marsh
  • South
  • Heneage
  • Freshney
  • Park

We have 4 specific aims for our target groups, which contribute to the overall aim:

  • To increase young people’s access to sustained employment and/or self-employment opportunities
  • To increase young people’s access to traineeships, apprenticeships and further learning
  • To improve young people’s resilience in coping with long-term unemployment, or periods of economic inactivity
  • To increase young people’s self-confidence

We aim to get 320 (22%) into sustained jobs or self-employment and 435 (30%) into apprenticeships or further learning/training. We are realistic that some will not achieve these outcomes, but we believe, with our support, 1165 (80%) of young people will improve their ability to cope with long term unemployment, develop greater self-confidence and increase their sense of optimism about the future.

Key Activities

Based on our research, development work and the principle that we want to fund flexible and individualised support for young people, we would expect organisations (or a partnership of organisations) to deliver a “package” that includes some of the following activities/outcomes:

  • Assessment of needs (initial, formative and summative)
  • Additional support as required e.g. debt advice, housing, health, disability etc.
  • Regular high quality Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • Quality Job search support
  • Functional Skills support
  • Personal Development support
  • Employability Skills support
  • Structured work/voluntary experience
  • Enterprise support/experience
  • Further learning and training opportunities
  • Outcomes into a job, enterprise, or an apprenticeship

To foster innovation, delivery organisations would be encouraged to use these broad categories of activity as a context for their own specific approaches, which reflect the needs of the young people they are working with and the organisations expertise. The number of organisations in the first delivery round will be limited to approximately 6.


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