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Welcome & FAQ's

Become a Talent Match Member


​​Talent Match Cornwall is a Big Lottery funded project delivered by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) which aims to help 18-24 year olds who are long term unemployed. If you are experiencing barriers which prevent you from entering employment, education or training, Talent Match Cornwall can help you get back on track.

Through a variety of employer clubs; industry taster days; one-to-one coaching; and opportunities to step out of your comfort zone, Talent Match Cornwall will support you on your way to achieving your goals. We offer support and guidance from other young people who have been in a similar situation – the kind of support that can’t be found anywhere else.

“Talent Match has been vital for me getting back on track with my career. I have come a long way professionally and personally, and am only just getting started.”
Dominic

What can Talent Match do for me?

We look at your barriers to employment, and try to help break them down – whatever they may be! If it’s social anxiety, circumstances, not knowing what opportunities are out there, not having a clue what employers are looking for or even what you’re interested in, we’re here to help. If we can’t do it ourselves, we will signpost or refer you to those who can. We are incredibly well connected and whatever your needs, we should have the right resources or contacts for you. The program is tailored individually to your needs.
However, it is up to you to make use of all the opportunities that Talent Match has to offer, and to make your own choices. We can’t take responsibility for you. Only you can do it for yourself.

I live in a remote location, what help can I receive?

We can travel to you! And in some circumstances we can provide transport to our events and activities, if possible and if you really want to come! We are a small team but we cover the whole of Cornwall and will always try to accommodate you wherever possible.

Can I still get support if I can't be regularly involved in activities and events?

Of course. 1-1 support sessions are available for everybody on Talent Match. We will travel to a location near you to talk through your career goals and identify any barriers that are standing in your way.

How much support do I get?

Within reason, you can have as much or as little support as you need. Provided you do what you need to do for yourself, we’ll do our best to do our part, and we’ll always be there for you.

How is this different from other organisations?

Here’s just a few reasons why we are completely different and unique!
- We aren’t just about getting a job, we’re about your personal journey towards it.
- Our environment is completely different, and a lot more relaxed.
- We have a lot more time and resource to see you individually.
- We are only interested in the jobs that YOU are interested in.
- The support is completely voluntary!

Will I need to travel to see Talent Match?

No! Talent Match is everywhere in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is online, face-to-face in your local town, or in one of our drop-in centres – it’s up to you. As long as you’re eligible, you can sign up – wherever you are in the county.

Is the process free?

Yes! The programme is free to join, comes with tons of other benefits and is tailored to meet your needs.

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Members

40%

In Work

32

In Apprenticeships

20%

In Training

Journeys

Sarah

Sarah is 22 living in Cornwall and is currently in part time employment.

From a young age Sarah didn’t really enjoy her school experience, she left aged 16 and signed on at the job centre. She continued to do her 35 hours of job searching each week but was very uninspired. It was here that she got involved with Secret Fridays, a project working with Rogue Theatre which created community events within Liskeard, at the beginning Sarah was very engaged and took part in lots of events.

Miranda

Miranda is 23 years old, she is currently long term unemployed and living in Cornwall.

As a young girl she was diagnosed with ADHD, which hindered the whole school experience. “I enjoyed the social aspect of school but from early on I was labelled as the kid who wouldn’t make it and at times was quite heavily bullied”.

Tillila

Tillila is 24, she is currently unemployed and lives in Cornwall with her son.

At college Tillila admits “I didn’t really pay enough attention and found that it was more fun to go out partying”. It was here that she fell pregnant, although a happy time for Tillila for the first year she battled with post-natal depression.

latest news

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Hello's and Goodbyes!

On the 24th of October Talent Match members attended the last event to be hosted by our East coach Rina! Hello’s and Goodbyes were on the menu at Wetherspoons Bodmin as we said farewell to Rina who is leaving to go on maternity leave, members got the chance to say hello to Paul and Ed our newest TM Coaches!

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The other side of the desk

We’re proud to introduce our two new coaches, Ed and Paul to the Talent Match team! Two of our Talent Match members, John and Miranda got the chance to help interview candidates for the new TM Coach positions within RIO.

Here’s their experience of the interview process…

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Event round up - Sept/Oct

We’ve had a busy few months for Talent Match Members with lots of new events and exciting opportunities!

Last month members were given the opportunity to visit Talent Match Black Country. We got involved in various activities including paddle boarding, canoeing and a canal ride. We delved into history at the Black Country Living Museum, learning about the canal boats and how the canal tunnels…