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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.”

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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Matt Richardson, 24, signed up to Talent Match in October 2014 with aspirations within the video game and animation industries. At this point, Matt had been out of work and education for over three years, and was struggling to get back into college due to dyslexia. Matt said, “I applied for PCAD in Plymouth but there wasn’t enough support for my learning difficulties.”


Raisy Marks, 22, signed up to Talent Match in December last year, having been unemployed for over four years. “Before I joined Talent Match,” she says, “I wasn’t getting very far in my life. I saw working as just a way to make money and wasn’t very enthusiastic about finding one.”


Joseph Hill, 24, first signed up to Talent Match Cornwall in October 2014. Having just moved to Liskeard, Joe had been out of work for a while, was living on Job Seeker’s Allowance and spent his days busking in the streets of Liskeard and Plymouth.

latest news

group of members on canoe at BF Adventure

BF Adventure!

As one of the Talent Match Events this year, we visited Bishops Forum, in Penryn, Cornwall. With a total of 9 members and 3 members of staff, the day was set up to push us out of our comfort zones in an environment that would challenge, motivate and promote team building in young people.


What a great way to start the week! Kelly, Jodie, Liam and Will took members up to Trelander Community Centre in Truro to take part in an event with the awesome Tash and Kayley from CoachMakers! It was good to see ex Talent Match members working for CoachMakers and running the activities…

3 members organising film posters at The Poly

Setting up the Poly in Falmouth

Poly Arts Centre in Falmouth will be holding a massive sale of some of its old film posters.