Young people from Essex attended the celebration event which was held in the Southend YMCA Eco Hub

Essex-based employment project, Talent Match South East, celebrates 17 young people gaining new qualifications

Talent Match South East, a Big Lottery Fund project, has been celebrating its success with young people completing the ‘Progress 2 Success’ in Essex.

The Talent Match South East project, dedicated to supporting long-term unemployed local young people into work or training, held a ceremony at the Southend YMCA Eco Hub to celebrate 17 young people who have achieved a qualification through the ‘Progress 2 Success’ course; a qualification that has helped develop their skills and experience, moving them closer to gaining employment.

The ‘Progress to Success’ course saw the Talent Match South East’s delivery partners working with a group of young people to develop a 2-week accredited course. The course was made up of modules including, ‘Your First Day At Work’, ‘Developing Mindset’ and ‘Team Working’. It also included a day with the Royal Bank of Scotland where the young people developed their interview skills.

Michael Ratcliffe, Talent Match South East’s Employer and Skills Network lead commented,

“Progress 2 Success demonstrates how young people can identify their own development needs and plan for a course to take place that improves their chances of meeting their potential in the world of work.”

Michael added,

“I am especially delighted for 17 young people gained so much confidence and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with a local employer and understand what is important to succeed at interviews. Many young people lacked the confidence to speak publically and engage with other, the course has built confidence and has led to many of the group moving into new experiences.”

Robert, a young person completing the course, commented,

“I found the two weeks really helpful. At first the idea of the course was scary, but I decided to do it. I now feel less shy, talk more and calmer about interviews.”

If you know a young person who would benefit from this support, or you are an employer who’d like to be involved, please email