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Voluntary, public and private sector firms joined together on September 10 with Hastings’ youth agencies to help vulnerable, unemployed young people find jobs.

They discussed how a new initiative called Talent Match can help unemployed young people find jobs. There are almost 150 18-24 year olds in Hastings claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance for more than six months.

Talent Match South East is a Big Lottery Fund initiative designed by young people for young people across the region, aged 18-24, who have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

The launch coincides with a recent report by The Prince’s Trust and HSBC, which revealed that 74 per cent of South East businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit their organisations within the next three years. Based on interviews with local business leaders, 69% believe that the recruitment of young people into the workforce is vital to avert a skills crisis.

The launch event took place at the Marina Pavilion at St Leonard’s on Sea and was attended by representatives including the Department for Work and Pensions and East Sussex Federation of Small Businesses.

Jan Tomlinson from Tomorrow’s People, who supported the launch event, said: “It’ll make a lasting difference to local communities by equipping disadvantaged young people with the skills and confidence they need to find jobs.”

Talent Match South East mentor Sandra Sylvester, from Bexhill, said: “I really enjoy helping people. I’ve only been volunteering for two months but I’ve already started to notice the difference that I’m making to the young people I work with.” To find out how Talent Match can help you visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk/SEtalentmatch