A conference has celebrated the success of a project which has been transforming the young unemployed people across the region.
Talent Match, which operates across Leeds City Region, is two years into its five-year run, with the aim of helping approximately 2,300 people aged 18-24 who are long-term unemployed to get into the world of work.
The conference, held at Northern Ballet, heard it had so far helped 941 youngsters.
Sam Alexander, head of operations at Your Consortium, which runs the Talent Match, said: “It was really great to be able to celebrate the success of the programme so far and share experiences of working with the young people on the programme. We are one of the best performing regions for this national programme and this is testament to the hard work and dedication of the delivery partnership across the Leeds City Region. Clearly we are making a profound difference in the lives of young people who, in some cases, are a distance from the world of work and it was particularly exciting to hear the ‘buy in’ stories from local employers.”