Bill Wiggin MP has today welcomed the news that Herefordshire is to receive £1.8m from Talent Match, the Big Lottery Fund’s £108m youth unemployment initiative.

The Big Lottery Fund launched Talent Match, a scheme designed by young people for young people, with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities. Now the Fund has awarded Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) £1,792,801 to run the local Talent Match partnership, helping local young people who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months.

Commenting on the news, Bill Wiggin MP said:

‘This grant is fantastic news for young people in my constituency who have been struggling to find work. Being out of work can be incredibly demoralising especially when it can be difficult to find the necessary experience, but Talent Match will give our young people the helping hand they need to get onto the career ladder.

 Tackling youth unemployment has been a key priority for this government as levels rose by over 40% under Labour. This funding is certainly a step in the right direction and I am excited to see what the impact of HVOSS’s work will be.’