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6th March 2017

Widnes Vikings are proud to have been re-appointed to deliver the Talent Match Plus programme, which supports 18-24 year olds across Halton into education or employment.

Talent Match Plus sees Widnes Vikings' specialist education team support young people who are out of work, employment or education. The Vikings team act as mentors, helping to develop their skills, confidence and abilities to gain employment.

The Vikings Talent Match Programme has delivered significant success, with over 80% of past participants gaining quality work experience during their time with the initiative. Over 50% of participants were given interviews for both full-time and part-time positions.

Richard Munson, Community Integrated Director, says: "We are delighted to be continuing with our Talent Match programme. The programme offers an alternative environment for people to come and gain vital skills that can make them 'job ready' for full-time employment."

He continues: "The Vikings can offer a really exciting Talent Match programme, by not only using the skills of our specialist staff but also the unique experience of being part of our Club. We're delighted to have had some real success with this programme and are looking forward to taking this further in 2017."

Michael Atherton, Area Manager of Talent Match, says: "We at Talent Match are extremely happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Widnes Vikings throughout 2017."

"Over the past year, the work between Talent Match and Widnes Vikings has helped to bring about great opportunities. They have engaged, educated and inspired local young people to make positive changes in their lives.

"Widnes Vikings have helped to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in our society. We look forward to the continuation of this partnership over the next 12 months."

The Talent Match Plus programme is part funded by European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative.

Please contact Dan Scott on daniels@widnesvikings.co.uk or by calling 0151 495 2250 for more details. For more information about Talent Match please contact Michael Atherton via mikea@youthfed.org or on 07896519025.

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