Neovia Logistics partnered up with a local youth unemployment charity, Talent Match, which is led by The Prince’s Trust to enable young people direct access into paid work. A whole new approach to

recruitment and employee development is underway at Neovia at their Desford Site. This new pilot, called the QUBE, has been developed by local unemployed young people and Neovia Managers coming together to look at what could work. Talent Match is a National

programme enabling businesses and young people to design local solutions to long-term unemployment. It is funded by the Big Lottery. In Leicester and Leicestershire the project has worked with over 900 young people, who have an average length of unemployment of over two years. More than half do not claim any unemployment or disability benefits. There is a specific group of young

people who are consistently unable to access paid work. These are those over the age 21 who have a learning difficulty, disability, or are recovering from mental illness. The aim of the pilot is to look more

closely at the ‘transition to work’ for those who have never experienced any work. Neovia were keen to challenge perceptions of working in

the logistics and warehousing sector. Eight young people signed up to

the pilot. None of the group had worked in over three years and none had kept a job. Neovia were committed to pay all of the team for every hour they were working on site. What we have seen is when a

company commits in this way, our young people respect that vote of confidence and give commitment to their new found job status.

The partnership vision was simple. • Are the young people able and willing to do the work?

• How can we make sure that they will all succeed?

All eight started working on part

time contracts in light pick and pack, with shift patterns and processes that suit their needs. Talent Match have a dedicated member of staff on site with them, to offer ‘in-work’ support and fund all transport to and from the site.

Emma Southern - Prince’s Trust Talent Match Manager: “Current recruitment practices do not work for so many unemployed people with additional needs. Neovia have created such an amazing partnership opportunity for us. There is so much ‘Hidden Talent’ out there that is just written off. ”

Shan Needham - Talent Match Co-ordinator: “Neovia have really thought about the whole working environment, the job role and the team in the workplace. A job is not just a job. I am not joking when I say that it has been life changing for these young people in such a short space of time. We are all learning so much every day.”

If you want to learn more about the project or would like to have a conversation about whether a bespoke project like this could work in your business please give Emma Southern at Talent Match a call on 0743 6581313.


Mark Vyner takes up the reins as CEO of TwentyTwenty

TwentyTwenty is an award winning charity working across the East Midlands which breaks cycles of worklessness, hopelessness and dependency in local young people, supporting them to become healthy, aspirational citizens who have the skills and wherewithal to hold down secure and progressive jobs.

Mark Vyner, our new CEO, joined us recently marking his return to the East Midlands:

After 12 years working across Africa with Christian Aid

I am thrilled to once more be contributing to my local community. I am a passionate advocate of the massive benefits of bringing skills and attitudes learned in the private sector into the charity sector and look forward to working with members of the Chamber and linking them in to the groundbreaking work we do with local young people.

Ways that you can get involved: Offer workplace tasters, employability workshops and

work experience to young people Offer apprenticeships or entry

level employment to our graduates

If you are interested in exploring how we can work together to achieve each other's goals, please contact or call us on 0300 111 2020 We would be delighted to hear from you.

Run team building days for your staff to interact with our young people

Encourage your employees to become trained mentors

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