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Talent International celebrates 25 years with volunteer initiative to support struggling youth

The global workforce of recruiter Talent International will spend the company’s 25th anniversary giving back to young people struggling through the pandemic. As youth issues such as isolation, unemployment and hopelessness spike, Talent will conduct its annual Talent Day volunteering event over a week-long “We’re here to listen” commitment.

In addition to this initiative, places in the Talent RISE TechStart program will be offered to young people interested in a career in the tech or digital sector. This program builds on Talent’s commitment to create meaningful learning pathways for young people and will be strengthened through the Skillsoft  free learning content.

This initiative will be run in conjunction with Talent RISE, the charity arm of Talent that specialises in this field and offers education, training, work readiness programs, and job placement opportunities for young people who experience challenging barriers to employment.

Talent has marked its anniversary with a volunteering event every year since 1996 as a way of bringing the company value “we give a damn” to life. Over the years, the global team has volunteered over 50,000 hours to giving back to charities and community projects.

Commenting on the “We’re here to listen” Talent Day initiative, Talent and Talent RISE founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl said that there was a strong need for this kind of support in the youth community globally.

“The immediate impact of the Coronavirus downturn has been large and unequal, with young people being hit the hardest. The global youth unemployment crisis is reaching unprecedented levels and the long term impacts could be devastating, this coupled with the disconnection, and lack of hope being felt by young people could lead to devastating consequences.

“We wanted to offer our support practically as specialists in the work readiness field, through our charity RISE, but we also want to create a safe space for young people to express how they are feeling and allow them to share their stories with us. I want everyone in our business to have as many conversations as possible with those affected and understand what’s happening out there. This has the potential to be both confronting and cathartic”

This initiative will begin on the 4th September and run for one week, young people can access this initiative through this link. Young people can choose if they would like ongoing support from the Talent RISE team.

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