Evaluation of the temporary jobs pilot: ‘Proving Talent’

In order to boost efforts to tackle youth unemployment and build on their successes in delivering the Future Jobs Fund, the Give Us A Chance (GUAC) consortium of social landlords developed Proving Talent as a model for temporary paid jobs and training opportunities predominantly aimed at young people. The model centres on housing providers and Work Programme contractors negotiating a package of mutual funding and support to establish new, six-month, temporary work and training opportunities within housing providers or their supply chains, available exclusively to Work Programme participants. The objective is to give young people at significant distance from the labour market the kind of chance that they would not otherwise have access to, because of a lack of experience, skills or qualifications.

The first five Proving Talent pilot partnerships that were developed entailed a substantial commitment of over £400,000 to 56 temporary jobs and two cohorts on self-employment awareness courses during 2012-13. This evaluation uses a mixture of methods to capture the success and outcomes of these pilots.