No One Left Behind 2018

Talent Match Sheffield City Region’s conference No One Left Behind 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate and share the success of the project over the last 5 years, recognise all involved with its delivery, share our findings and of course not forget the fundamental reason the project exists: To ensure NO young person is left behind!


The free-to-attend conference will take place in the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster on Thursday 6th December 2018. Free car parking is available on site in car park 2. For full directions please visit the Stadium website. The conference runs from 9:00am till 4:00pm.

Event Venue

Delegates will... :

  • ...hear how we have generated a Social Return on Investment in various parts of the programme, in addition to the saving to society overall
    • e.g. £3.35 for each £1 spent through our Wage Fund Initiative
  • ...hear how Sheffield City Region compares to other Talent Match areas in England
    • only 25% of clients have 5 GCES’s A-C, compared to 32% nationally
    • 32% have experienced mental ill health, compared to 25% nationally
    • 29% of our clients are ‘furthest from the labour market’ compared to 24% nationally
  • ...hear what Talent Match Sheffield City Region does differently to other employment programmes e.g.
    • Involving young people in design and delivery
    • Offering embedded counselling and wellbeing support
    • Offering bespoke personal and financial support to meet wide-ranging individual needs and increase confidence, happiness, life satisfaction and feeling worthwhile
  • ...share in the celebrations of the achievements of the 2376 young people we have worked with over the past 5 years e.g.
    • at least 653 clients moving into employment and 457 into education
    • setting up volunteering opportunities for at least 598 clients
    • supporting 23 clients into self employment
  • ...see some of the great businesses our clients have set up and how we helped them overcome the hurdles to starting up their own business such as equipment costs and driving lessons.
  • energised and motivated about the future legacy planning of employment programmes within Sheffield City Region (and beyond)
  • ...hear from policy makers and funders regionally and nationally, and have your say on the future of employment programmes

Speakers include:

  • Scott Hignett, Head of Funding: Strategic Programmes (Big Lottery Fund)
    Scott hignett

    12 years’ experience of managing a range of programmes within the fund, with 2 years directly managing key relationships in Talent Match including Sheffield City Region’s programme. Prior to joining Big Lottery Fund, his previous background was predominately within the finance sector.

  • Gail Gibbons, Chair Sheffield Futures
    Gail gibbons

    Gail has been CEO of Sheffield Futures – a large charity working with disadvantaged young people across the region – since 2014. Since joining the charity, she has developed a strong organisational strategy which focuses on the delivery of quality evidence based programmes for young people as they transition into adulthood, and the development of a sustainable funding model. She is a member of and chair of a wide range of multi-agency strategic groups across the city region – including the Talent Match Strategic Board, and is a current ACEVO Fellow.

    Prior to joining Sheffield Futures, Gail had over 20 years of public sector experience. A social worker by profession, she has worked across local government and health in the fields of children and young people and mental health in a variety of settings and roles. In addition to frontline social work, this has included posts in strategic development and policy; joint commissioning; and senior operational leadership.

  • Peter Wells, Professor of Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University
    Peter wells

    Peter is the director of the Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Big Lottery Fund's Talent Match programme. This contract runs from 2013-19. He directed the Office of the Third Sector (Cabinet Office) funded national evaluation of Futurebuilders from 2005-2010. He was also involved in the National Evaluation of the New Deal for Communities as a member of the central data team. He has undertaken various research and evaluation assignments for the Big Lottery Fund, including the evaluation of its Village SOS programme and research into the outsourcing of grantmaking. He has worked in an expert advisory capacity in a range of contexts including: being a member of the CLG Local Government Research Expert Panel (2008-10); providing peer review support to the Meta Evaluation of London 2012; as a member of the DECC evaluation panel; and submitting invited evidence to the NCVO Funding Commission on the measurement of impact.

    Research interests
    Peter has wide ranging research interests including

    • evaluation and evidence based policy making
    • social investment and the voluntary and community sector
    • EU regional policy and the Structural Funds
    • youth unemployment

  • Tom Ingall, BBC Look North Journalist
    Tom ingall

    Tom Ingall is an award winning journalist and author who has lived and worked in South Yorkshire for more than two decades. He is a familiar face on BBC Look North covering a diverse range of stories. He has also produced documentaries for BBC4. Away from work he has a passion for transport and encouraging his children to watch Doctor Who.


Who should attend?

  • Employers already engaged with TMSCR
  • Employers and HR managers interested in exploring engagement
  • Youth organisation leaders
  • Training providers
  • Mental Health and Health and Welfare agencies
  • Local Government representatives
  • Faith and Community leaders

No One Left Behind 2017:

Click here to see how our No One Left Behind Conference went last Year.

Sponsorship opportunities:

If you are interested in supporting the conference and this fantastic project, there are a number of packages available. No One Left Behind is the perfect opportunity for you to place your brand in front of local, relevant audiences and be associated with a project of such important social impact. Packages will all be priced at £500 +vat and will include a presence at the event if required. For more details please contact Opening Doors & Venues (appointed conference organisers) by emailing or by phoning 01562 731788. We look forward to hearing from you!

Free to attend so register today!

We’d love for you to attend our conference and find out more about Talent Match’s successes and our plans for the future.

We’ve helped young people from across the region to achieve amazing things and we can’t wait to share their inspiring stories with you.


Join the Twitter conversation

We’d love to hear from you so please join the conversation on Twitter @SheffieldTM using the conference hashtags #TMSCR18 and #Nooneleftbehind

Contact us

For all conference related enquiries please contact the appointed organisers:

Opening Doors & Venues
For and on behalf of Talent Match Sheffield City Region 2018
Phone: 01562 731788