Talent Match awards shortlist

Talent Match North East Awards 2018 - #TMNEstars

Nominations have now been shortlisted!


Talent Match North East will be celebrating the successes of young people, and others involved with the programme, at an awards ceremony on Thursday 17 May 2018.

The event, to be held at The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle, will highlight achievements in seven areas, including categories for youth coaches, employers, partners and, of course, young people. 

We invited nominations for each category for just over six weeks, closing at the end of March with a fantastic response, receiving numerous submissions.

Our panel found it hard to choose just three shortlisted nominations for each category.


Award Categories:


Progression Award – Awarded to a young person who has overcome significant barriers or challenges since starting on the Talent Match programme. The winner may have moved into education, training or employment or will have progressed towards their goals since joining Talent Match.

Shortlisted nominations – Lucy Frost, Meagan Thompson and Sarah Craigs.


Youth Coach Award – Awarded to a Talent Match Youth Coach who has provided excellent support and guidance to young people on the programme. The award winner will have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to helping young people grow and achieve their goals on the programme, ensuring their approach is tailored to the needs of each individual.

Shortlisted nominations – Tracey Johnson, Michelle Rimmer and Matt Ng.


High-flyer Award – Awarded to a Talent Match young person who has excelled since entering the world of work. 

Shortlisted nominations – Harmanjeet Kaur, Silke Koch and Jamie Robinson.


Achieving Together Award – Awarded to two or more people or organisations that have worked exceptionally well together to help a TMNE young person achieve their goals on their Talent Match journey.

Shortlisted nominations – Sean Teggert (Gaming Project inc. Michelle Rimmer, Michelle Brannen, Kris Middleton, Joseph Atkinson, Rhys and Ethan), NE1/Newcastle United Foundation, Talent Match North East Young Researchers


Inspiration Award – Awarded to a Talent Match young person who has made a significant effort to support others involved with the programme. The Inspiration Award recognises young people who have given back to the programme, whether through volunteering or providing their views and feedback to help improve Talent Match in the future.

Shortlisted nominations – Brett Williams, Dale Graham and Lee Chapman. 


Star Employer Award –  Awarded to the employer who has offered outstanding support to a young person or young people on Talent Match. This could include, but is not limited to, work experience, training, job opportunities and support with events.

Shortlisted nominations – Dawn McCreanor (More Time), Virgin Money and Kelly Scott (WD Close). 


Outstanding Achievement Award – Awarded to an outstanding young person who exemplifies the Talent Match journey. The winner will have overcome substantial barriers whilst on Talent Match and successfully progressed into employment, training or education.

Shortlisted nominations – Alex Leigh, Tom Godfrey and Amy Bennet.


A winner will be selected from the shortlist by our judging panel, which includes a young person’s representative.

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the TMNE Awards event on the 17 May, and the winner will be announced at the event when the presentation is made.

Well done to everyone who has been nominated, especially those making the shortlist!

Good luck to everyone shortlisted - we look forward to seeing you on the day and announcing the winners!


If you'd like to know more contact talentmatch@thewisegroup.co.uk