Glasgow social enterprise the Wise Group has secured a major contract to deliver a youth employability initiative in the north-east of England.

The Wise Group is to receive more than £10 million from the Big Lottery Fund's £100m Talent Match.

The lottery distributor sought bids to deliver a scheme designed by young people to help 18 to 24-year-olds who were struggling most to get on the career ladder.

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Aimed at those who have been out of work or education for at least 12 months, Talent Match has been set up to help tackle a youth employment crisis that BLF said threatened an entire generation, as well as the wider economy.

Laurie Russell, pictured, chief executive of the Wise Group, said: "A partnership of young people, employers, and the third and public sector agencies have worked together to develop this exciting and innovative project."