Traineeships’ is a new scheme for young people between 18 and 25 who want to work, but who need extra support to secure an apprenticeship or job. Traineeships will give young people the chance to develop their skills and gain the workplace experience that employers need.

Employers are concerned that young people often lack the right skills when they apply for a position. According to UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills), only 24% of employers recruited young people directly from education in the past 2-3 years.

Traineeships offer extensive work placements and work skills training, alongside support to improve English and maths skills.

Traineeships are comprised of three components:

  • Work Placement - Work experience
  • Work Preparation - Industry Knowledge, Skills for Work and Social and Personal Skills
  • English and Maths*

*All young people undertaking a Traineeship will be required to study English and maths unless they have achieved a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in those subjects.

Developed with employers, Traineeships will last anything from 6 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. Employers will be at the centre of Traineeships, running or designing the programme and offering work placements. Employers are not required to pay the trainees, but they are encouraged to provide support with expenses such as transport and meals.

Suitable for Traineeships:

  • Unemployed and have little work experience
  • Motivated to work
  • Aged 16 to 18

Unsuitable for Traineeships:

  • Already have the skills/experience needed to start an Apprenticeship or enter employment
  • Aged 24+ (unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25)
  • Already in a job

For more information visit the Department for Education

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