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  • What is a Traineeship

What is a Traineeship

Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become 'work ready'

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job: Work preparation training which ensures young people have the skills and confidence needed for an Apprenticeship or other job.

Maths and English support to improve young people's literacy and numeracy.
Meaningful work experience which provides insight and experience of the world of work.

Why are traineeships important

Traineeships will ensure all young people have the work skills, maths and English and work experience needed to start their careers.
  • Developed in response to business needs, Traineeships ensure employers have the talented workforce required for business success.
  • With Traineeships, businesses can develop the next generation of employees, ensuring a pipeline of talented young people with the personal and practical skills and experience required in the labour market.
  • Developed with employers, Traineeships will last anything from six weeks to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual.
  • Employers will be at the centre of Traineeships, running or designing the programme and offering high quality work placements in partnership with a trusted provider.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service can put employers in touch with local providers approved by the Skills Funding Agency
Developed in response to business needs, Traineeships ensure employers have the talented workforce required for business success.

  • According to UKCES, just 24% of employers recruited young people directly from education in the past 2-3 years.
  • Traineeships give employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality new recruits for their sector.
  • More than half of employers are aware of weaknesses in the core skills of at least some of their employees in literacy (55%) and numeracy (51%), with a third (35%) reporting that they have had to provide remedial training for young people joining them from school or college.
  • 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.
  • Mid-sized employers (25-199 staff) have reported an increase in skill shortage vacancies since 2009.
  • Traineeships will help combat this problem by providing young people with the skills businesses need
From large organisations to small businesses, all employers can play a key role in helping young people get the skills they need to progress.

  • Working with trainees will give your current employees the chance to develop expertise in the skill development, mentoring and coaching of young people.
  • 100 companies, including BT, Mercedes Benz and HSBC have already got behind the programme.
Employers need to commit to a high quality work experience placement, including an exit interview – or a job interview if a role becomes available – and a reference at the end of the placement.

  • Employers are not required to pay young people taking part in Traineeships but are encouraged to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals

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