How a Traineeship can help a young person into an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have never been more popular and are becoming increasingly prestigious, especially as they are now being seen as equivalent to a University degree. Employers have come to expect high calibre candidates with good qualifications in English and Maths and some experience under their belts; for young people who want to embark upon an Apprenticeship, but do not quite meet these criteria, a new Traineeship programme has been introduced.

This invaluable programme will begin from August this year for 16- to 19-year-olds, with a view to extending the programme for up to age 24 in due course. Designed to help young people through the provision of high-quality work placements, work preparation training and support in English and Maths, traineeships can also offer additional flexible training to meet the individual needs of young people, for example to build character, personal and social skills or sector specific skills.

After 6 months on the programme, the trainee will be much better placed to progress into an Apprenticeship, a sustainable job, or into continued education to develop the skills they need for their chosen career.

Employers will be offered a chance to have a key role in making the Traineeships programme a success, both leading delivery and working in partnership with education and training providers to develop these core elements. This is a very positive step for employers, as shaping the training and experience of young people will create a larger pool of high quality applicants for their sector to draw on.

If you would like more information about Traineeships, or Apprenticeships in general and how they can enrich your business, please call me on 01635 35975 or email