New traineeships to give young people the skills they need

James Brokenshire has welcomed new plans to set up a Traineeship programme for young people.  The new programme will provide young people aged 16 to 24 with a tailor-made package of support that will give them the confidence, skills and experience to compete in the labour market with more experienced adults.

Employers, education and training providers, and young people have been invited to comment on the Government’s plans to help develop the new programme.  A discussion paper has been published setting out the Government’s proposals, which would include:

Focused work preparation training – e.g. CV writing, interview preparation, job searching, inter-personal skills.

High-quality work experience – giving young people real-life work placement to enhance their skills and confidence.

English and maths – for young people who have not achieved a GCSE grade C or equivalent or better.

The initiative is part of the Government’s wider aim to ensure the future workforce possesses the skills that employers want in their apprentices and employees.

502,500 people started an apprenticeship in 2011-12. This is a record number and the first time ever that more than half a million people have started an apprenticeship in one year.  A Traineeship could be seen as a crucial stepping stone to an Apprenticeship – a job with training to industry standards – or other jobs, for those young people who currently lack the necessary skills.  The new programme could be in place by September 2013 following input from the consultation.

Commenting James Brokenshire said: 

“This is great news for young people trying to get a foot on the work ladder. Conservatives in Government are making sure our young people have the skills they need to compete and succeed in work. Over six hundred people in Old Bexley & Sidcup started apprenticeships last year. This traineeship programme will help more young people like them compete successfully and get jobs”. 

Further details on the discussion paper can be found at: http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/t/traineeships%20discussion%20paper%20-%20january%202013.pdf