Government invest in young people’s future
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Government invest an extra £20 million into the Traineeship scheme to help young people in England aged 18 to 23 get the support they need to get work ready.
The additional funding will be used to help more young people take part in the Traineeship programmes, which was set up by The Department of Education and the Department of Business, Innovation and skills in August 2013 to help tackle unemployment. The aim of the Traineeship programme is to give support and help young people develop skills for employment if they decide not to go into further education.
As part of the programme young people get to learn valuable skills like interview preparation, CV writing, support in Maths and English and a high quality work experience placement. Each programme is tailored to suit individual needs and can last from six weeks to six months.
Laurie McLaughlin National careers advisor said, “One of the really good things about a traineeship is that it’s going to prepare the young person for work or an apprenticeship, so it’s going to give them chance to develop their employability skills and will give them an idea of what it’s like to go to work. It can also give you a reference so if you haven’t done a lot of things outside of school, you haven’t got any hobbies or haven’t really got involved with anything it’s really important to have a reference.
A government press release has already announced that over 500 providers have said they will be offering Traineeships and a potential 150 plus companies including household names like Siemens, Virgin Media, BT and HSBC are just some of the employers that have expressed an interest in offering young people a work placement.
In the competitive job market the Traineeship programme can help young people stand out and have vital work experience and skills to put on their CV. A recent poll conducted by IMC research showed that one in five employers said they would more likely employ a young person that had a work placement on their CV and half of the employers that offered traineeships would consider creating a job for someone that stood out during their work placement.
Natalia Wrona, said, “After leaving school I went into six form, but I wasn’t enjoying it so I left. I started the Traineeship which helped my confidence and I got a work placement at a nursery. The Traineeship gave me the confidence to apply for jobs and within two months of starting the Traineeship I got an apprenticeship at a nursery.”
The Traineeship fees are completely paid for by the government and during work placements some employers offer help with expenses or depending on your circumstance you may be able to get financial support from the training organisation. Applications are being accepted from anyone in the age range who has not gone into further education and are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week. So if you think a Traineeship is right for you details of how to apply are below and if you are still unsure you can contact the National Careers service were you can get more information and decide what path suit you.
Click here to see some Traineeship case studies
Advise of how to find Traineeships from: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk
- Contact your local college or training organisation to see if they are offering Traineeship opportunities.
- Some Traineeship opportunities, particularly with large national employers, will be advertised regularly on the National Apprenticeship Service website
- If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your individual Jobcentre Plus adviser.
- Contact the National Careers Service, a free and impartial service which supports, encourages and inspires people at every stage of their working life.
Search online for ‘National Careers Service’ or call 0800 100 900.
By Penelope Castillo