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Traineeships on the Agenda

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has launched a discussion paper regarding the much talked about new Traineeship programme.

The Traineeships aim to provide 16-24 years olds with an individual package of support to improve their competence, skills and experience to compete successfully in the labour market. It aims to include:

  • Focused work preparation training eg 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 Government wants the programme to be open to a wide range of young people including those not in education, employment or training (NEET), those interested in a course with an education or training provider or those looking for a job.  Traineeships are expected to last around six months and there is a clear push for Traineeships to lead into Apprenticeships to continue the training and upskilling of young people.


The press release targets September 2013 for the new programme to be up and running but it is difficult to see if there will be new money and new contracts for the programme or whether it will go to existing Skills Funding Agency providers.

Employers, education and training providers, and young people have been invited to comment on the Government’s proposals to help develop the new programme. Click here to download the discussion paper.  Interested parties are asked to send their thoughts to traineeships.discussion@education.gsi.gov.uk by 8 February 2013.

11 January 2013

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