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New funding for Traineeship scheme

An extra &pound20 million has been allocated to the government’s new Traineeships programme in a bid to help more young people into apprenticeships and other jobs.

The additional funding was announced as Skills Minister Matthew Hancock travelled to Nottingham to meet young people already taking part in the scheme.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said, “Traineeships give young people the helping hand they need to compete for Apprenticeships and other jobs. The programme is off to an excellent start with strong backing from employers and training providers. We have responded to this demand by providing additional investment and in time traineeships will become the clear route for young people looking to get the crucial grounding they need in the world of work.”

Traineeships, which began in August this year, aim to provide 16-23-year-olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market – helping them secure apprenticeships or other jobs.

They last a maximum of six months and provide work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing, support to improve English and maths skills, a high-quality work experience placement (between six weeks and five months) and training from providers who are rated & lsquo;Outstanding’ or & lsquo;Good’ by Ofsted.

More than 500 providers have pledged to take on trainees this year and so far 150 companies, including BAE Systems, Siemens and Virgin Media, have expressed an interest in offering placements.

Maurice Daw, chief people officer at Virgin Media said, “Our very first trainees are now being taken on as full time field technicians, so we’re delighted with the traineeship scheme. The experience and skills boost that the traineeship offers is already creating more opportunities for people to find a route into work. We are really pleased that there is more investment in the scheme. It will help employers like us by creating a bigger and better pool of candidates and it will help individuals looking for career opportunities.”


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