Traineeships set to deliver for more young people

15 May 2014

The Department for Business and Innovation (BIS) have published new guidance to expand traineeships and make them more accessible to young people.

Traineeships are an education and training programme offered to young people, including those who are unemployed. Trainees benefit from work experience, support with maths and English and work preparation training to improve their chances of gaining an Apprenticeship or other job.

The changes will introduce greater flexibility to help learning providers and employers develop quality programmes. In addition, from August 2014, Traineeships will be available to young people aged between 16 and 24, whereas previously, the cut off age was 23. There is also greater flexibility in the rules for benefit claimants meaning that they can train for longer each week and no longer have to do their work experience in a block of up to 8 consecutive weeks.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has also called on more employers to get involved by offering work experience to help trainees get ready for the world of work.