Changes to Traineeships boost numbers

25 June 2015

The latest provisional figures published today by the Skills Funding Agency show that the number of Traineeship starts for the first three quarters of 2014/15 has increased to 15,100 – which means the programme is on track to double year-one participation by the end of the second full year.


Responding to the latest figures, Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at NIACE, said:


“Traineeships provide a great opportunity for young people who want to take their first step into work and establish a solid foundation for their future career – it is great news that so many young people are now benefitting from this programme.

“The increase in Traineeship starts is in part due to changes to the eligibility criteria so that more 19 -24 year old can access the programme. It’s also the result of effective signposting from key agencies, such as Jobcentre Plus. During the last six months NIACE has been working closely with DWP and BIS to support JCP staff to signpost young people – who could benefit from a Traineeship – to the right opportunities. This has involved producing briefings, case studies and facilitating workshop events for JCP staff and learning providers.  We’re delighted that the figures published today show that more and more young people are participating in a traineeship and bridging the gap towards sustainable employment.

“Traineeships are a crucial pathway to jobs and apprenticeships for young people. We look forward to working with Government to make the programme even more accessible to many more young people and to maximising the effectiveness of the programme in contributing to the 3 million apprenticeship target for this Parliament.”