Better local solutions to help young people get on

10 March 2016

Better support will soon be on offer to young people struggling to get a job or an apprenticeship thanks to a new joint effort between five Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Learning and Work Institute.

Learning and Work Institute hopes that a new programme of activities with LEPs, local businesses, learning providers and youth organisations will help more young people into learning and jobs via traineeships.

Building on successful work with Humber LEP last year, the aim of special events, to take place throughout March 2016, is to secure a strong role for LEPs in driving traineeships at local level and ensuring that the opportunities on offer to young people fit with local skills priorities and the needs of local businesses.

Informing the events is new research, case studies and insight into how traineeships can be used flexibly to match the needs of businesses, sectors and young people.

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at Learning and Work Institute said:

“Youth unemployment is rarely out of the headlines and the evidence clearly shows that traineeships are an effective bridge to employment for many young people. The challenge is providing all young people who could benefit from a traineeship with access to one. This is why we are reaching out to local support organisations who have regular contact with young people, particularly the most disadvantaged.

“By bringing together local authority services, careers advice services, third sector and specialist support agencies with learning providers and Local Enterprise Partnerships, we are confident that we can promote traineeships so that more young people and businesses can benefit from them.”

The five Local Enterprise Partnerships are:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire LEP. 14 March
  • North East LEP. 21 March
  • Sheffield City Region LEP. 9 March
  • Enterprise M3. 24 March
  • Solent LEP. 24 March

Nicola Aylward concludes:

“The traineeships programme is highly flexible. Businesses that have engaged so far have responded positively to them. We are looking forward to sharing the findings of our new research about how businesses and providers have helped grow traineeships.”