Maximising the impact of Traineeships

12 July 2016

There’s been a lot of negative press about traineeships recently. Lack of promotion, slow take up and poor progression rates to apprenticeships are just some of the criticisms. Here at Learning and Work Institute we’ve been developing and promoting new approaches to maximising the impact of what we think is a really flexible programme, that has the potential to deliver great outcomes. At the Into Work Convention yesterday, we showcased our project, delivered in partnership with Humber LEP, to drive STEM traineeships in the region. The work has successfully embedded STEM traineeships in the local offer and is providing local young people with a route to jobs in growth sectors, where there are current and future vacancies in the Humber region. Data now shows that Humber’s traineeship starts per ten thousand of the 16-24 population vastly outstrip other parts of England. Taking a focussed, strategic and embedded approach has worked.

DCET Training in Bristol is achieving similar outcomes from its traineeship programme, which is focussed on the electrical sector. Hands on electrical project work, alongside crucial health and safety qualifications and embedded English and maths has resulted in 14 out of 15 of the latest cohort of trainees progressing directly onto an apprenticeship. Not bad considering that the national progression rate from a traineeship to an apprenticeship is around 1 in 4!

Traineeships can really make a difference in enabling young people to bridge the gap to employment. By utilising the flexibility of the programme, developing tailored local and sector approaches, and getting the messages out to young people, employers and providers, we can drive greater numbers and secure better outcomes. And if we can come close to matching the participation rates in the Humber, and the progression to apprenticeship rates at DCET Training, the programme will make a significant contribution to local and national government priorities around youth unemployment, skills shortages and the 3 million apprenticeship target.

IntoWork Convention

Read L&W’s latest research into sector-focussed traineeships.

Nicola Aylward is Head of Learning for Young People at Learning and Work Institute

This blog is part of a series of blogs produced at IntoWork Convention 2016