Consultation outcome

Traineeships: funding reform in England

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

We’ll take actions from 2015 to 2016 that will increase the importance of trainees’ progression (to apprenticeships and other jobs), bring greater consistency across the age groups, and widen eligibility. We will do this within existing funding systems to minimise disruption for providers. We will keep the core elements of traineeships.

We’ll do this by:

  • improving and making better use of destination and progression data
  • improving definitions of:
    • apprenticeship
    • sustainable employment
    • further learning
  • making further learning of 19 to 24 year olds an acceptable funding commitment, as is the case for 16 to 18 year olds

Detail of feedback received

We received 99 written responses and held separate discussions with a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • training providers
  • employers
  • training providers/employers representative organisations
  • local authorities
  • unions
  • charities

Responses strongly supported:

  • concentrating on results for trainees (especially their progression into apprenticeships or other jobs) and greater consistency across the programme
  • a balance between rewarding trainee results and funding activities within a traineeship – this would help ensure providers help the right young people

Many respondents suggested that at such an early stage in a new programme we should take an evolutionary approach to change.

Original consultation

Summary

We’re asking for views on options to reform how government funds the traineeships programme in England.

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Consultation description

This is a joint consultation from the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We are asking for views on how government funding for the traineeships programme in England can be used to provide the best possible results for young people.

This consultation is relevant to:

  • training providers
  • employers
  • young people who might be suitable for a traineeship
  • representative bodies of the above groups
  • other organisations like charities and voluntary organisations with an interest in young people’s move from education to work

Documents

Traineeships Funding in England: Funding reform technical consultation

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Traineeships Funding in England: consultation response form

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Published 19 June 2014
Last updated 18 November 2014 + show all updates
  1. Government response published.
  2. First published.