Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has set out plans for a traineeships programme to be launched later this year for 16-24 year-olds. It will provide a tailor-made package of support to give young people the skills to compete in the job market with more experienced adults.
A traineeship could become a crucial stepping stone to an apprenticeship - a job with training to industry standards - or other jobs, for those young people who currently lack the necessary skills.
The length of a traineeship would reflect the specific needs of participants, but they are expected to last around six months.
It is proposed that the programme will include:
High-quality work experience
Studies in English and Maths for those who need them
Work preparation training (for example writing a CV or preparing for an interview)
We are inviting employers, education and training providers, and young people to comment on the proposals and help develop the new programme.