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Plans for traineeship scheme to help young people into work

Government proposes new programme to support young people in developing the skills needed for apprenticeships and jobs.

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Young person training to be a mechanic

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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)

Inviting views

We are inviting employers, education and training providers, and young people to comment on the proposals and help develop the new programme.

You can download the discussion paper that sets out the government’s vision for traineeships. If you would like to contribute please send in your suggestions and thoughts via email by 8 February 2013.

Further information

Published 10 January 2013