Traineeships Support your Business

Author // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In England in 2014 (the latest figures on the government website) local authorities estimated that 82,320 16-18 year olds were not in employment, education or training. The government introduced the Traineeship programme to help support young people like this. It is aimed at 16-24 year olds and allows them to gain essential skills and experience to enable them to secure an Apprenticeship or employment, but how does this support your business? 

What is a Traineeship?

Developed by employers for employers all training costs are met by the government. A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience. They are designed to unlock the vast potential of young people, preparing them for their future career and the world of work, ensuring that they have the skills needed to be work ready. 

They provide 16-24 year olds with essential work skills training, English, maths and work experience, something many employers look for even in this age group. The whole programme is about getting young person ‘work ready’. 

How will it help me as an employer? 

The great thing about a Traineeship is a young person who has completed the programme will be ready to enter the world of work. It is not always easy to find someone who has the right skills and attitude when you are looking to hire someone. The great thing about the Traineeship is that it is building a pool of high quality recruits for you to choose from.  

A young person who has completed the Traineeship can then go on to an Apprenticeship within your organisation. These are funded by the government and employers may be eligible for £1500 through the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE). The progression offered helps ensure you have a continuing supply of talent and skills to build your businesses future on.

How can I help?

The government is looking for employers who can support a young person by offering work experience, usually two days a week for around 8 weeks equating to around 100 hours. The advantage to you is that you can give them specific training for your sector or business. Supporting a trainee helps develop your future managers by giving them the opportunity to build their mentoring and coaching skills. 

What next?

Offering work experience on the Traineeship programme gives your business the opportunity to support your local community while developing potential future employees. If you would like to know more about Traineeships This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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