Traineeship instigated to prepare the young for work
Plans for a new traineeship programme to equip young people with the skills they need for employment were outlined today by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
It is believed the initiative which could be in place by September this year will give those aged 16- to 24 the confidence, experience and skills necessary to compete in the labour market with their elders.
Training providers and employers have been invited to comment on the Government's proposals to help develop the new programme. The initiative is part of the Government's wider aim to ensure the future workforce possesses the skills that employers want in their apprentices and employees.
Speaking at today's launch, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, said: "We want to support everyone in our country to reach their personal best. To do that, we are introducing Traineeships to help young people with the skills they need to get a job, and hold down a job.
"That's vital for our economy to compete in the global race. And it's a question of fairness.
"Traineeships will give young people the helping hand and experience they need to compete for Apprenticeships and good jobs."
Employers voiced their discontent at the poor self-management skills of school leavers, according to last year's CBI annual education and skills survey. Furthermore, employers were not satisfied with the literacy and numeracy skills of the same group. It is thought that this project will help young people who are motivated, but fall short of employers' expectation due to a lack of experience and skill.
Welcoming the news, Neil Carberry, CBI director of employment and skills, said: "The jobs market is already challenging for young people, particularly for those lacking the basic skills, experience and attitude businesses look for. The CBI has long called for stronger pre-apprenticeship programmes, like traineeships, so young people are ready for their first job. It is vital that employers are at the heart of designing and developing them to meet the demands of the workplace."
Graham Hoyle OBE, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, added: "The development of traineeships represents a hugely significant step forward in ensuring young people currently without a job or training opportunity are better equipped to find either an Apprenticeship or other type of worthwhile employment.
"The Government is also wise to consult widely and openly with providers and others to find the design most likely to be successful. They suggest that flexibility and personalisation are likely to be the keys to success. They are correct."