CIPD: Traineeships have the power to be “transformative”
Traineeships have the power to be "transformative" for young people who take part in the initiative.
That's according to Katerina Rüdiger, head of skills and policy campaigns at CIPD who was responding to questions on the high level of youth unemployment.
A recent OECD report highlighted the high levels of youth unemployment and the increasing numbers of long-term unemployed in the UK as areas for concern. But with Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announcing the publication of a framework for delivery of traineeships for 16- to 19 year-olds last week, Rüdiger believes that this can help to address the issue of high unemployment.
"Recent CIPD research into recruitment practices found a clear mismatch between employers' expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people's understanding of what is expected of them," she said.
"Many young people are struggling during the transition from education into work as they do not know how to write a CV, prepare for an interview and lack prior work experience. Many also lack confidence and do not know how to sell themselves in the best possible way to employers.
"Traineeships are an important step in helping to address this gap and it is good to see so many employers are committed to offer high-quality work experience placements. Employer involvement is crucial to ensuring that traineeships provide the relevant skills that young people need in order to become work ready. If delivered properly and lead to permanent work or an apprenticeship. Traineeships have the potential to be transformative for the young people who take part."