The National Skills Show was held in Birmingham last week, introducing young people to the opportunities available in traineeships, apprenticeships and work experience to help guide them into employment.
As well as the national show, a series of interactive events are being held across the UK, with local training providers, colleges and employers on hand to provide young people with support and advice on the best route to the career they want to pursue.
On 21st and 22nd January 2014 The Skills Show Experience will arrive in the Thames Valley region for the Oxford Careers Fest at BMW Group’s Mini Plant Oxford. ATG Training will be there to showcase our Engineering Apprenticeships and to offer advice and guidance to employers and students alike.
Matthew Hancock, skills and enterprise minister, said last week that experience is highly valuable to young people, no matter how they gain it – through paid or unpaid work – and it helps them get a job. The Skills Show supports all businesses that offer work experience and makes it easier to provide young people with opportunities.
According to the government, traineeships can provide employers with young people who are ready to work and have the knowledge and skills required to begin employment. Employers want people with experience and the qualifications necessary for particular jobs, Hancock pointed out. Good experience in the relevant business sector helps young people to secure employment or an apprenticeship, he added.
The traineeship scheme was launched in August this year and provides experience, skills and confidence for people aged between 16 and 23, allowing them to be competitive on the labour market and helping them secure a job or apprenticeship.
Traineeships last up to six months and offer work preparation training, including CV writing, preparation for interviews, support to improve maths skills or English, as well as a high-quality work experience placement.