Starting this August, the government is making available traineeships for young
people between the ages of 16 and 19 and those with Learning Difficulty Assessments up to an academic age of 25. The plan is to extend the scheme at a later point to include young people up to 24 years of age, the Skills Funding Agency has announced.
Traineeships are intended to assist youngsters willing to work but requiring extra help to secure an apprenticeship or a job. The programme, which will last for six months at the most, is developed with individual learner needs in mind. It will provide participants with the opportunity to build their skills and gain workplace experience relevant to employers, thus improving their chances of securing a job.
The programme will focus on putting young people in high quality work placements, providing them with work preparation training and helping them with English and maths. Training providers and employers will be free to combine those elements in a manner that best engages and supports trainees, laying the foundations for future skills and careers.
Eligible providers will play a central part in the coordination of traineeships with local employers. Providers will also play a leading role in engaging trainees and ensuring they satisfy the eligibility criteria laid out the Framework Document. Employers will play an equally important role, assuming responsibility for providing high quality work placements in partnership with training providers.
The Skills Funding Agency said that it would publish a list of eligible providers and traineeship funding rules this week.