As the National Apprenticeship Service explains, Traineeships have been, “Developed in response to business needs, Traineeships ensure employers have the talented workforce required for business success.
- According to UKCES, just 24% of employers recruited young people directly from education in the past 2-3 years 
- Traineeships give employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality new recruits for their sector
- More than half of employers are aware of weaknesses in the core skills of at least some of their employees in literacy (55%) and numeracy (51%), with a third (35%) reporting that they have had to provide remedial training for young people joining them from school or college 
- All young people undertaking a Traineeship will be required to study English and maths unless they have achieved a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in those subjects
- Mid-sized employers (25-199 staff) have reported an increase in skill shortage vacancies since 2009
- Traineeships will help combat this problem by providing young people with the skills businesses need
From large organisations to small businesses, all employers can play a key role in helping young people get the skills they need to progress.
- Working with trainees will give your current employees the chance to develop expertise in the skill development, mentoring and coaching of young people
- 100 companies, including BT, Mercedes Benz and HSBC have already got behind the programme
Who are Traineeships aimed at?
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Young people who have been applying unsuccessfully for Apprenticeship vacancies due to a lack of skills or experience could be good candidates for a Traineeship.
Suitable for Traineeships
- Unemployed and have a little work experience
- Motivated to work
- Aged 16 to 24 and qualified below level 3
- Can be ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a Traineeship
Unsuitable for Traineeships
- Already have the skills and experience needed to start an Apprenticeship or find work
- The most disengaged young people, who require very intensive support
- Aged 24 plus (unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assesment up to academic age 25)
- Already in a job
How long is a Traineeship and what will your Trainee be doing?
- A The Traineeship will usually last between 2-5 months
- A Trainee will usually be expected to attend your work placement, based on full-time working hours
- We provide weekly tutorial sessions with one of our tutors
Work Placement & Preparation
The most important aspects of the Traineeship are the work preparation and placement elements. We want the Trainee to be given the opportunity to work in a real working environment and gain valuable experience and skills that you can then use as part of their CV and during interviews for jobs. During the Traineeship they will be working under the supervision of the work placement employer provider and they will be working in line with their processes and safe working practices.
We will be working with the Trainee to cover:
- Using ICT for job search and applications
- CV writing
- Building personal statements from a person specification
- Interview techniques
English and Maths Functional Skills
We will be working with the Trainee to establish what level of skills they already have and areas of particular difficulty that they have in both English and Maths. We will then be working through some exercises that will help them to develop their ability in these key areas that are covered by Function Skills qualifications at level 1 and 2. If they already have GCSEs or a Functional Skills qualification in both subjects, we will concentrate on other areas of their Traineeship.
Other Professional Skills
We are keen to ensure that we provide the Trainee with personal and professional development that will help prepare them for an Apprenticeship or their first entry into the world of work. We will therefore cover some topics that are central to many organisations such as Customer Service skills and an understanding of important topics such as effective teamwork and e-safety.
Each Traineeship is unique, but everyone will start with a look at the skills they already have and a personal learning journey will be developed for every candidate.
What happens at the end of a Traineeship?
As an employer, if you have an Apprenticeship vacancy or another vacancy open, they will be invited to attend an interview. If there is not an Apprenticeship vacancy open when they come to the end of theirTraineeship, they will still receive an end of Traineeship interview by the business and a written reference. If you have started a qualification in Functional Skills, TSP Learn will work with them to complete their training.