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Traineeships launched to make young 'work ready'

Traineeships for 16 to 24-year-olds have been recently launched to give young people the work skills and experience they need to get their careers off the starting blocks.

The traineeships are intended for young people who are aspiring to get a job but who are not yet 'work ready'. The work preparation training may include support in maths and English, and 'meaningful work experience' to provide insight and knowledge of the workplace.

The problem of how to make the transition from school or college to employment has been recognised on both sides of the gap. Around a third of employers in one survey said they were dissatisfied with school leavers' basic literacy and numeracy, and less than a quarter of employers took on a young employee in the last two to three years. Meanwhile, fewer than two in five young people say that they feel ready for the world of work.

Many young people talk of the trap of needing work experience for a job, but not being able to get a job or placement for lack of experience. Almost three-quarters of employers say work experience is 'critical or significant' when recruiting.

On a traineeship, young people get experience, a reference and an exit interview, or a job interview if a role is available.

Traineeships last from six weeks to a maximum of six months, with content tailored to the needs of the individual.

Employers are not required to pay young people on traineeships, which are exempt from National Minimum Wage regulations. However, they are encouraged to help trainees with their travel and meal costs.

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