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Traineeship programmes to be opened up to more young people

Traineeship programmes are to be opened up to more young people to help them prepare for work, the Government has announced.

Launched last year, traineeships give young people support with maths and English and 'meaningful work experience' in preparation for the workplace.

'More than 10,000 young people have already started a traineeship with firms like BT and Barclays - and they are proving a fantastic opportunity. But there is much more potential, so I want to see training providers and employers offer many more places,' Skills Minister Nick Boles said.

Traineeship consultation feedback

The changes follow Government consultation in which respondents 'overwhelmingly supported' wider eligibility, improved data on trainees' outcomes, and a more consistent approach to funding.

The changes include:

  • extending eligibility to 19 to 24 year olds with the equivalent of a full Level 2 qualification, in line with current eligibility for 16 to 18 year olds (from January 2015)
  • better use of destination and progression data for traineeships
  • simplified funding arrangements.

'I am confident it will be even easier to create top quality traineeships, focused on getting young people into apprenticeships and other jobs,' Nick Boles said.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published pdf icon Managing Future Talent - A guide for employers [1Mb], which aims to share good practice about how to create a workplace in which young employees can thrive.

The pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [360kb] has all you need to know about recruitment, selection and implementation of induction programmes.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your existing recruitment and induction procedures. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

Acas also offers practical training on Recruitment, based on its own guidance, taking you through the legal and best practice elements of fair and effective recruitment.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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