Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announces £20m boost to Traineeships programme

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The Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, has announced that an extra £20m is being made available to the new Traineeships programmeTraineeships, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, began in August and provide 16 to 23-year-olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market – helping them secure Apprenticeships or other jobs.

More than 500 providers have pledged to take on trainees this year and so far 150 companies, both large and small, have all expressed an interest in offering placements to young people.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“Traineeships give young people the helping hand they need to compete for Apprenticeships and other jobs.

“The programme is off to an excellent start with strong backing from employers and training providers. “

We have responded to this demand by providing additional investment and in time Traineeships will become the clear route for young people looking to get the crucial grounding they need in the world of work.”

Traineeships are part of the Government’s wider aim to ensure the future workforce possess the skills employers want in their employees.

Kim Thorneywork, chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency, said:

“Traineeships are a valuable training and education programme, which can give young people a real insight and springboard into the world of work.”

Traineeships last a maximum of six months and provide:

  • work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing;
  • support to improve English and maths skills;
  • a high-quality work experience placement (between six weeks and five months);
  • and training from providers who are rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Source National Apprenticeship Service

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