As GCSE results day looms, traineeships offer a vital new option for school leavers

It’s GCSE results day on Thursday and school leavers are being directed towards the new traineeships programme which will prepare them for apprenticeship schemes or the world of work.

Launched at the beginning of August, traineeships offer young people work preparation training, an opportunity to improve their English and maths and a high quality work placement. It gives young people the chance to gain valuable work experience which will help them secure apprenticeships or full time jobs.

Since the coalition government entered office, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has been calling on ministers to introduce the programme.

AELP chief executive Stewart Segal said: “Youth unemployment has remained stubbornly high despite the more encouraging signals about the economy recently.  At the same time, winning a place on an apprenticeship is now highly valued, so young people with good exam results are at a distinct advantage.  This means that the introduction of Traineeships is a vital new option for school leavers, especially for those who may be feeling down about their job prospects after receiving their results.

“Traineeships are new but they are expected to grow in number quickly and be available across many sectors.”