TUC launches Charter to provide traineeship guidance

Unionlearn, the learning and skills arm of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has launched a new Charter which will provide assistance to employers, young people, training providers and union reps to make sure that the government’s new traineeship programme is implemented correctly and to the highest standard.

The Charter sets out the following guidelines for traineeships:

  • Employers should pay the trainee where work of value is completed.
  • Young people should be taught skills to enhance their employment prospects
  • Trainees should be given careers advice, learn about employment rights and health and safety.
  • Any qualifications gained should count towards an apprenticeship framework

Director of unionlearn Tom Wilson said: “With nearly a million young people currently out of work, unions believe that more needs to be done to help them get their careers back on track. Traineeships can provide a vital bridge between education and work or an apprenticeship – but only if they are of sufficiently high quality. Bad schemes can exploit trainees and displace existing workers from paid employment without doing anything to help young people into work.

For a work placement to be genuinely useful it should offer fair pay when work of value is done, proper careers guidance and a guaranteed job interview at the end. While the TUC Traineeships Charter is primarily designed for union reps to negotiate better schemes with employers, it should also be useful for training providers and young people wanting to know what to expect from a good quality work placement.”