New guidance will open up traineeships to more young people

The government has published new guidance to expand traineeships and make them more accessible to young people, introducing greater flexibility to help learning providers and employers develop quality programmes.

Launched in August 2013, traineeships help to prepare young people for the world of work, by offering work experience, support with maths and English and work preparation training to improve their chances of gaining an apprenticeship or other job.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Traineeships have had a successful first year and thousands of young people have benefited from the chance to get the skills and work experience they need for an apprenticeship or other job. But there is more to do. We need more employers to offer traineeship places; I want more young people to have the opportunity to embark on a traineeship and take the first step in working towards a successful career.

“The guidance published today highlights further improvements to the programme based on feedback from those delivering and undertaking traineeships. This will enable the programme to be expanded and allow more young people to benefit from traineeships, whilst maintaining a strong focus on quality.”