Consultation launched to explore traineeship progression payment

A consultation on moving to a new traineeship funding system has been launched by the government.

From 2015/16, progression into apprenticeships, jobs or further learning could be incentivised. The consultation will also ask about the need for more consistency in funding arrangements between the 16-18 and 19-24 age groups.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “This consultation will test whether a funding approach designed specifically for traineeships, rather than based on existing arrangements, could produce better results for young people. We also want to make the experience more consistent, regardless of which department is responsible for funding.”

Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) chief executive Stewart Segal said: “AELP has consistently recommended more flexibility in the delivery of traineeships and we are pleased that these issues are being considered. We do need to move quickly on some of these issues to make a real success of the programme. One example of this in the consultation is a commitment to review the eligibility criteria for providers who deliver the programme.”

The results of the consultation will be revealed in the autumn.