TUC and CBI speak up in support of government’s traineeship programmes

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have marked the first anniversary of the government’s traineeships programme by signing a joint statement of support for those wanting to take part in the scheme.

Both the TUC and CBI support traineeships as a way to get young people, who might otherwise struggle to gain a foothold in the labour market, into an apprenticeship or other job. They provide young unemployed people with an opportunity to undertake work experience placements alongside substantial, structured learning at a training provider, including working towards maths and English qualifications.

However, for traineeships to genuinely help young people into work they need to be high quality. The joint statement stresses the importance of trainees learning relevant, transferrable skills, having a proper induction into the workplace and receiving regular feedback from managers.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Traineeships are already proving a great stepping stone into Apprenticeships and other jobs, so I am delighted the TUC and CBI have come together to support the scheme. It is essential for employers to make sure that trainees have a high quality experience and gain valuable skills that will benefit them for their whole careers.

“Household names such as BT, the BBC and Siemens have already got involved alongside many smaller employers. This agreement should encourage even more businesses to sign up and provide opportunities for young people to gain the work experience and knowledge needed to begin their careers.”