Traineeships to be opened up to more young people

Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced government plans to open up the traineeships programme to more young people to help them prepare for apprenticeships and other work.

Speaking at the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) annual conference, Skills Minister Nick Boles also announced measures to publish data and improve how providers are funded, to build on the programme’s successful start after 10,000 young people participated last year.

The changes follow a government consultation on ways to ensure traineeships have the best results for young people.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “More than 10,000 young people have already started a traineeship with firms like BT and Barclays – and they are proving a fantastic opportunity. But there is much more potential, so I want to see training providers and employers offer many more places.

“The changes I am announcing today are based on feedback directly from those involved in the programme. I am confident it will be even easier to create top quality traineeships, focused on getting young people into apprenticeships and other jobs.

“Traineeships form an integral part of the government’s long-term economic plan to tackle youth unemployment. Backed by leading employers including BT, Virgin Media and Siemens, they give young people the skills and experience that employers look for when recruiting.”