Sixth form academy to offer ‘pre-traineeship’ programme

100 students at Haywood Academy are going to get the chance to trial a new ‘pre-traineeship’ programme. Haywood has teamed up with exam board Edexcel to design a tailor-made employment certificate for students.

Alongside traditional qualifications like A-levels, students can opt for a work-based learning route, which will see them spend three days a week in a local business. A number of companies from a wide range of industries have already signed up, and have committed to offer teenagers an interview for a permanent job or apprenticeship after they have completed their initial training.

Students will be introduced to other departments during their placements, to get a well-rounded view of the business. This could entail digital skills such as website development and social media, sales and customer service work, distribution and marketing.

Mike Whittingham, who is leading the development of the new sixth form being set up by Haywood Academy, said: “The training will last for at least 12 months and will involve spending two days a week at the sixth form, with the other three days on a placement. Businesses often say young people haven’t got the experience when they apply for jobs. This is about creating the experience.”