The Skills Company wins traineeship award

Manchester based training organisation The Skills Company has won the Fair Train Work Experience Quality Standard award for its work in traineeships that benefits over 1,000 young people every year.


Recognised for its efforts

Fair Train is a national charity which champions the benefits of work experience and works with employers and learning providers to encourage organisations to offer work-based learning opportunities.

The charity awarded The Skills Company with the Gold Standard, the highest quality award for work experience and demonstrates exemplary performance in employment practices, including commitment to the progression of learners and supportive supervision throughout the work experience placement.

The Work Experience Quality Standard is an independent, nationally-recognised quality benchmark which is part-funded by the UKCES (UK Commission for Employment & Skills) and is recognised by key government departments, Local Enterprise Partnerships, employers, trade unions, the National Careers Service and others who co-ordinate work experience.


‘‘Helping young people gain employment’’

The Skills Company has helped a number of young learners, including St Helens student Tom Southern. He started a plumbing course at college, but soon realised that this was not the career path he wanted to follow, and decided to leave. Tom then applied to the Skills Company training centre in the hope that of finding a career direction.

Tom was able to explore his career options, including animal care, which he had an interest in.  A programme of study and work experience was put together for Tom which included the opportunity for him to re-sit his English GCSE. Fast-forward a few months and Tom was taken into full time employment with the Dog Barn, a local company which offers a grooming service, pet supplies, and ‘doggy day care’.

Tom said: ‘‘my work experience gave me new transferable skills that you need in everyday life as well as work.  I also learned a lot about animal care and behaviour and the work experience helped me to get the job I wanted.’’

Commenting on the award, Alan Benvie, Director of Study Programmes at The Skills Company said:

‘‘Work experience is one of the cornerstones of our work in helping young people gain employment.’’