New traineeship programme to help young people get skills necessary for working life

A new programme will help young people gain the skills and experience they need to compete for apprenticeships and jobs.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said the scheme, due to launch in September, would help young people reach their "personal best".

The programme will provide young people aged 16 to 24 with a tailor-made package of support which will equip them with the confidence, skills and experience needed to find employment.

The Government's vision for the traineeships includes preparation training such as CV writing, interview skills, job searching and inter-personal skills.

Work placements would be provided to improve young people's skills and offer valuable experience, while those who have not achieved at least GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English will be given help.

It is hoped that those who pass through the traineeships will represent the kind of apprentices and workers that employers want to take on.

Mr Hancock said: "We want to support everyone in our country to reach their personal best. To do that, we are introducing traineeships to help young people with the skills they need to get a job, and hold down a job.

"That's vital for our economy to compete in the global race. And it's a question of fairness.

"Traineeships will give young people the helping hand and experience they need to compete for apprenticeships and good jobs."

Employers, colleges, schools and young people have been asked to comment on the Government's plan as part of its development.

Professor Alison Wolf, who was behind a Government review into vocational education, said: "Long term changes in the labour market have been very hard on young people.

"It is increasingly difficult for them to gain the work experience and workplace skills that help them move into permanent employment. In my review, I argued that the Government needed to address this issue as a matter of urgency, and I am delighted to see that they are indeed doing so."

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