The government’s traineeship scheme doesn’t often get mentioned in the media, even when talking about jobs and employment. However, it has been given a significant boost as they look to stop high levels of youth unemployment as COVID-19’s impact remains strong. Traineeships are not commonly discussed but can be great for employers and young people looking to begin on a career path.
New Funding for Traineeships
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer promised £1000 employer bonuses for each traineeship learner a company takes on. This comes from an injection of £111ms specifically in this area. Companies are allowed up to ten trainees and the aim is to boost the traineeships in total to over 30,000.
The traineeship programme was launched in 2013 and offers young people aged 17-24 with pre-employment opportunities. This pre-employment programme gives young people who do not have qualifications to level 3 to gain experience in the workplace. The scheme has now been expanded to include people with A-Level qualifications.
Traineeships take place over six weeks to six months and incorporate work placements with an employer on the programme as well as course-based elements.
Gain Level 2 Qualifications and Experiences
Anyone in the traineeship scheme will have the chance to complete their level two qualifications in Maths and English if they don’t already have them. This is alongside work experience and the chance to further their prospects in a particular employment area.
Traineeships are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agencies but where apprentices are paid, trainees are not. However, if they complete their traineeship, they are guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship or job in their employer’s business, if there is one available.
There have been worries that employers could exploit the scheme and young people looking for work, and critics have warned there needs to be a close watch on the outcomes of traineeships. The main benefit of traineeships for both learners and employers is the chance to try something new out. The employer can see how an enthusiastic, younger employee fits into their company while the learner can experience a new career area and see if it’s something they wish to pursue. Traineeship programmes are extremely structured, leaving learners perfectly primed to move into an apprenticeship where one is available.
Funding to Boost Traineeship Programme
Traineeships have many advantages for all parties but they haven’t been a particularly popular choice for school leavers as yet. The numbers have been steadily dropping with just 14,900 taken up in 2019 and this had led to the traineeship budget being cut down to £8.5 million. However, since the COVID-19 has taken its toll on the jobs market and hit young people particularly hard, traineeships have become more popular and of interest to a wider section of society.
The real risk of youth unemployment reaching over £1million means the government is pushing its traineeship incentive hard and giving young learners the chance to experience career areas of interest. More employers are bound to be interested in considering the scheme when they could stand to gain £10,000 in incentive payments.