The Traineeship Programme consists of work experience and English and Maths, along with job preparation such as CV-writing tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview. This means that learners can concentrate on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to enable them to progress on to Study Programmes, Apprenticeships or into work.
What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships have three core features:
- A high-quality work experience placement to help the young person develop the skills needed in the workplace.
- Work preparation training, focusing on skills such CV writing, interview preparation, job search and personal skills.
- English and Maths for those learners without GCSE A*-C or Functional Skills at Level 2 in the subjects.
Why have Traineeships been developed?
Traineeships form a key part of the Governments skills agenda. The Skills Funding Agency define the issue and policy intent behind Traineeships as follows:
- Some young people who are motivated and focused on employment, including Apprenticeships, are unable to successfully find work.
- Employers consistently report that young people applying for vacancies often lack work related skills and attitudes which they need to secure and sustain employment.
- Young people ‘move in and out of education and short-term employment… churning between the two in an attempt to find either a course which offers a real chance for progress, or a permanent job, and finding neither’.
The Policy Intent
- This is the gap that BIS and the SFA wants to fill through the development of traineeships – a progression route.
- The programme will provide a structured opportunity for young people who are motivated by work to develop the skills and experience they need to be attractive to employers.
- This will help them to move into sustainable Apprenticeships or other jobs, reinvigorate the workforce, reduce the proportion of young people who are NEET and reduce youth unemployment.
Who can offer Traineeships?
Colleges and training providers who are graded as Outstanding or Good by Ofsted and are not under a formal notice (of concern or to improve) are able to deliver Traineeships.
- Existing Adult Skills Budget providers that hold a contract with the SFA. Funded on the same basis per component model as standard ASB contract.
- Existing providers for 16-19 year olds that hold a contract with the Education Funding Agency will be able to deliver traineeships within the new Study Programme arrangements – funding per student.
- Existing 16-18 Apprenticeship providers that don’t have an EFA contract will be able to deliver through their contract with the Agency. Funded on the same basis as those through the EFA.
- The Employer Ownership Programme provides an additional route for employers.
How do I use Gateway Qualifications qualifications in a Traineeship programme?
Gateway Qualifications will work with you so you can support your learners to help them boost their skills, confidence and ultimately find sustained employment, all through the delivery of high quality training.
We have a range of qualifications which help learners take the step from education to the workplace, through building the transferable skills and core attributes that businesses across all sectors are looking for.
Our suite of Employability Skills qualifications ensure learners are able to present themselves correctly, work in a team, solve problems, follow instructions and manage their time.
We also have bite-sized English and Maths qualifications which are ideally suited to building up learners skills in these areas, and which can be combined to cover the subjects and levels the individual learner needs.
The Gateway Assured Skills Passport is a new scheme developed as part of the new Gateway Assured offer. Particularly suitable for use within Traineeships, the Gateway Assured Skills Passport can be used alongside approved training packages to record evidence of the knowledge and skills trainees have acquired over a period of time, as well as providing trainees with an opportunity to record their action planning, review and evaluation.
For more information about Traineeships see:
- Traineeships: Framework for Delivery (DFE & BIS)