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In this week’s Spending Review the Government announced that the traineeships programme will be extended to cover 19 to 24 year olds. Starting in August 2013, traineeships will help young people take their first steps into the workplace and will be structured around three core areas: work placements, work preparation training, and a focus on improving English and maths skills.
OCR’s ‘Cambridge Traineeships’ package will include relevant qualifications such as Cambridge Progression in English and maths, Cambridge Employability and Enterprise. It will also go a step further and ensure that young people are re-engaged in learning and are encouraged to grow habits, values and characteristics valued by the community and employers.
In May, days after Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced the traineeships programme for 16 to 19 year olds, with anticipation to extend this to those aged 19 to 24, OCR launched a pilot traineeship designed to help young people in Kent gain skills and experience to secure places on Apprenticeships or other sustainable employment.
The pilot traineeship, run by OCR and the Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO) closely mirrors the shape of traineeships and is currently supporting a group of 29 young people from areas of high unemployment. The feedback gained from real training providers and learners will be valuable in making sure that Cambridge Traineeships are truly fit for purpose.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “Nearly one million 16 to 24 year olds in the UK were unemployed in the first quarter of 2013 and the extension to encompass 19 to 24 year olds within the traineeships programme is welcome news. Helping young people into the workplace is important for the economy and a responsibility for us all, including awarding bodies. This week’s announcement will allow our Cambridge Traineeships to support even more young people on their journey into sustainable employment.”
Visit our dedicated website page for more information about Cambridge Traineeships.