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Today centres can start delivering the new traineeships programme. Announced by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock in May, traineeships are a great opportunity to help young people take their first steps into the workplace and start mastering the skills necessary to maintain sustainable work.
Aimed at 16 to 24 year olds, traineeships 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’ have been built with learner and centre focus and have been informed by a summer pilot run by OCR and the Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO).
Formed of qualifications which will really help learners and centres, Cambridge Traineeships can be offered as a proven and pre-existing package or there are Regional Account Managers on hand to help you build bespoke learning solutions.
The pilot has shaped Cambridge Traineeships to ensure that young people are supported on their journey into sustainable employment; helping to re-engage them with learning and encouraging them to develop skills and standards that are valued by employers.
A group of young people from Thanet and Gravesend took part in the KATO pilot, using a programme that closely mirrored the shape of traineeships to improve their employability and readiness for work.
Profile Development and Training Ltd was one of the organisations chosen to deliver the pilot. Managing Director Andrea Webb said “From our experience, traineeships are a really good way of preparing young people for apprenticeships and employment. The employers have provided valid opportunities for the learners to get real world work experience, and in fact some of them will progress into employment at the end of the course or go on to do an apprenticeship. It has given them options they didn’t have previously.”
The pilot has also received a positive response from learners. Nineteen year old Alex Foster had struggled to find work after leaving education and felt that his lack of work experience was holding him back. Alex added “The work placement has really helped me. As well as helping me to build my confidence, it’s opened my eyes to other possibilities. The maths and English is valuable because it helps you to brush up on what you’ve learned previously.
“My advice to other young people out there is ‘go for it!’ It’s a great way to broaden your knowledge and reinforce your capabilities.”
Read the full KATO story as well as a learner’s view.
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