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Government pumps £20m of new money into traineeships

Posted on 04 October 2013

The government has announced it is to provide £20m of new money to help support its traineeships programme, which began in August.

The scheme provides 16 to 23 year-olds "with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market, helping them secure apprenticeships or other jobs", according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis).

The government said more than 500 providers had pledged to take on trainees this year and so far 150 companies had expressed an interest in offering placements to young people.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said traineeships gave young people the "helping hand" they needed to compete for apprenticeships and other jobs.

"The programme is off to an excellent start with strong backing from employers and training providers.

"We have responded to this demand by providing additional investment and in time traineeships will become the clear route for young people looking to get the crucial grounding they need in the world of work."

Steve Radley, director of policy at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, said the investment would mean more young people having a better chance of stepping onto the career ladder, adding that traineeships had already been "positively adopted" in industries in manufacturing.

"However, if government wants more employers to get on board, it should extend the traineeship model to a maximum of 12 months.

"This will enable learners to really grasp the skills and experience that employers demand, whilst having the opportunity to take relevant vocational qualifications which employers value," he said.