Skills Active Initiative

Earlier this month an announcement was made by the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock regarding the introduction of a potential ‘Traineeship’ model. These new Traineeships will aim to provide 16-24 year olds who are either not in education, or struggling to find work, with complete “flexible and tailor-made” work preparation sessions.

The new model is currently being developed, with plans to be place by as early as September 2013.

Benefits for those undertaking the Traineeship:

High-quality work placement
Learning support for those who have not achieved a GCSE grade C in English and maths.

Mr Hancock is urging employers and Training Providers to help shape the initiative’s progression by inviting them to give their opinions on the plans. SkillsActive is encouraging Training Providers and employers to engage with and help shape the format of these Traineeships.

A discussion paper <http://cts.vresp.com/c/ SkillsActive/65f1e46710/e7822a871a/97cf21e39b> has been released by Mr Hancock asking 12 questions <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SkillsActive/65f1e46710/e7822a871a/a661cc144d> about what a Traineeship programme for 16-18 year olds on study programmes, and the young unemployed (19-24 year olds), should look like. Follow the links below to view the:
Discussion paper <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SkillsActive/65f1e46710/e7822a871a/6b76b3dffe>
12 Questions <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SkillsActive/65f1e46710/e7822a871a/5ef263d619>

The success of these Traineeships will depend on the commitment and expertise of Training Providers and employers alike. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you could provide answers to the 12 questions. Ideally we would like to collate your views and gather any relevant evidence of existing good practice.

If you would like to join the discussion please send your views and answers to apprenticeships@skillsactive.com by 5pm, Tuesday 29 January 2013.

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