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UKACTIVE UPDATE Traineeship Scheme


David Stalker, ukactive CEO, looks at how the sector should take


advantage of traineeships T


his month, the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation will make an announcement


about the funding of traineeships – a new scheme that was introduced in January 2013 by the Department of Education. T e policy – ‘Traineeships: Supporting


young people to develop the skills for apprenticeships and other sustained jobs’ – aims to get young people into sustainable employment programmes. Starting last month and set to be delivered in 2013/14, the programme is designed to be easy to access and understandable for young people.


Who are traineeships for? Traineeships focus on young people aged 16–19 years – this may be extended to 24-year-olds in due course – and young people with Learning Diffi culty Assessments up to the age of 25. T e policy aims to benefi t young people who are not currently in a job and have little work experience. Traineeships have the specifi c goal


of making young people ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of starting the course.


How are traineeships different from apprenticeships or other types of work experience? T e course content, duration and fi nal objective of a traineeship is distinct from any other form of training currently available for young people. T ere’s a joint emphasis on work placement experience, developing life skills and earning academic qualifi cations. For example, as well as learning customer service skills on the gym fl oor, trainees will also learn how to write an eff ective CV and continue to study the core GCSE courses until a grade of A–C has been achieved. T e Department for Education has built


a great deal of fl exibility into the courses, developing a range of content that will help trainers build bespoke programmes to get the best out of their candidate.


Traineeships focus on work experience, life skills development and gaining relevant sector qualifi cations


How will they be delivered? T e Department for Education is encouraging partnerships between employers and education/training providers to maximise all components of the scheme. Employers are encouraged to have a key role in engaging young people and enrolling them on the programme. Organisations such as schools, colleges


and Jobcentre Plus centres and the National Careers Service will also play an important role in informing young people of these opportunities.


How will the traineeships be funded? As employers are considered key to the success of traineeships, the Department for Education has set aside public funding through T e Employer Ownership of Skills pilot, a scheme created by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which invites employers to develop proposals that raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth. Alongside this, the Department for


Education encourages employers to form partnerships with existing education or training providers. An employer may also become an approved training provider in its own right some years down the line.


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Can these traineeships benefit fitness sector employers? Employers will be able to determine from the very beginning the type of qualifi cations and skills they think necessary for their organisation. T e key advantage of traineeships


over apprenticeships is that they ensure the quality of candidates isn’t compromised by the nature of the course itself. Employers can be assured that candidates are prepared to take up a career in the sector, and that the accompanying support from educational providers will develop a more well- rounded potential employee capable of moving onto the next stage of training. Nevertheless, employers will also need


to take the time to invest fully in the candidate to get the best out of every young person taking up the course.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For more information on how to get involved with traineeships, contact Stephen Wilson, director of public aff airs and policy: stephenwilson@ukactive.org.uk


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