Some young people may find it hard to enter the world of employment, particularly if they have no solid previous knowledge of — and experience in — the workplace. Work can therefore seem a daunting prospect.

The Traineeships programme — launched last year — has been designed to provide a stepping stone to future success by giving young people aged 16-23 the work preparation training, English, maths and work experience they need to get an Apprenticeship or other job. Traineeships are delivered by training providers, with employers providing valuable work experience placement, last for a maximum of six months, with the training tailored to suit the needs of the individual and employer. Training costs are covered by the government who, in October, announced an additional £20million funding for the programme.

Investing in the future
For employers, it’s a chance to get ahead of the competition by bringing enthusiastic young people with their fresh ideas into their businesses before they get on to the job ladder, while at the same time developing a loyal and talented workforce. Plus, working with Trainees will give established staff members the chance to develop their skills in mentoring and coaching young people.

Companies already behind Traineeships include Siemens, Virgin Media and the Port of Tilbury, the UK’s third largest port. Based in Thurrock, Essex, the Port was one of the first in the country to sign up to the Traineeship programme. With a long tradition of offering Apprenticeships, the Port views Traineeships as a similar means to invest in the future and mitigate the problem of an ageing workforce.

“Traineeships are an essential component of our recruitment strategy, says Alan Appleyard, Head of Academy at the Port of Tilbury. “The work experience and training will increase the young person’s employability and underpins the recruitment of fresh talent for the Port. Our ultimate aim is to offer suitable Trainees an Apprenticeship or other job at Tilbury Port.”