Employers urged to get involved with traineeships

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 1 August 2014 in News
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Throughout programme, the trainee is able to develop essential work preparation training skills including CV writing, interviewing, customer service, health and safety and first aid. Trainees also have the chance to improve their maths and English skills if needed 

Training provider Kaplan is encouraging employers and young people to get involved in traineeships after the Office of National Statistic recently revealed that nearly 25 per cent of young people in the North West are economically inactive.  

Traineeships are aimed at 16- to 18 year-olds who are out of work and want to improve their chances of finding an apprenticeship or job. A traineeship helps young people to build their CV and train for the work place, making them more appealing to employers.

The scheme can last from six weeks to six months, depending on the individual’s needs, and is made up of class room based training and a high quality work experience placement. Throughout programme, the trainee is able to develop essential work preparation training skills including CV writing, interviewing, customer service, health and safety and first aid. Trainees also have the chance to improve their maths and English skills if needed.

Andi MacGregor, head of employability training at Kaplan, said: “At Kaplan, we are excited to participate in the traineeship scheme in the North West; we think it’s a great opportunity for those who are struggling to find employment. Employers often criticise young people for their lack of qualifications, experience and working skills and a traineeship fills those gaps. The scheme also gives young people, who are often uncertain about their future, a chance to trial a career of their choice.”

Paul Wareham, from PS Accounting in Heywood, Greater Manchester, recently took on a trainee full-time. He said: “Kaplan were very pro-active in making us aware of the traineeship programme and initially we took Emma for a six week period to help us through a busy period.  As a firm we put a lot of emphasis on training the next generation of Accountants and this was a great way to have a look at a potential future employee with little risk.  After the six week period we offered Emma a fulltime position and she will now go to Kaplan for day release training to study the AAT qualification.”

 

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