The scheme, which could be in place by September, is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds and intended to be a “stepping stone” to an Apprenticeship or other jobs, the government says. Employers and the education sector have been invited to comment on the plans after the government published a “discussion paper” setting out the idea.
Traineeships would last around six months and would focus on work preparation training such as interview and inter-personal skills, CV-writing and work experience.
Participants who have yet to achieve an A* to C in GCSE English or maths would also continue working towards these.
It is part of the government’s strategy to tackle the one million young people (aged 16 to 24) who are not in education, employment or training.
The 19-page discussion paper states: “The primary objective of Traineeships would be to equip young people with the skills and experience they need to secure an Apprenticeship or other good job.”
For students aged 16 to 19, the Traineeships would be offered as part of the Study Programmes that schools and colleges are expected to introduce from September.
Study Programmes include work experience and the continuation of GCSE maths and English studies if relevant. Schools would be funded to offer Traineeships in the same way and at the same rate as other Study Programmes.
The discussion paper also states that employers would be encouraged to develop models and submit proposals to run Traineeships. Views are being sought by February 8. Visit www.education.gov.uk/traineeships