AN EXTRA £20 million is being made available to the government’s new traineeships programme to help young people into apprenticeships and other jobs.
The additional funding is aimed at providing 16 to 23-year-olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market.
It will also be set up with the view to helping them secure apprenticeships or other jobs.
More than 500 providers have pledged to take on trainees this year and so far 150 companies, both large and small, have all expressed an interest in offering placements to young people.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Traineeships give young people the helping hand they need to compete for Apprenticeships and other jobs.
“The programme is off to an excellent start with strong backing from employers and training providers.
“We have responded to this demand by providing additional investment and, in time, we hope traineeships will become the clear route for young people looking to get the crucial grounding they need in the world of work.”
Traineeships last a maximum of six months and provide work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing, support to improve English and maths skills, a work experience placement and training.