TRAINEESHIPS were introduced by the government in August as an initiative to help people aged 16-24 to get an apprenticeship and/or secure a job.
Only colleges and training providers with an Ofsted inspection grading of good or excellent, such as Wirral Met College, can deliver these Traineeships, which are focused on developing the skills needed for employment.
Young people who are ready to get a job or an apprenticeship will benefit from this targeted programme, which builds their workplace skills and confidence as well as providing much-needed work experience and an employer reference.
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) recently reported that on average, there are seven applicants for every apprenticeship vacancy available.
The good news is that NAS reported a record 15,000 jobs advertised as apprenticeships on its website recently.
So there are lots of opportunities out there, young people just need a helping hand in becoming well prepared for the job market.
Traineeships are a partnership between an employer and their local college or training provider and involve high-quality work experience, work preparation training (eg CV writing, job search and interview skills) as well as help with maths and English if required.
They are available for all people aged 16-24, and for those with a learning difficulty assessment up to the age of 25. If you’re aged 16-18 and have qualifications below level three (eg GCSEs, but not A-levels or BTEC diplomas) or are aged 19-24 and don’t yet have level two qualifications (eg you will have GCSEs below grades A-C), then you will be eligible to apply.
Traineeships are not intended for those who already have the skills and experience for work and are ready to start an apprenticeship, and you can not apply for one if you already have a job.
Once people have completed a Traineeship, it is expected that they will progress to an apprenticeship or job, or they may decide to enrol on a course to gain specialist qualifications for their chosen career.
Wirral Met College is proud to be working in partnership with Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to deliver Traineeships to people in Wirral.
In this innovative new project, the hospital has confirmed that it will provide up to 50 Traineeships over the coming year. It
will also provide mentors, to ensure trainees get maximum support.
These Traineeship vacancies involve an initial six weeks of work preparation training at college to update CVs, search for work and gain interview skills followed by an eight-week work placement at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospital sites.
These placements will be in various departments, including administration and reception, catering, portering and working within clinical support areas.
The first 20 Traineeships will be starting at the end of September and those interested in applying are invited to attend a special information and interview event next Tuesday, September 24, from 4pm, at Wirral Met College’s Conway Park campus in Birkenhead.
To find out more information, please call the student advisers at the college on 0151 551 7777.
For those people who are not confident or ready to start a Traineeship or apprenticeship, but who want to prepare for work, the new Employability Plus courses at Wirral Met College are a perfect alternative.
Employability Plus courses are at level one and last for 24 weeks, providing an introduction to the world of work and develop students’ confidence and motivation.
You’ve still time to enrol on some courses, so go along to the Conway Park campus or call 0151 551 7777.
The team will also be at Family Learning Festival, Birkenhead Library on Saturday, September 21 from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
The Conway Park, Twelve Quays and The Oval campuses are holding an open evening on Thursday, November 7 2013, 4.30-7.00pm .