Traineeship is step in right direction

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Bedford College is empowered to bring young people and employers together through Government-funded Traineeships.

Traineeships are designed to help young people take the final steps towards employment as Apprentices.

Young people spend 20 hours a week with an employer and one day in college over a 12 week period, giving them a chance to make the transition into a real job.

Project leader Karen Taylor said: “This is open to 16 - 24-year-olds who are eager to work but need ‘employability’ training and some experience of the workplace. We have had employers in a range of areas offering their valuable time with ‘trainees’ and we are now sending the next group of young people forward to the workplace.”


To be eligible for a Traineeship young people have to meet a variety of criteria according to their age and educational background. They can take up a Traineeship without losing benefits, within set limits. They are given a range of training in CV writing, interview techniques and skills for the workplace before they meet with employers.

Added Karen: “This is a great way for an employer to be able to work with a young person before they make a commitment to going into an apprenticeship arrangement. If they both decide to take that extra step then Bedford College will guide them.”

Said Bedford College Enterprise Director Sharon Chinneck: “We help guide employers through the ever-changing landscape of Government rules and regulations for training for employees of all ages. We recognise that small businesses haven’t the time to plough through the paperwork  – but would like to give a young person a chance. Offering a Traineeship is a step towards taking on an Apprentice. 

If you're a young person looking to get into work, visit our Traineeships section for more information.

If you're an employer and want to find out how the Traineeship scheme can benefit your business, find out more here.

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