Traineeships Staff Support Programme

17th January 2014

NIACE is working with a host of sector organisations to help provide professional development support that will improve the quality and personal capacity of provider staff to deliver effective traineeship programmes. The Education and Training Foundation has made £715k of funding available for this work which organisations can now bid for by 4pm, Monday 10 February.


Following a successful tendering process run by the Foundation, AELP are managing the programme along with partner organisations AoC, HOLEX, 157 Group, NIACE and the Spirit Pub Company.


AELP invite bids from the FE and skills sector to run projects which provide professional support and produce resources and materials that can be disseminated across the traineeship sector workforce to facilitate continuous improvement.


Successful projects will focus on one or more of the following areas:


  • Improving the quality of teaching with a focus on English and maths, employability and basic occupational skills.
  • Supporting staff to engage with employers with a focus on securing and managing work placements, working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and developing placements in new sectors.
  • Supporting the development of robust initial assessment processes to ensure appropriate learner enrolment.
  • Improving the quality of provision for learners from vulnerable and excluded groups and communities and those who have protected characteristics.

Fiona Aldridge, Head of Learning for Work at NIACE, said:


“NIACE is delighted to be involved in the delivery of the new Traineeships Staff Support Programme. We are confident that Traineeships have the potential to make a real difference in enabling young people to gain the crucial skills and experience they need to progress into work or onto an Apprenticeship.


“Through the Support Programme, and wider development work with both BIS and the Gatsby Foundation, NIACE looks forward to supporting providers and employers throughout the country in developing high quality, flexible and creative approaches to delivering Traineeships, so that all Trainees have the opportunity to benefit from an experience that secures the best outcomes for them, on the pathway to secure and rewarding careers.”