The Traineeship programme is the government’s flagship policy to support young people to become work ready. As part of our activity to support the development and successful implementation of Traineeship policy, we have worked with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to explore how Traineeships might work for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) employers within the context of a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. Our research in the Dorset LEP area engaged a range of stakeholders - including STEM employers, learning providers and policymakers – and found that although employers were generally positive about Traineeships, a lack of awareness of the programme is limiting its potential.
Following on from this work, we are currently working with the Humber LEP to demonstrate how Trainee-ships in STEM will help prevent future skills shortages and skills gaps in the region. This demonstration pilot project will raise awareness of Traineeships, help the LEP create better contacts with more employers and support local employers to create the right Traineeship opportunities that will help fill current and future jobs.
We’re also currently 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 is being managed by AELP with strategic support from NIACE, AoC, HOLEX, 157 Group, and the Spirit Pub Company.