Encouragement given to young people to boost chances of employment

Young people in the UK are being encouraged to participate in work experience schemes in order to boost their chances of employment.

As part of the National Skills Show 2013 young people can find out about all the opportunities available to them to guide them into employment or training – including apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience.

The Skills Show works with organisations across the country to deliver innovative events that inspire the next generation of skilled professionals. It features colleges, training providers and employers from across the country that can provide advice and support on the best route into a chosen career.

Work experience, a key component of the traineeship scheme, provides employers with a cohort of work-ready young people who have the skills and knowledge required to begin employment.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Employers want young people with great experience as well as necessary qualifications. Worthwhile experience within a business gives young people the helping hand they need to secure employment or an apprenticeship.

Work experience, whether paid or unpaid, can be hugely valuable to young people and evidence shows it works and helps people get jobs. So we support all businesses that offer work experience, and are making it as easy as possible to give young people these opportunities.”

The traineeship scheme, launched in August 2013 is intended to provide 16 to 23 year olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market and help them to secure apprenticeships or other jobs. Traineeships last a maximum of 6 months and provide work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing, support to improve English and maths skills and a high-quality work experience placement.

For employers considering apprenticeship schemes or traineeships for their business, Palmers can advise on all aspects of employment law as well as providing advice on how to set up an apprentice scheme. For more information about our employment law services, please visit our website or contact Lara Murray.