'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.'' David Bowie
Traineeships are designed to help students prepare for either an apprenticeship or work.
To help students apply and be prepared for apprenticeship schemes, the government have introduced these short traineeship programs, a combination of work experience and learning.
A trainee program will also help anyone who wants to enter an apprenticeship scheme gain the necessary requirements of basic English or Maths qualifications.
Traineeships are work placements can that last from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Anyone aged between 16 and 24 years can apply.
Students work for 16 hours a week.
All traineeship programs are paid for by the government.
Trainees are not paid, but generally, employers offer them financial help with travel costs, childcare if needed, and possibly lunch money.
Many organisations that provide apprenticeship schemes also run traineeship programs, and students can, therefore, continue onto an apprenticeship program after they complete the initial training program.
We have begun to create independent reviews of apprenticeship programmes (really getting under the skin of organisations to see how they tick in terms of their current and future apprenticeships offers), to give teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils a reliable and insightful view of what each apprenticeship offers, in the short and in the long term, and of who it suits.
Please take a look at them here, and let us know what you think.
Apprenticeships are not all alike. Top of the range Degree Apprenticeships are as good as a university degree. Below that are Apprenticeships that offer a wide range of practical and theoretical training, which are well respected in the industries they serve. And then there are others that do not amount to much at all. All the employers in our Apprenticeship Reviews offer high-class Apprenticeships – ones that can form the foundation of a fine career.
Apprenticeships may well be the flavour of the moment, but they are not a new idea. In fact, apprenticeships hark back to Medieval Times. Craftsmen would take on young men (14 -21 years) offering them a free training in exchange for basic food and lodgings. An apprentice would be tied to their employer for several years during which they would learn as much as they were able to become a qualified craftsman themselves. During the Industrial Revolution, the concept was abolished, and it was not until the 1960s that it re-emerged in the UK.
For nearly 30 years the Good Schools Guide has provided trusted help and advice to parents, helping them with one of the most important questions they face - choosing the right school for their child. The Good Schools Guide: Careers (GSGC) is a natural development of that help, aimed at young people and their parents as they consider the future.
Apart from having excellent career staff - essential guides to an unknown land - careers departments should offer lots of careers development. These are programmes and opportunities where and through which you can learn about careers; opportunities to experience work, involving real employers or other outside experts.